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Wilco respond to (Volkswagen) “sell out’ accusations

WilcoAs reported on Sunday, Wilco songs are playing in the new Volkswagen commercials. Wilco sent out this message:

As many of you are aware, Volkswagen has recently begun running a series of TV commercials featuring Wilco music.

Why? This is a subject we’ve discussed internally many times over the years regarding movies, TV shows and even the odd advertisement. With the commercial radio airplay route getting more difficult for many bands (including Wilco); we see this as another way to get the music out there. As with most of the above (with the debatable exception of radio) the band gets paid for this. And we feel okay about VWs. Several of us even drive them.

If you’re keeping track, this is not the first time Wilco has licensed a song to or even been involved in a commercial — most recently a TV spot for Telefonica Mobile in Spain used a Wilco song and some years prior Jeff Tweedy appeared in a campaign for Apple Computer. Wilco have licensed hundreds of songs to television shows and films worldwide… from festival-only indie films to major motion pictures and weekly TV shows.

Thus far the songs in the VW campaign are “The Thanks I Get” (a bonus track from Sky Blue Sky sessions, available for download via the Enhanced CD and via iTunes) and “You are my Face”. We expect to have more details re: other songs shortly. The current plan (subject to change, like everything) is for 5 or 6 songs to be used.

That’s it. Don’t believe everything you read unless you read it here.

Commercial below…

AND…..

are the The National like Wilco???

Watch Willco AOL Music sessions HERE.

Wilco – 2007 Tour Dates
Jun 13 – Adler Theatre Davenport, Iowa
Jun 14 – Aronoff Center Cincinnati, Ohio
Jun 15 – Murat Theatre Indianapolis, Indiana
Jun 17 – Bonnaroo Manchester, Tennessee
Jun 19 – Chastain Park Amphitheatre Atlanta, Georgia
Jun 20 – Ovens Auditorium Charlotte, North Carolina
Jun 21 – Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, Maryland
Jun 22 – Count Basie Theatre Red Bank, New Jersey
Jun 24 – The Pines Northampton, Massachusetts
Jun 25 – Hammerstein Ballroom New York, New York
Jun 26 – Warsaw Brooklyn, New York
Jun 28 – Bank of America Pavilion Boston, Massachusetts
Jun 29 – The Green at Shelburne Museum Shelburne, Vermont
Jun 30 – Massey Hall Toronto, Ontario
Jul 7 – Kongsberg Jazz Festival Kongsberg
Jul 8 – Roskilde Festival Copenhagen
Jul 11 – Montreux Jazz Festival – Stravinski Hall Montreux
Jul 13 – Latitude Festival Suffolk
Jul 14 – Indian Summer Festival Glasgow, Scotland
Jul 15 – Dour Festival Dour
Jul 17 – Spazio211 Festival Turin
Jul 20 – Festival Internacional de Benicassim Benicassim
Sep 14 – Austin City Limits Festival Austin, Texas

Previously
* Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky = Volkwsagon commercial soundtrack
* more Wilco posts

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