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'American Idol' and Apples in Stereo: weird-good or weird-bad?

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Last night’s in-show Ford Focus advertorial on Americal Idol, featuring psych-pop outfit Apples in Stereo’s “Energy,” now occupies a special place in history — that ant-sized spot where AI viewers and Elephant Six collective fans meet.

Below, Idol‘s version of the song, and the original video from the 2007 album New Magnet Wonder. Tell us, Musix Mixers, is anything that exposes an underappreciated band to the masses (see: Of Montreal’s Outback Steakhouse ads, M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes”-boosting Pineapple Express appearance) a good thing — cred doesn’t pay the ConEd bill, after all — or does it just suck the pleasure and context out of music that means something to you? Do you feel like buying a car now?

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