We breakdown the familiar tunes in the TV ads for Volvo, Intel, and more

By Rob Brunner
May 28, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

It keeps happening to us, too: Every time we reach for the remote to skip a commercial break, we’re sucked in by some ad featuring an obscure musical favorite. Here are some current spots boasting cool tunes that keep us from clicking.

Spot: Volvo’s S80 ad
You hear: A loungey groove with a woman asking ”How do I look?”
The song: French DJ Dimitri From Paris’ ”Une Very Stylish Fille,” off his 1998 album Sacrebleu

Spot: Intel’s sock-monkey ad for the Pentium III processor
You hear: A rhythm-heavy Brazilian tune
The song: Jorge Ben’s ”Ponta de Lanca Africano (Umbabarauma),” available on the 1989 compilation Brazil Classics 1

Spot: Adidas’ ad featuring soccer star David Beckham
You hear: ’60s-ish electronica
The song: Fatboy Slim’s ”Soul Surfing,” from last year’s You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

Spot: The Gap’s Khaki Soul
You hear: A bluesy dude singing about ”a lovely day”
The song: Bill Withers’ 1977 ”Lovely Day,” included on 1994’s Lean on Me: The Best of Bill Withers