IN STORES SEPTEMBER 17
DISTURBED Believe (Reprise) The thrash money crew’s enhanced CD is one of the few places to catch the MTV-banned video for “Prayer.”
LIFEHOUSE Stanley Climbfall (DreamWorks) More angsty rock from the boys who were “Hanging by a Moment” till their 2000 debut went double platinum.
JOHN MAYER Inside Wants Out (Columbia) Now that it’s hip to be Squares, Mayer’s label is rereleasing his debut EP, a mostly acoustic effort made in 1999.
JOAN OSBORNE How Sweet It Is (Compendia/Womanly Hips) Remakes of 12 classic songs by the bluesy soul sister, with guest appearances by Isaac Hayes, Ahmir Thompson of the Roots, and Meshell Ndegeocello.
ON THE SPOT Cool Songs From Commercials
The scruffily cute guy in “French Dictionary,” the Levi’s commercial involving a young couple and a curious car chase, is Y Tu Mama Tambien star Gael Garcia Bernal. The spot’s defining song? AIR’s “Playground Love.”
If that Verizon ad has a familiar ring, that’s because it uses the BEATLES’ “All Together Now” to tout the communications provider’s bundled services.
Mama loves mambo, and so do slugs, apparently. The slimy creatures out for a run in their Adidas trot to the beat of “Mambo 1000” by URSULA 1000.
Chew on this: GORILLAZ’s “19/2000” exhorts listeners to “get the cool shoe shine,” yet Ice Breakers thought the poppy tune was perfect for its gum ad.