UPDATE: For more on Pomplamoose, see our February, 23, 2011 cover story on the band
Marin County duo Pomplamoose
is famous for its offbeat video covers of big-time pop songs, which rake in revenue on YouTube. Now it appears as though Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn have found another way to bring home the bacon: car ads. They remade "Up On the Housetop" and "Jingle Bells" in their signature style for Hyundai's Christmas-y clips, which look just like their normal videos -- except that they're in
a big TV studio their own garage
(!) with shiny cars, and their songs are given second billing to a throaty announcer's voice (who may be Jeff Bridges; see below).
But who knows -- maybe playing around with a new Hyundai really does fill one with desire to throw around fake snow and grin a lot. You can see how the local duo does this in person on New Years Eve, when Pomplamoose plays a rare live show
opening for the Dresden Dolls at the Warfield. No word on whether there'll be a new Sonata onstage.
Now here are those ads:
And here's their take on "Jingle Bells":