Forgive us for asking, but do you even know the name of the Swiss electronica band who sang that "Oh Yeah" the song from Ferris Bueller's Day Off that they swear is in Karl Rove's janky, and much-talked-about Obama attack ad? Well, the band is called Yello and they're mostly famous for that "Oh yeah" in Ferris Bueller, and now they're in the news again because there's a similar "Oh yeah" in anti-Obama ad (below).
"Yello were not asked, and would not have given permission for such a political campaign," band spokesman Peter Vizthum told BuzzFeed's McKay Coppins. "We'll have the legal options checked here." If this controversy sounds familiar, it's because earlier in the campaign season there was a trend of bands distancing their songs and themselves from who they deem as unsavory candidates. "Eye of the Tiger" band Survivor didn't want anything to do with Newt Gingrich. Tom Petty did not think Michele Bachmann was an "American Girl." And Charlie Crist had to embarrassingly apologize to Talking Heads frontman David Byrne for using "Road to Nowhere."
So, you hear that? Yello wants you to know they don't support Rove or American Crossroads but that their song was totally in it. That, and it's not like American Crossroads, Rove's Super PAC, wants anything to do with Yello either. "The audio was taken from a sound effect website, then processed and lowered by 4 half-steps for pitch to produce the desired sound for the video," a spokesperson told Coppins. Oh, yeah.
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