The buzz even persuaded producers of The O.C., which is known for its indie rock soundtracks, to ask Clap Your Hands to perform on the show. The band turned it down. Too much popularity, after all, can diminish one's credibility.
when i interviewed them in june they answered...
And finally...If Josh Schwartz, creator of the OC, asked your band to perform on his tv show (as Modest Mouse, the Killers and the Walkmen recently have) would you?
AO: no, thank you
LS: Right now, yes.
i guess alec made the call. either way, i'm glad they're not doing it. coming up on gothamist this week i interviewed ashlee simpson (seriously). i'll give you a sneak peak at how she answered that same question...
If Josh Schwartz, creator of the OC, asked you to perform on his tv show (as Modest Mouse, the Killers and the Walkmen recently have) would you?
yeah I like the oc and I think they play good music on that show
[i would like to take this opportunity to say that if i knew ashlee simpson was actually going to email the interview questions back, i would have come up with some more tailored questions to ask.]
and for the record here are the bands that would play on the oc according to answering that same question above (note that four mention money, two mention mischa and/or other "buff hotties"):
voxtrot: God yes. It’s been a running joke of mine for ages. Our guitarist Mitch and I (along with our neighbor, Niki Nash) have this ‘weird’ involvement with the OC. I know that kind of ‘ironic appreciation', for lack of a better term, is a bit boring and predictable, but OC Monday nights have become a bit of an event. If we said no to the Bait Shop, it would be heresy.
of montreal: Hell yes.
langhorne slim: oh for sure
doveman: We have at least one OC devotee among our ranks. That would be a resounding yes.
raising the fawn: Yes. It's a terrible show, but it would be a lot of fun.
colin meloy/the decemberists: FUCK YEAH
the honey brothers (ie: adrian grenier's band, yet clearly not answered by him): Umm…short answer, yes. Long answer: um, the rent is due on the first, so let me think about this for a few seconds. Hi Mom!
au revoir simone: [A] Of course. That sounds like fun.
[H] Only if erika could have a bit part as Marissa's evil nemesis.
man in gray: Bryan: I'd prefer the Peach Pit, but that would do.
Tina: Fine, but my dream was to play the freakin Bronze on Buffy.
Jeremiah: Yes, but I'd rather play on Arrested Development. Jason Bateman is so dreamy.
Jared: Oh hell yes. Anyone that says different has their priorities screwed up.
Jeremy: hell yes
world leader pretend: Absolutely.
the national: Totally.
the talk: Free trip to LA, a few more records sold...I would have to say yes. How about you?
lou barlow: i would do nearly anything for money at this point..we didn't have health insurance. i have no shame.
joy zipper: If the price is right.
the information: Only if Chris Carmack isn't allowed to mouth the words during our performance.
human television: Yeah I don't see why we wouldn't. Thats in California isn't it?
british sea power: Definitely, mate. We'd have Super Eamon serenading a naked hot-tub of buff hotties with first-rate dentition. Now that's what you call public-service broadcasting.
the fame: RENO: That's the show with Alyssa Milano and Rose McGowen, right? The Peach Pit. Yeah.
RYAN: Hell yes. Mischa Barton's hot.
and bands who just say no to money, mischa and overexposure:
ghostland observatory: NO. Sorry, we are not pretentious, we are just not interested.
jimmy chamberlin (of the smashing pumpkins): I doubt it.
robbers on high street: I am hopelessly addicted to the OC. I can safely say the boys in the band would not be into it, and I'm not sure if I would be either. They recently played a song of ours in the background during a whip cream licking Spring Break in Miami Beach scene. I haven't seen it yet cause we've been on tour. I'm afraid of having my reality breach the boundaries of fantasy. The OC is escapism for me. Teenage problems ultimately solved by rich white parents. If I saw myself in my unreality it would ruin it for me. And I just have to see how Kirsten is going to cope with her blossoming alcoholism.
overall count: 4 out of 23 bands would NOT play the bait shop.