Chappo Discuss the Success of 'Come Home,' Reveal 'Craigslist Success Story'
If you've seen an iPod Touch commercial on TV this fall, you've probably heard the tune 'Come Home,' a song off the 'Plastique Universe' EP by unsigned Brooklyn band Chappo. Recently, the guys stopped by Spinner's New York headquarters to perform an acoustic rendition of the track for the staff, talk all things Apple and explain how Craigslist brought them together.
"We were a Craigslist success story," Chappo's Chris Olson told Spinner. "I responded to Alex's Craigslist ad, which was five blocks away from where I was living."
The Internet not only brought the band -- fronted by Alex Chappo on vocals and guitar and Olson on vocals and keyboards -- together, in a way, but it was also how a representative from Apple found them -- 'Come Home' had been making its way around a few blogs -- and presented them with the pitch for the iPod Touch commercial. Of course, the guys of Chappo were cautious about whether that e-mail was for real: "We almost deleted it. We thought it was spam."
"I called my dad, and he was like, 'Well, it's probably nothing. They're trying to sell you something,'" Chappo said. Luckily, he ignored his father's words and decided to respond anyway. "Right when we e-mailed them, they called immediately and I was like, 'Chris, get out of the shower. The Apple guy is on the phone.'"
The track actually includes a line about an iPod, so the relationship between Chappo and Apple is fitting. Since then, fans have remarked that they've seen it air from places as far away as Japan.
The 'Plastique Universe' EP was described by the band as a "concept EP," and