The track featured in the new Volkswagen Passat GTE and Estate adverts is called ‘July’ and it’s performed by the English alternative rock band, Ocean Colour Scene.
Taken from their 1999 album ‘One from the Modern’ the song was released as a single in June, 2000 and reached number 31 in the UK charts. Though the VW ad only uses instrumental sections of the song, I assure you the full length version of July does contain vocals. Ocean Colour Scene formed in Birmingham back in 1989 and are currently a four-piece band consisting of members Simon Fowler, Andy Bennett, Steve Cradock and Oscar Harrison.
Forever linked with the Britpop music and cultural scene of the mid-90’s, OCS’s most popular tracks include ‘The Day We Caught the Train’, ‘The Circle’, ‘Hundred Mile High City’ and of course, the classic TFI Friday guest intro music ‘The Riverboat Song’.
This new commercial from VW showcases the German manufacturers Passat GTE plug-in hybrid car, which is also available to buy as an estate. The explosive and colour filled video was uploaded to Volkswagen’s official YouTube page on the 9th of September, 2015.