In an age when it's kosher for of-the-moment indie bands to pepper Volkswagen and Apple commercials with their latest, hippest offerings, there's something refreshingly retro

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Emerald Downs' radio campaign

In an age when it's kosher for of-the-moment indie bands to pepper Volkswagen and Apple commercials with their latest, hippest offerings, there's something refreshingly retro about Emerald Downs' radio campaign, which centers on a countrified version of one-hit wonder Matthew Wilder's 1983 single "(Ain't Nothin' Gonna) Break My Stride." The lyrics are certainly germane to horse-racing, but the ability to twang out such an über-'80s synth-pop track is a feat of boundless sonic ambition. If Wilder's available for a one-off gig—and we can pretty much assure you he is—he should tell the EQC to stuff it and play the Auburn oval instead.—Mike Seely

 
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