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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Michael Franti Featured in "Rescue Me" Promo

Posted By on Thu, Apr 9, 2009 at 7:00 AM

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It's hard not to be a Denis Leary fan. The acerbic redheaded Irish-American comic is one of the best things about broadcast TV, and the return of his FX series "Rescue Me" for its fifth season--he plays a nervous, gregarious NYPD firefighter fighting both alcohol and sex addictions, not to mention a tendency to wisecrack at inopportune moments--is welcome news, amidst all the soppy sitcoms and tired-ass reality shows. The show's hipness cachet has been reinforced by their use of indie/underground bands on soundtracks (info about these bands is available on the show's official Website).

What's even cooler, though, is that the current season five promo, which features a supersized Leary and the cast walking around NYC--uses Michael Franti & Spearhead's "Yell Fire" as theme music. It's an awesome ad which offers a new interpretation of the lyric throw your hands up, take it to another level/ and you can never ever ever make a deal with the devil, as well as making the chorus (Yell Fire, yo, yo, yo, yo, yo) seem even more anthemic than it already was. Peep the clip here.

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