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University of Phoenix 2013 Commercial – What’s the Song?


With more than a hundred campuses around the world, the University of Phoenix’s new commercial hawks the school’s ability to help connect its students with “leading employers across the nation.” The clip shows the variety of degree options offered at the higher learning institute, suggesting that whether you aim to be a doctor or a financial analyst, U-P is the place for you. The tune featured in the ad is Dan Deacon’s ‘True Thrush.’

The song comes from the Baltimore-based artist’s latest release, ‘America,’ which came out in August on Domino Records. In an interview with Pitchfork, Deacon explained that the song is about his own struggle to find a sense of self.

“The lyrics are about confusion and loss of self – not knowing if you’re making the right decisions,” he said. “The chorus is about homogenization of culture. Even though I’m making music that I think is different and unique, I kept wondering: Is it contributing to this post-Myspace, uniform lifestyle where even being ‘weird’ can be put into a box?”

The album peaked at No. 147 on the Billboard 200 chart and received mixed reviews from critics. Click here to check out’s opinion of the record.

You might have caught Deacon at such music festivals as SXSW, Coachella, Pitchfork Music Festival, Lollapalooza and Virgin Fest in years past. He’s currently on the road with Animal Collective, who are promoting their latest album, ‘Centipede Hz,’ with an international tour.

Hear Dan Deacon’s ‘True Thrush’ in the University of Phoenix 2013 Commercial

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