Lycos Cinema Presents Exclusive Chat With Hot NYC Band, The Bad Eliots, Featuring Music Video for Snapple Signature Song, 'Cat's Meow'

Jan 13, 2009, 07:55 ET from Lycos, Inc.

Chat with Lead Singer Roto for Chance to win an iPod Touch in Lycos Cinema's First Watch, Chat & Win Sweepstakes

WALTHAM, Mass., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ --- Lycos Inc. (, a leading provider of social publishing, media and search services, today announced an exclusive Lycos Cinema chat with James Rotondi, a.k.a. Roto, lead singer of The Bad Eliots, featuring the band's hot new music video "Cat's Meow." The catchy, utterly ubiquitous track "Cat's Meow (Give it to me Now)" is best known as Snapple's AntiOxidant Water signature song, which made its debut in a national TV spot, transforming The Bad Eliots from a relatively unknown Gotham quartet to a buzzing national indie rock band.

The exclusive chat also features Lycos Cinema's first Watch, Chat & Win Sweepstakes, giving 10 chat participants a chance to win an iPod Touch and other prizes. Beginning today, users can RSVP to the live chat with Roto, on Thursday, Jan. 15 beginning at 9pm ET/6pm PT and enter the iPod Touch Sweepstakes immediately following the chat.

When the Snapple commercial featuring the song "Cat's Meow" first aired in early 2008, the song was downloaded by thousands of fans, propelling The Bad Eliots into the national spotlight. The official video for the full-length "Cat's Meow" song was created by the band in a show of appreciation to many fans who wanted to know more about the band. The video, shot live by director Tim Wilson (Go Robot) on a New York City subway train, features band members as pixilated internet people.

"Normally, a band is born, and then gets plucked to do something like this. In our case, creating the Snapple song helped give birth to the band," lead singer Roto said. "When Snapple approached us, our attitude was very much, 'hey, let's throw it against the wall and see what sticks,' which I actually think gave our song a certain levity and irreverence it might not have had otherwise," Roto added.

Roto's voice has appeared in spots for Quaker Oats, Olympus, and SpaghettiO's, and his guitar playing can be heard on the last two seasons of the ABC hit drama "Dirty Sexy Money."

"Lycos Cinema is the only platform to offer social interaction around video content, giving fans the unique opportunity of direct personal engagement with music artists, directors and other talent," said Chuck Ball, Chief Marketing and Product Innovation Officer for Lycos, Inc. "Our patent-pending Lycos Cinema technology has allowed us to perfect the online viewing party experience, so now fans of The Bad Eliots can watch a synchronized screening of the band's video and chat live with the talent and other fans while watching."

Lycos Cinema ( is the web's first interactive, social video viewing experience, and the only community to offer a SimulStream social viewing platform for both free and VOD rentals, giving film and TV fans a community to socialize in real-time while watching the same program synchronously with anyone, anywhere at anytime.

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About The Bad Eliots

A group of four multi-talented musicians based in New York City, The Bad Eliots include: singer and multi-instrumentalist Roto (a.k.a. James Rotondi), a New York-based artist whose resume includes stints with the French band Air, Mike Patton's Mr. Bungle and jazz-hop legends The Grassy Knoll; Drummer Ant Cee (a.k.a. Anthony Citrinite) was a founding member of The Smash-Up, who ignited crowds from 2004 to 2007 on major bills like Megadeth's Gigantour, the Deftones' Taste of Chaos tour, and the Warped Tour, from which Ant's drum sticks were plucked and are currently on display in Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; Bassist Jony Matias is a producer and multi-instrumentalist who runs a successful studio in New Jersey and is also a key member of The Crash Moderns, acting as singer/guitarist and producer/engineer for the NYC breakout Power Pop band; And guitarist Paul Riario is the maestro behind The Monster, one of the New York metropolitan area's most successful and enduring live cover bands.

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