Defend Music 2011 In Review!

It’s been a long and happy year for us at Defend. We just wanted to run down a few of the highlights of 2011 for your reading/viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

First off we were extremely happy to sign the very talented writing stable of Extraordinaire Music. Extraordinaire features the talents of songwriter/producer Thomas Brenneck, Jared Tankel, David Guy, Homer Steinweiss among others. These writers are responsible for Charles Bradley, Menahan Street Band, and have also worked with Aloe Blacc, Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson! They make a great addition to the Defend family.

We were also happy to welcome multi-instrumentalist/producer/songwriter Ryan Spraker to Defend. Spraker is a frequent collaborator of Eli “Paperboy” Reed, co-writing such hits as “Explosion” and “Come and Get It”. Ryan also works on his own material with The True Loves, and we can only see more success with him into 2012.

Aside from that, here’s a nice list of all the things Defend did in 2011:

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1800 Tequila featuring The Budos Band’s “T.I.B.W.F.”
The Playboy Club featuring Eli “Paperboy” Reed’s “Explosion”
ABC Fall 2011 Promos featuring Eli “Paperboy” Reed’s “Explosion” and “Come And Get It”
General Motors of Mexico featuring The Sugarman 3’s “Stand Up”
Dish Network featuring Eli “Paperboy” Reed’s “Explosion
Payless Shoe Source featuring The Budos Band’s “Budos Theme”
Vicks Nyquil featuring The True Loves’ “Earnin’ & Burnin'”

Television
Hung featuring The Sugarman 3’s “Stand Up”
How To Make It In America featuring ARE Weapons “How You Gonna Do Me Like That?”
Prime Suspect featuring Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings’ “Nobody’s Baby”
Suits featuring three songs from Charles Bradley and one from Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Memphis Beat featuring Charles Bradley’s “How Long” & Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings’ “Better Things”
Damages featuring The True Loves’ “Recess”
VH1’s DIVAS featuring Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings’ “He Said I Can”
Free Agents featuring Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings’ “How Long Do I Have To Wait For?”
Mob Wives featuring Charles Bradley’s “How Long” & “The World (Is Going Up In Flames)”
Ridiculousness featuring The Sugarman 3’s “Funky So-and-So”
When I Was 17 featuring Jay-Z’s “Roc Boys (…And The Winner Is)”
VH1’s Planet Rock featuring Jay-Z’s “Roc Boys (…And The Winner Is)”
90210 featuring Mark Ronson & The Business Intl.’s “Bang Bang Bang”
Fantasy Factory featuring The Sugarman 3’s “Skunk Walk”
My Life As Liz featuring Mark Ronson & The Business Intl.’s “Bang Bang Bang”

Film
Hyundai’s RE:Generation Project featuring members of The Dap-Kings
Chalet Girl featuring Eli “Paperboy” Reed’s “Explosion”
Madea’s Big Family Reunion featuring Eli “Paperboy” Reed’s “Explosion”
Henry’s Crime featuring various songs from Defend/Daptone¬†
Racing Towards Red Hook featuring Charles Bradley’s “Why Is It So Hard?”
The Briefcase featuring various songs from Defend/Daptone
The Throwaways featuring Charles Bradley’s “The World (Is Going Up In Flames)” & Menahan Street Band’s “Home Again!”
Page One – Inside The New York Times featuring Menahan Street Band’s “Make The Road By Walking”
The Hangover 2 featuring The Black Eyed Peas’ “Imma Be”

Video Games
Driver featuring The Sugarman 3’s “Funky So-and-So”
The Black Eyed Peas Experience featuring The Black Eyed Peas’ “Imma Be”

2011 was a great year for Defend, here’s to an even greater 2012!