Download This Song

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"Download This Song"
Download This Song featuring Jaret Reddick.jpg
Single by MC Lars featuring Jaret Reddick
from the album The Graduate
B-side "Hot Topic Is Not Punk Rock"
Released March 21, 2006
Format Digital download, CD
Genre Nerdcore, political hip hop, conscious hip hop
Length 3:14
Label Nettwerk
Songwriter(s) MC Lars
Producer(s) MC Lars, Mike Sapone
MC Lars singles chronology
"Hot Topic Is Not Punk Rock"
"Download This Song"
Jaret Reddick singles chronology
"Download This Song"
(2006) Download This Song2006

"Download This Song" is the second single from MC Lars' fifth studio album, The Graduate, and features Jaret Reddick of Bowling for Soup. The song uses sampling from Iggy Pop's "The Passenger".

In early 2006, this song was featured on the pop culture CBC Radio show Definitely Not the Opera during an exposé on geeks. It charted at number 29 on the Australia ARIA charts.[1]

Fight versus RIAA[edit]

MC Lars, and the Nettwerk Music Group, became involved in a lawsuit that the RIAA filed against David Greubel, a man from Texas, United States, who allegedly had committed copyright infringement through peer-to-peer filesharing over 600 music files, including "Sk8r Boi" by Avril Lavigne, another Nettwerk client.[2] Greubel's 15-year-old daughter Elisa contacted MC Lars, citing the "Download This Song" lyric, "they sue little kids downloading hit songs", and saying that she could identify with the song due to her family's situation.[3] In response, Nettwerk, which denounced the suit, announced that it would pay all of the family's legal fees, as well as any fines should the family lose.[3] Furthermore, they arranged for representation for the family by Chicago lawyer Charles Lee Mudd, Jr., who had previously defended other people subpoenaed by the RIAA.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Download This Song"
  2. "Hot Topic Is Not Punk Rock" (featuring The Matches)
  3. "Rockstar"
  4. "Download This Song" (music video)

Music video[edit]

The music video was featured on TiVo in early 2007. Parts of the music video parody the common iTunes commercial with blacked out figures dancing on a color background. It also shows numerous people listening to music on iPods and Sony PSPs including a punk kid, skaters, and people at a gym.


Chart (2006) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[1] 29


  1. ^ a b " – MC Lars – Download This Song". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  2. ^ Kaufman, Gil (January 27, 2006). "Canadian Record Label Blasts RIAA Over File-Sharing Lawsuits". Archived from the original on October 1, 2007. Retrieved March 12, 2007.
  3. ^ a b Welte, Jim (January 27, 2006). "Label to fight RIAA litigation". Archived from the original on September 29, 2007.
  4. ^ Martin, Geoff (January 27, 2006). "Canadian record label taking on the RIAA over lawsuits". Archived from the original on February 8, 2006.

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