Fans of the movie “500 Days of Summer” will never forget the sequence in which Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character, after a particularly wonderful night, dances through the streets to the tune of Hall & Oates’ “You Make My Dreams Come True.” In case you haven’t seen it, or if you just need an excuse to watch it again, here’s the clip:
If you happen to also be a fan of Train — or have kids who watch a lot of music videos on YouTube — you might have noticed that the band’s video for its current hit, “Play that Song,” has an eerily similar, infectious vibe. That’s on purpose, said Train lead singer Patrick Monahan by phone this week.
“Before ‘La La Land’ was out, there was ‘500 Days of Summer,'” Monahan said, adding that the idea to embrace a “500 Days” vibe came from the video’s director, Travis Kopach. “He was like, ‘Man, I got this idea, check it out.”
The result was this catchy video to this catchy song, which has been played more than 16 million times on YouTube:
Monahan, who will be in town next month when Train plays the Austin360 Amphitheater with opening acts O.A.R. and Natasha Bedingfield May 20, said it’s also been fun to watch “Play that Song” introduce “Heart and Soul” to a new generation. (“Play that Song” incorporates the melody of “Heart and Soul” and includes writers Hoagy Carmichael and Frank Loesser in its credits.)
“We’re playing the Radio Disney Music Awards on Saturday — it was the most-requested song on their station,” Monahan said. “It’s really cute how that came about. I think it’s fun to bring back old music for people who don’t know what it is.”
Monahan said he’s looking forward to visiting Austin, “the coolest and best place in Texas,” again.
“What I used to do is we would park the tour bus and I would do an Austin run through town, mostly on trails,” he said. “Some of the best trail running I’ve ever done is in Austin. I remember thinking I was so fast and so in shape and this woman from Austin smoked me. It was really fun to see really cool, great athletes do their thing in Austin.”
Monahan, who said he was on his way into the studio to record a Christmas album on Thursday afternoon, said he can promise an upbeat, family friendly show when Train comes to town in May.
“As a band that’s been around for 22 years, this is the best live performance you’ll ever see us having done,” he said. “The camaraderie between us and the other acts is very honest and genuine. We’re going to have a lot fun. We’re for families — grandparents and moms and dads and kids of all ages. You’ll all know something that you’ll hear that night.”