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, 2009 - 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.

About Lycos, Inc.

Lycos is one of the original and most widely known Internet brands in the world, evolving from one of the first search engines on the web, into a comprehensive network of social media web sites that foster online communities.

Lycos has been a pioneer in intelligent spidering search technology, combining its proprietary technology with other best in class search services to provide a powerful and relevant search experience for its users.

Times change, and Lycos has changed with them, evolving into digital media power house with two major divisions

Lycos, is a network of easy to use community and social sites. Lycos's award-winning products and services include tools for blogging, web publishing and hosting, online games, e-mail, and search. The Lycos Network of sites and services include, Tripod, Angelfire, HotBot, Gamesville, WhoWhere, and Lycos Mail. Integrated, these sites help in bringing people together to interact, conduct commerce, have fun, and experience the best the Internet has to offer, is in our DNA. We offer 40 Local Sites in 120 Languages with a community spanning across 177 Countries. Lycos consistently averages 12 - 15 million monthly unique visitors in the U.S.

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Date: 2009-01-13