Arcade Fire

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The Arcade Fire are an indie rock band from Montreal, Canada. They were founded by Win Butler and his wife Régine Chassagne. Other members include Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury, William Butler, Jeremy Gara and Sarah Neufeld. They are known for their unique sound that incorporates a range of instruments.more

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  • Trivia

    • Their song "Rebellion (Lies)" is featured as backround music for the episode "Times Flies" of show Six Feet Under.

    • The Beatles were the band's number one influence.

    • Each member of the band were fans of Bruce Springsteen when growing up.

    • Their album Funeral ranked eight in Bob Mersereau's book The Top 100 Canadian Albums.

    • Their album Neon Bible was on the shortlist for the 2007 Polaris Music Prize. It was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album in the same year.

    • The band were named the most exciting band on the planet by Q Magazine in 2006.

    • Their album Funeral was #8 on the list of The Top 100 Canadian Albums of the past 50 years.

    • In October 2007, the band made a surprise appearance at a Bruce Springsteen concert in Ottawa, playing "State Trooper" and "Keep The Car Running."

    • Hadjii Bakara from the band Wolf Parade worked on Neon Bible

    • Their track "Rebellion (Lies)" featured in Blender magazine's list of "500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born".

    • Their song "Cold Wind" is included on the second soundtrack of the show Six Feet Under.

    • Their first Funeral came first in MTV2's "Greatest Albums of the year" in 2005 while it came second in NME's list of 2005's best albums.

    • Once sang a cover of Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" onstage with U2.

    • The singles from Neon Bible are "Black Mirror", "Keep The Car Running", "Intervention" and "No Cars Go".

    • Singles released from debut album Funeral are "Neighbourhood #1 (Tunnels)", "Neighbourhood #3 (Power Out)", "Rebellion (Lies)" and "Wake Up".

    • Former members of the band include Howard Bilerman, Jos Deu, Brendan Reed, Myles Broscoe, Tim Kyle and Dane Mills.

    • Arcade Fire appeared on the cover of Canadian Time magazine in April 2005.

    • The band played several concerts with David Bowie.

    • In concert, Arcade Fire cover artists such as The Yeah Yeah Yeas.

    • Arcade Fire and Bjork share the same manager.

    • The band quietly released a Christmas EP in late 2002.

    • To promote Neon Bible, Arcade Fire performed five sold-out performances at Judson Memorial Church in New York City.

    • Zach Braff is a fan of Arcade Fire.

    • Lead singer Win Butler smashed his guitar during the performance of "Intervention" on Saturday Night Live, on February 24, 2007.

    • Coldplay's Chris Martin called Arcade Fire "the greatest band in history".

    • The song "No Cars Go" from "Neon Bible" is a new recording of an earlier version. The original version is on the Arcade Fire self-titled EP released in 2003.

    • The album "Funeral" was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2005 for Best Alternative Music Album.

    • On February 24, 2007, Arcade Fire performed on Saturday Night Live with host, Rainn Wilson. They performed "Intervention", and "Keep The Car Running".

    • "Funeral" tracklisting:

      "1. Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)"
      2. "Neighborhood #2 (Laïka)"
      3. "Une année sans lumière"
      4. "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)"
      5. "Neighborhood #4 (7 Kettles)"
      6. "Crown of Love"
      7. "Wake Up"
      8. "Haiti"
      9. "Rebellion (Lies)"
      10. "In the Backseat"

    • On December 26, 2006, Arcade Fire accidentally uploaded the wrong song to iTunes.

    • The first single, "Intervention", was released on iTunes December 28, 2006. It could have also be heard by calling (866) NEON-BIBLE, extension number 7777.

    • "Neon Bible" tracklisting:

      1. "Black Mirror"
      2. "Keep the Car Running"
      3. "Neon Bible"
      4. "Intervention"
      5. "Black Wave"
      6. "Ocean of Noise"
      7. "The Well and the Lighthouse"
      8. "(Antichrist Television Blues)"
      9. "Windowsill"
      10."No Cars Go"
      11. "My Body Is a Cage"

  • Quotes

    • Win Butler: I don't think that the emotional quality is the defining quality of the music, but its something that people pick up on a lot.

    • Richard Reed Parry: Somewhere along the line we became the band that was supposed to save rock 'n' roll.

    • Win Butler: (about the band's name) It's based on a story that someone told me. It's not an actual event, but one that I took to be real. I would say that it's probably something that the kid made up, but at the time I believed him.

    • Win Butler (about Funeral): On some level, it does suck for us to love a record, praise it, and then have it be instantly perceived as overexposed by some people. But to me, it's an incredible record that would have been going places regardless of what we said or did.

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