As you might have noticed, Arcade Fire have covered a region-specific song in every city they’ve visited on their current tour. They’ve covered Jane’s Addiction in Los Angeles, the Smiths in London, R.E.M. in Atlanta, and so forth. At last night’s show in Santa Barbara, California, they played Dead Kennedys‘ “California Über Alles”, which was written about current California governor Jerry Brown. (He was governor in 1979, when the song was written, and he’s also the governor today. It’s a long story.) Watch a video below, via Consequence of Sound.
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A lot of music has been made since “Axel F” the relentlessly cool electronic jam from Beverly Hills Cop was first played, and yet very little of that music has reached the level of total sweetness that it manages to hit in just seconds. But finally, there’s something better than just playing Harold Faltermeyer’s classic track on repeat again: you can now listen to a cover of “Axel F” from Arcade Fire. The band played part of the track in LA over the weekend, switching from “Axel F” into their own song “Normal Person.” The intro to “Welcome to the Jungle” also makes its way in there at the end of the video.0
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Last night, the Unicorns returned for their first reunion show in Los Angeles. (Later at that same show, Arcade Fire covered Jane’s Addiction and Guns N’ Roses.) Watch them do “Sea Ghost” from their great just-reissued 2003 album Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone?.
Arcade Fire continued their streak of covers last night at the Forum in Los Angeles. This time, when they did “Been Caught Stealing” by Jane’s Addiction, they actually reached down and grabbed a few cell phones from fans in the front row. Then they did a little bit of Guns N’ Roses‘ “Welcome to the Jungle” before transitioning into “Here Comes the Night Time”. Watch below via Stereogum.