Watch Arcade Fire Cover R.E.M.'s "Radio Free Europe"

During most of the stops on the Reflektor tour, Arcade Fire take some time out of their encore to cover a song from an artist that’s native to whatever state they’re playing. In Ohio, they covered Devo; in Philadelphia, they took on Boyz II Men’s “Motown Philly”; in St. Louis it was Chuck Berry and in Kansas City they played Kansas. The latest artist to be graced with a cover was R.E.M. when the band performed “Radio Free Europe” last night at their Atlanta show. According to a local report, they also paid homage to Outkast with a slowed-down recording of “Hey Ya” during the fake-out encore. You can watch a fan video of Arcade Fire’s take on R.E.M. below.


(via Consequence Of Sound)

[Photo by Jason Squires/WireImage.]

Comments (4)
  1. Sounds a little sluggish to me, but then, I think R.E.M., especially early R.E.M., is tough to cover. A lot of those words only work when Michael Stipe is singing them.

  2. Disappointing to be honest, but nobody will ever be as good at jangley guitar pop than early REM so fair enough.

  3. A great indie rock song covered by a great indie rock band! Will definitely include this on my indie rock playlist!

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