Who Should Arcade Fire Cover In Brooklyn?
Arcade Fire are in the final stretch of their continent-spanning Reflektor tour, and as you may have heard, they’ve adopted the habit of paying tribute to each city they visit by covering a song/artist from (or associated with) that city. This started on the second night of the tour, in Minneapolis, where they covered Prince’s “Controversy.” Since then, they’ve covered everyone from sea to shining sea: from Fugazi (Washington D.C.) to Boyz II Men (Philadelphia) to Kansas (Kansas City). They don’t always go for the obvious choices, though! They did a pair of nights in L.A., and instead of covering, like, the Doors and the Eagles, they did Jane’s Addiction and “Axel F” … by the German composer Harold Faltermeyer … but which served as the theme from Beverly Hills Cop. Clever! Anyway, tomorrow night, the Reflektors are kicking off a three-night stand at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center — their first shows in the borough since last fall’s much-discussed secret shows — and as it happens, Brooklyn has been home to many prominent musicians over the years, from George Gershwin (Brownsville!) to Ol’ Dirty Bastard (Fort Greene!) to They Might Be Giants (Windsor Terrace!). With such a robust selection of Brooklyn-relevant artists to choose from — and considering most of the Stereogum staff lives in Brooklyn and we know this hood pretty well if we do say so ourselves — we decided to give Arcade Fire a hand in selecting some artists to cover at Barclays. We’ve narrowed down a long list to a compact 10 possibilities. And now, we want you guys to make the final call. Which means: poll! So get on it. Vote below for the artist you think Arcade Fire should cover in Brooklyn, and before showtime Friday night we’ll pass along the results to the band (no, they won’t be expecting it) and will make it official in Shut Up, Dude. You can also suggest additional artists in the comments. If the band ultimately decides to play something by the Ramones (Queens!), well … at least we know we did everything we could.