watch it burn.

When I say the word arcade what do you think of?  A bunch of kids playing Street Fighter or Frogger in a grungy room, go on…admit it.  Well then, you might be surprised to hear that an arcade also refers to a covered path or passageway.  This past summer I came across quite a few of these in both Scotland and England.

Though simple there is something very interesting about them.  A mix of history and architecture perhaps.  In any case, I came to the conclusion that the use of arcade in the band Arcade Fire‘s name was surely not speaking of a local gaming facility.  If you have been waiting to get into this band, I will now provide you with the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.

An arcade I came across in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.

Arcade Fire is one of those bands I think is better to find out about on your own.  However, in the interest of time I will help you by suggesting a listen to their first LP entitled Funeral.  What should strike you when listening to them is the quantity of instrumentation.  If you watch them live you can actually see how many people they employ to carry this sound.  Here is a great video that exemplifies my point.

The main core of Arcade Fire.

The best part about listening to Funeral first is it’s their best album, yet their latest album, The Suburbs, won the Grammy for album of the year.  So it only gets better with time? Speaking of that Grammy, if you hadn’t heard of Arcade Fire up to this point you aren’t the only one.  Rosie O’Donnel and Dog the Bounty Hunter also do not, along with other mainstay celebrity fails.  After the Grammy Awards the shock vocalized by many “celebrities” was that Katy Perry or Justin Beiber hadn’t won the accolade of best album.  As I’m sure Rosie O’Donnel is reading this I will hold my tongue, because I can’t chance losing a valued reader.  Let’s just say the most talented musicians won.

Win Butler is the lead singer and lyricist of Arcade Fire.

From their most well know song, Rebellion (Lies), to their more obscure works (Vampire/Forest Fire), Arcade Fire provide a very compelling argument as to why they are the best band of their generation.

Some other songs of note are as follows:

Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)

Intervention

Keep the Car Running

Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

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