Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Roots and John Legend "Wake Up" Arcade Fire

When The Roots got together with John Legend in the wake of Barack Obama's election as POTUS and decided to do an album of covers of socially conscious songs, one of the first they recorded was the Arcade Fire's "Wake Up." The spirit-filled rocker by the rousing Canadian ensemble didn't make the final cut on Wake Up!, which came out last week and wound up veering more towards R & B tunes from the 1960s and 1970s, including Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' "Wake Up Everybody." Last week when Legend and The Roots played Terminal 5 in New York, however, they pulled the Arcade Fire tune out of their hats. The Spike Lee directed clip is below. My review of Wake Up! is here. (Via Pitchfork.)

The Roots and John Legend "Wake Up" Arcade Fire

When The Roots got together with John Legend in the wake of Barack Obama's election as POTUS and decided to do an album of covers of socially conscious songs, one of the first they recorded was the Arcade Fire's "Wake Up." The spirit-filled rocker by the rousing Canadian ensemble didn't make the final cut on Wake Up!, which came out last week and wound up veering more towards R & B tunes from the 1960s and 1970s, including Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' "Wake Up Everybody." Last week when Legend and The Roots played Terminal 5 in New York, however, they pulled the Arcade Fire tune out of their hats. The Spike Lee directed clip is below. My review of Wake Up! is here. (Via Pitchfork.)

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