25 Interesting Facts About Arcade Fire

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Chassagne and Butler have written a song with T-Bone Burnett for the album The Hunger Games, the track is titled "Horn of Plenty." The album is feature all newly written songs based on themes in The Hunger Games.
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"Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" was granted two music videos. One traditional video with lead singer Regine Chassagne dancing around town in a vintage dress. The other a far more modern version, an interactive version where you wave your arms in front of your computer to control the characters movements.
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The band has been long time partners with Kanpe and Partners in Health, creating spaces at their concerts to educate fans about the work that these organizations do.
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Arcade Fire teamed with Google to create the first HTML5 -powered music video for its single "We Use to Wait." The interactive video incorporates visual data of your hometown using Google Maps, Street View and 3D Graphics.
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In promotion of their second album awaiting release the Arcade Fire played five sold-out shows at the Judson Memorial Church. The album Neon Bible has songs looming apocalypse, fear and faith.
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The self-styled "King of the Guitar" swing-era bandleader Alvino Rey, is the grandfather to Win and Will Butler members of Arcade Fire.
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Arcade Fire re-recorded a special film version of "Wake Up" for the movie trailer "Where The Wild Things Are."
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Within 48 hours of winning the Grammy for Album of the Year, Arcade Fire took home two Brit awards. They received honors for Best International Group and Best International Album.
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When Arcade Fire appeared on the Conan O'Brien show they were almost short a member. Will Butler, younger brother of founder Win Butler, had to ask professors at Northwestern for permission to miss class!
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Pitchfork Media released their Top 200 Albums of the 2000s, Funeral was awarded the number 2 spot. These tough critics found the album to be a turning point in indie rock, "Funeral keeps on feeling like the last of its kind."
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Funeral debuted at number eight on the Top 100 Canadian Albums of the last 50 years.
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David Bowie made a guest appearance on "Wake Up" with Arcade Fire at the Fashion Rocks event in New York. The band made the track available for one week only and exclusively on iTunes with all proceeds benefiting Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
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Arcade Fire teamed with the NFL in 2010 by licensing their single "Wake Up." All proceeds were donated to Haiti relief (Regine Chassagne's homeland).
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Arcade Fire has started a trend of "ripping" things during their SNL performances. During their debut performance lead guitarist Win Butler ripped the strings of his guitar off and repeatedly beat his guitar on the ground until it was in pieces. Their most recent performance incorporated Win getting very close to the camera to "rip your shirt wide open."
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Arcade Fire's debut album Funeral became the fastest -seller in the fifteen year history of Merge Records. Many believe this was due to Pitchfork's 9.7 review of the album. Shortly after it cracked the Billboard Top 200, another first for Merge Records.
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The Suburbs was released with eight different cover designs!
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Band founder Win Butler is a vocal supporter of Barack Obama. The group performed two free concerts in 2008 during his presidential campaign. On January 1, 2009 Arcade Fire and Jay-Z were the musical guests at the Obama Campaign Staff Ball per request of Obama!
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The band has since partnered with PIH by donating $1.00 of every ticket sold on its 2008 European and North American Tours. PIH also received $300,000 on Arcade Fire's behalf from their contribution on the Red Hot Organization's album single "Lenin."
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Proceeds from "Intervention" the first track released from Neon Bible went to Partners in Health. PIH is a Boston based non-profit health care organization dedicated to a "preferential option for the poor."
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During the downtime between recording Funeral and Neon Bible the band bought an outdated church outside of Montreal. The group spent the early part of 2006 converting it into a studio.
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"Wake Up" was played immediately before U2 took the stage each night of their Vertigo Tour in 2005-06. The song also signifies the end of sportscaster Dan Patrick's, the Dan Patrick Show every Friday.
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The band members play 16 different instruments! Most of their instruments are taken on tour, and the members switch duties throughout the show.
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The band was formed by married duo Win Butler and Regine Chassagne. The two met at McGill University in 2000 and married in 2003.
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Not even 24 hours after the Arcade Fire won the Grammy for Album of the Year, a Tumblr titled "Who is Arcade Fire" was created. Twitter and Facebook were seeing very large hits as well. Front man Win Butler was even shocked, "What the Hell?" started his acceptance speech.
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Arcade Fire's biggest honor is no doubted their Grammy for Album of the Year, "The Suburbs." They have a long list of other awards including five other Grammy nods.
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