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Arcade Fire Covers R.E.M. [Video]

Arcade Fire‘s ‘Reflektor’ tour, which should just be renamed the Cover Song Tour by now, played Atlanta last night. Which means the band had to pull out a tune by some group from the area.

If you guessed Mastodon, you’re wrong. In fact, if you guessed any band from Atlanta, you’re wrong. Just like they did in Missouri last week — where they pulled out the Kansas-based band Kansas‘ ‘Dust in the Wind’ — Arcade Fire covered a group from Athens, which is almost 90 minutes away. At least they got the state right this time.

And while there are plenty of great bands from the Georgia college town to choose from — the B-52′s, Drive-By Truckers — the Canadian collective covered the city’s most famous group: R.E.M.

You can watch them do the band’s 1983 breakthrough song ‘Radio Free Europe’ above. And since nobody really knows what the hell Michael Stipe is singing in the song, we have no idea if Arcade Fire were even close with the words. It sounds good enough, though. Watch it above.

In other Arcade Fire news — as if there hasn’t been enough of it lately — the band just unveiled a 20-second preview of their upcoming video for the song ‘We Exist,’ which you can watch below. And yes, that’s Spider-Man himself Andrew Garfield in drag. Enjoy.

Next: Everything You Need to Know About Arcade Fire

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