Arcade Fire Dances Away Evil on 'SNL'
Arcade Fire has a track record for taking a political stand, campaigning for President Obama in 2008 and continually donating to the worldwide health care foundation Partners in Health. But this past weekend on "Saturday Night Live," the Montreal indie rockers suggested that dancing would help the save the world from political evil.
Appearing in one of Andy Samberg's Digital Shorts, titled "What Was That?" the band stormed the United Nations to lead a dance party alongside a high school Model U.N. group. With frontman Win Butler leading the synth-pop track that fueled the takeover, he uttered gems like, "now rip your shirt wide open and dance" and "in this land of nefarious jerkoffs."
Video: "SNL" Digital Short with Arcade Fire
It's a catchy number; totally ridiculous, but catchy. Do I smell a B-side?
Not surprisingly, Butler, who towers at nearly six and a half feet, jumps on a desk during the sketch. The man cannot stand still, so it was no surprise when he wandered from the "SNL" stage during Arcade Fire's actual performance of two songs off "The Suburbs."
During "We Used to Wait," he walks right up to the camera, then awkwardly climbs into the audience. The normally fixed cameras scramble to capture the moment.
Video: Arcade Fire Performs "We Used to Wait" on "SNL"
On "Sprawl II," singer Régine Chassagne charms with her spinning dance moves, shimmering attire and ribbon dancers. But some viewers seemed distracted by the random appearance from Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner, who played keyboard with the band that night.
Video: Arcade Fire Performs "Sprawl II" on "SNL"
The performance was the band's second on "Saturday Night Live," with the first back in 2007. Their latest album, "The Suburbs," debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart back in August.