John Legend and The Roots are collaborating on things! They covered an Arcade Fire song! IN THE FIRST MINUTE I REALIZED I HAVEN'T HAD ENOUGH COFFEE TODAY OH MY GOD!!
I may sit on the border between "They're Impressive" and "I Think They Want Me To Like Them More Since They're Down With HTML5", I very much understand that "Wake Up" is more meaningful than our national anthem to most Arcade Fire fans. But why cover it?! Just like the stadium-loud delivery of Arcade Fire, the chorus of the cover is the strongest part of the song. Who wouldn't remember the song of "oooh whoa! whoa whoa whoa whoa whooooooooa whoa!"? It's like peanut butter stuck in my ear canals. But in the verses of the JL&TR cover, John Legend is practically a capella. Like me, The Roots aren't really into that part of the song, so they silently protest until they can rock out again during the chorus and the middle bridge/breakdown thing.
But seriously, what can't The Roots and/or John Legend cover? They're invincible comic-book heroes to most people. They could do Beethoven. They could do Gaga. They have already done Fallen. They could do BIEBER. If Katy Perry had sang this song as a duet with John Legend and The Roots backing her in the same outfit that she wore on Sesame Street, it would have aired.
And what band can't cover the Arcade Fire? Most, actually. Some fans that I know consider the music of The Arcade Fire a religious experience. Very few stars could deliver a sermon written by our AF brethren without a global outcry, but I'll admit that the audacity of The Roots and John Legend is inspiring. Would I enjoy a nice Kelly Clarkson cover of a Greatful Dead song? Yes. Or a nice La Roux rendition of an Eagles song? Yes.
And if you think that I'm suggesting Ke$ha as the universal connector on the level of John Legend or The Roots, I leave that as an exercise to the reader.
Disclaimer: An Arcade Fire fan asked me to write this post after I watched the Roots/Legend video and made that face that people make while drinking orange juice after brushing their teeth.