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Listen: Arcade Fire cover Blondie’s “Heart of Glass”

on April 10, 2014, 2:30pm

Photo by Debi Del Grande

Arcade Fire’s show in Houston last night seemed like more than just a routine stop along their Reflektor tour. That’s because for frontman Win Butler, who grew up in The Woodlands area of the city, the show marked a special homecoming of sorts.

“This song is about leaving this town and then coming back and then leaving again,” he said before launching into “The Suburbs”, according to Houston’s CultureMap.

More personal touches popped up throughout the band’s performance, including a slight jab at the state’s troubled political history, wherein they displayed images of both Rick Perry and George W. Bush as Perry Como’s “Deep in the Heart of Texas” played in the background.

(Read: Lemme Get an Encore: Arcade Fire)

Much to many fans’ delight, Butler & Co. closed their main set with a rousing cover of Blondie’s “Heart of Glass”. It was an apt choice of song somewhat years in the making, given the “Sprawl II” x “Heart of Glass” mash-up “Sprawl of Glass” from 2011 and the resounding new wave influence found on their Grammy-winning album The Suburbs as a whole. Luckily, someone was in the audience to capture the moment. Take a listen below (via ArcadeFireTube):

(Editor’s Note: Perhaps Arcade Fire and Blondie will be able to do it in person at Glastonbury?)

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