Arcade Fire has cool friends in all the right places. The cordial Canadians have buddied up with some of the biggest names in the music and film industry, and throughout their careers, they have regularly collaborated in a never-ending name-drop. We decided to once and for all determine who Arcade Fire's ultimate BFF is by doing a little research and spilling our findings in the graph above. Below you can see a detailed list of each collab.
*They've obviously worked with plenty of other artists, but these are the six who we felt most worthy of our list.
6. David Byrne
- David Byrne lent his vocals on The Suburbs
bonus track "Speaking In Tongues".
5. James Murphy
- Acclaimed LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy flexed his producing muscles and provided a bongo pulse for a few tracks on the band's latest release Reflektor
, including the album's title track.
4. Ben Stiller
- Ben Stiller was one of many famous faces who made guest appearances in Arcade Fire's recent Reflektor
promo "Here Comes the Night Time", directed by Roman Coppola.
- Arcade Fire's iconic "Wake Up" makes an appearance in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
(out this Christmas), which was directed by and stars Ben Stiller.
3. Bruce Springsteen
- At SXSW in 2012, Win, Will and Regine hopped on stage with the Boss to perform a rendition of "This Land Is Your Land".
- Win and Regine made guest appearances during Bruce's 2007 concert in Ottawa to perform "State Trooper" and "Keep the Car Running".
Bruce Stringsteen and Arcade Fire - State trooper by trendwhore
Bruce Stringsteen and Arcade Fire - Keep the... by trendwhore
2. David Bowie
- Bowie's voice appeared on Reflektor
's title track (hear above).
- In 2005, Bowie joined Arcade Fire at Summerstage in New York City during the band's CMJ performance, and during Fashion Rocks (below).
1. Spike Jonze
- In 2004, a re-recording of Funeral
's "Wake Up" helped give Jonze's Where The Wild Things Are
one of the most moving and memorable film trailers of all time. The movie, however, unfortunately kinda sucked.
- In 2010, Jonze directed Scenes from the Suburbs
, a 28-minute short film that accompanied the group's Grammy-winning record, The Suburbs
- The short film was also edited into the music video for the album's title track.
- At the recent, inaugural YouTube Music Awards, Spike Jonze directed Arcade Fire's live "Afterlife" music video.
- Spike Jonze drafted Arcade Fire to score his upcoming film starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, and Scarlett Johansson, Her
(in theaters November 20th).
Photo: Steph Orentas