Ar­cade Fire have ABBA-sound­ing songs stored away

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Ar­cade Fire have writ­ten ABBA-sound­ing songs - but they are yet to re­lease them. The Amer­i­can rock­ers aren't afraid to ad­mit they are fans of the Swedish pop su­per­stars - who won 'Euro­vi­sion' in 1974 - and have re­vealed they recorded some Europop disco an­thems while mak­ing their 2004 LP 'Fu­neral'. The 'Ready to Start' group's ex­tremely tal­ented multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist, Richard Reed Parry, says he wishes he wrote ABBA's big­gest hit 'Danc­ing Queen'. Speak­ing about record­ing 'Fu­neral', Richard re­called: "The thing is, we've al­ways tried to write songs that sound like ABBA but none ever made it out alive and onto our records. "When we were work­ing on 'Fu­neral', we kicked around song ideas that sounded a lot like ABBA. "It's not like we chose a new in­flu­ence. We've al­ways loved ABBA and 'Danc­ing Queen' is the great­est jam of all time. We've al­ways wanted to write a song like that." The band are also mas­sively in­flu­enced by late mu­sic le­gends Davie Bowie and Prince, and wrote the track 'Elec­tric Blue' from the lat­est record 'Ev­ery­thing Now' about their idols' deaths. 'Star­man' hit­maker Bowie was also a fan of Ar­cade Fire and sup­plied back­ing vo­cals for their 2013 sin­gle 'Re­flek­tor'. Bowie and Prince also dab­bled in the disco sound and the track is rem­i­nis­cent of that, though Will But­ler of the group says they wouldn't have felt con­fi­dent enough to per­form 'Elec­tric Blue' a decade ago. He told The Sun news­pa­per: "That song ['Elec­tric Blue'] had a lot to do with David Bowie and Prince dy­ing, look­ing at their lega­cies and the mu­sic they loved and cre­ated. The losses of both were im­por­tant events in our lives. "We've al­ways loved that mu­sic but have never been tech­ni­cally com­pe­tent to play it. "We couldn't play a song like 'Elec­tric Blue' 10 years ago but we've be­come bet­ter mu­si­cians."

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