81. ‘Rebellion (Lies)’ by Arcade Fire (2005)

Why so glum? Oh, yeah, all your families are dead.

Not long before this song broke out, I had actually arrived at the conspiracy-theorist suspicion (espoused here) that maybe we humans didn’t actually need to sleep in order to function, and so I spent a week trying to prove this hypothesis by… not sleeping (I am ever the scientist). Conclusion: we do need sleep. Anyway, Win Butler convinces as a man driven by defiant paranoia about the fundamental facts of human life, and Rebellion emanated a sonorous triumphalism that still seems fresh and vital now (even as the band’s shitck has grown ever-so-slightly grating).

Bonus points: I actually prefer ‘Power Out’, which was also released as a single. I just happen to think it works better as an album track. Rebellion has a life of it’s own.


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