03.31.2015 07:16 AM

The emperor wears no clothes, but the kids bow to him anyway

Driving in with Son Two, Arcade Fire’s ‘Ready to Start’ comes on.  I personally think Arcade Fire are insufferably pretentious/precious, and Win Butler makes Billy Corgan seem shy and retiring.  But this remains a great pop song, and that line in the middle corresponds to my view of quite a bit of politics, these days.

All the kids have always known
That the emperor wears no clothes
But they bow down to him anyway


  1. Kaplan says:

    I’m no Arcade Fire fanboy, having only succumbed last spring to picking up their work and giving it a serious listen.

    That said, this may be the one band who not only deserves the hype and heaping praise, but gets a pass, for now, on the pretentiousness. They’re that good, consistently.

    OK, maybe I am an Arcade Fire fanboy.

  2. John says:

    I really liked their first album when it came out, but they have gotten so full of themselves over the past couple years. I don’t dis-like them but I can certainly do without them.

  3. Jeff says:

    I have long stopped trying to glean some type of real wisdom from the lyrics of hipster bands! Lol.

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