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Arcade Fire at Verizon Center: Which D.C. song will the band cover?

My, what big heads the members of Arcade Fire have these days. (Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

If the members of Arcade Fire ever wanted to give up the whole rock star thing, they could make it as an anonymous cover band. At nearly every stop on its “Reflektor” world tour, the band has been performing an array of geographically appropriate cover songs (often from behind creepy, oversized puppet masks). In Minneapolis, the band covered Prince’s “Controversy;” in Kansas City, Mo., “Dust in the Wind” by Kansas; and in Los Angeles, the “Beverly Hills Cop” theme. What will Arcade Fire cover on Sunday at Verizon Center? We’ve got ideas.

“Waiting Room,” Fugazi

It’s unclear how many Arcade Fire fans would immediately recognize the opening bass line to Fugazi’s most well known song, but we have to think frontman Win Butler had a copy of “13 Songs” as a teenager. And we’re betting the band could pull this one off. If anything, covering a song by D.C.’s most beloved hardcore band would help restore some of the indie cred Arcade Fire’s lost by becoming Grammy winners who play arenas named after telecom corporations.

“Afternoon Delight,” Starland Vocal Band

Not everyone knows that Starland Vocal Band was from Washington, but everyone knows the group’s ode to midday love-making. “Afternoon Delight,” which had a revival in the early aughts thanks to comedic covers in “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” and “Arrested Development,” would serve as a nice reminder that Arcade Fire is not as pretentious or humorless as it’s sometimes accused of being.

“Bustin’ Loose,” Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers

The nod to D.C.’s go-go history would make sense, but the thought of Butler doing a Chuck Brown impersonation just feels wrong — even if the band is big enough (and skilled enough) to make the music sound good.

Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW; Sun. 7:30 p.m., $30- $70

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Rudi Greenberg is Express' Weekend Pass editor and comedy columnist.



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