Sep 272010

Last week we saw three videos from John Legend and the Roots’ Spike Lee-filmed concert. Since, JohnLegendVEVO has upped many, many more. You can watch them all here. One, however, deserves its own post.

The Legend/Roots album Wake Up! was originally inspired by them covering the Arcade Fire song of the same name. Ironically, that song was cut in favor of a protest-soul theme. We wondered what the heck their cover of “Wake Up” would sound like. Now we know. Epic.

Questlove looks like he’s having the time of his life drumming this thing. Then again, Questlove looks like he’s having the time of his life drumming anything. You can see why this didn’t make the album though. Indie anthems don’t mix with Marvin Gaye soul. They mix far better with shout-along YouTube videos. Watch the clip and download an MP3 to remember it by below.

John Legend and the Roots – Wake Up (Arcade Fire cover)


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