Skip to content

Arcade Fire’s Win Butler Performed David Bowie’s ‘Rebel Rebel’ With Kurt Vile Last Night

Last night, Win Butler of Arcade Fire teamed up with Kurt Vile for a cover of David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel.” Butler’s band were famously close to the late legend, and they’ve continued to pay tribute every chance they get. The “Rebel Rebel” cover went down at a Vice event after-party at New York City’s Pier 59 studios.

Among the backing band members, according to Pitchfork: Nick Zinner and Brian Chase of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jaleel Bunton of TV on the Radio, and Beastie Boys producer Money Mark. They’re hardly the only ones who count “Rebel Rebel” as one of their favorite Bowie songs: following the Starman’s death, Bruce Springsteen and Madonna sang it too.

At the same event, Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino covered Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.” Later on, Butler and Cosentino were joined by Kristin Kontrol (Dee Dee of the Dum Dum Girls) and Perfect Pussy’s Meredith Graves for a karaoke rendition of Sex Pistols’ “Anarchy in the U.K.”

Scroll down for fan-shot video of Butler and Vile performing “Rebel Rebel,” Cosentino’s version of “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” and the whole crew singing “Anarchy in the U.K.”