WATCH: Arcade Fire Covers Boyz II Men’s ‘Motownphilly’ at Wells Fargo Center

The Montreal indie rockers cover Boyz II Men’s 1991 debut single at their concert in South Philadelphia.

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Arcade Fire’s formal dress encouraged tour rolled into the Wells Fargo Center last night. And although the event sold so poorly there was a 58% off Groupon for it, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good time. Arcade Fire’s pretty good.

And they also have a respect for the classics. And, by that, I mean, Boyz II Men’s “Motownphilly.”


A few years ago, music writer David Thorpe — the guy who helped send Pitbull to Alaska — had the perfect take on "Motownphilly."

This song has it all: snappy banter about how well they can sing, a video featuring their orange blazers and high-top haircuts, something about all the steaks they can eat, that part where they go “dmm dmm dmm da da,” and the best drum intro this side of “Poison.” In fact, I think they even shout out [Bel Biv Devoe] in the song. Why, Boyz II Men, why did you have to turn from top-notch New Jack Swing singles to shit like “I’ll Make Love to You” and other 8th-grade dance fodder?

The old heads won't like this, but the best song about this city is "Motownphilly." In a perfect world, every Boyz II Men song is like "Motownphilly" and they're the greatest band of all time. This cover's pretty good, too.

Now, Boyz II Men needs to cover "Rebellion (Lies)." The band plays the Mirage in Las Vegas nearly every night; they have a chance to!

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