Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire is performing on the Jon Stewart show as I write. Top of the charts in America, Canada and the U.K. Must be nice. Go Canada!

But to quote Fred Willard’s character in A Mighty Wind “Wha Happened?”

Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t mind selling 156 CD’s this week, but it’s hard to believe 156,000 units sold get’s you #1 in America these days.

For comparison purposes I consulted with old friend Clive Davis. Or a Google search. One of the two.


1. The Beatles, 1 (11,499,000 copies sold)

2. *NSYNC, No Strings Attached (11,112,000)

3. Norah Jones, Come Away With Me (10,546,000)

4. Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP (10,204,000)

5. Eminem, The Eminem Show (9,799,000)

6. Usher, Confessions (9,712,000)

7. Linkin Park, Hybrid Theory (9,663,000)

8. Creed, Human Clay (9,491,000)

9. Britney Spears, Oops! … I Did It Again (9,185,000)

10.Nelly, Country Grammar (8,461,000)

Cue Archie and Edith:

Boy, the way Glen Miller played. Songs that made the hit parade.
Guys like us, we had it made. Those were the days.
Didn’t need no welfare state. Everybody pulled his weight.
Gee, our old LaSalle ran great. Those were the days.
And you know who you were then, girls were girls and men were men.
Mister, we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again.
People seemed to be content. Fifty dollars paid the rent.
Freaks were in a circus tent. Those were the days.
Take a little Sunday spin, go to watch the Dodgers win.
Have yourself a dandy day that cost you under a fin.
Hair was short and skirts were long. Kate Smith really sold a song.
I don’t know just what went wrong. Those Were The Days.

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