It’s obvious Arcade Fire (see “No Cars Go”) cribbed a lot of their style from this ’80s British music collective: the brooding, enigmatic frontman (The Waterboys have Mike Scott, Arcade Fire has Win Butler); the male/female harmonies; the dense, folky arrangements; the orchestral instrumentation; the religiosity; the melancholy lyrics; and the sense of being a true musical community as opposed to a rock band. Their 1985 single, “The Whole of the Moon,” contains all of the above elements and became the group’s signature song.

Mandy Moore does a passable, Michelle Branch-esque version of the song on her Coverage album.

The Waterboys - This Is the Sea - The Whole of the Moon Download The Waterboys’ “The Whole of the Moon”
Mandy Moore - Coverage - The Whole of the Moon Download Mandy Moore’s “The Whole of the Moon”
Arcade Fire - Neon Bible - No Cars Go Download Arcade Fire’s “No Cars Go”

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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.