We Used to Wait

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"We Used to Wait"
Single by Arcade Fire
from the album The Suburbs
Released August 1, 2010 (UK)
Format 7", download
Genre Indie rock
Length 5:02 (album version)
3:28 (radio edit)
Label Rough Trade, Merge
Arcade Fire singles chronology
"The Suburbs"/"Month of May"
(2010)
"We Used to Wait"
(2010)
"Ready to Start"
(2010)

"We Used to Wait" is the first UK single from Arcade Fire's third album The Suburbs, following "Ready to Start", which was the first US single. It was released on August 1, 2010 in the UK.[1]

The Wilderness Downtown[edit]

The song is also part of the experimental project The Wilderness Downtown, an interactive music video to tout the HTML 5 strengths of the Google Chrome web browser. It figures prominently in the location-based audiovisual web experience and the name of the project is taken from a line in the song.[2]

Reception[edit]

Rolling Stone named it the 5th best song of 2010. It also named its interactive music video 'thewildernessdowntown.com' one of the best music videos of 2010.

In February 2011, music video blog Yes, We've Got a Video! ranked the project at number 2 in their top 30 videos of 2010. The project was praised as a "beautiful experiment that has significantly pushed the boundaries of the music video by introducing the factor of interactivity." [3]

In July 2011, the music video was named one of "The 30 All-TIME Best Music Videos" by TIME Magazine.[4]

Covers[edit]

On 20 October 2010, Mark Ronson and Business Intl, featuring Alex Greenwald on both vocals and the mandolin, and Rose Dougall on backing vocals, covered the song on Jo Whiley’s BBC Radio 1 show.[5] The Drums also covered this song.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 31
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[7] 40
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[8] 95
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[9] 75
US Alternative Songs (Billboard) 22
US Rock Songs (Billboard) 42

References[edit]

  1. ^ Praxis Media. "Radio1 Rodos Greece ::: UK Forthcoming Singles ::: Charts, DJ Promos, Dance, Lyrics, Free Mp3 Samples Downloads". Radio1.gr. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  2. ^ "The Wilderness Downtown". The Wilderness Downtown. 2010-08-19. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  3. ^ "Top 30 Videos of 2010: 10 – 1!". Yes, We've Got a Video!. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  4. ^ Josh Sanburn (July 28, 2011). "The 30 All-TIME Best Music Videos - Arcade Fire, 'We Used To Wait/The Wilderness Downtown'". TIME. Retrieved August 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Mark Ronson Covers Arcade Fire". Stereogum. 2010-10-20. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Arcade Fire – We Used To Wait" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – Arcade Fire – We Used To Wait" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  8. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Arcade Fire – We Used To Wait" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  9. ^ "Arcade Fire - We Used To Wait". Chart Stats. 2010-08-14. Archived from the original on 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2012-03-14.