Watch Arcade Fire, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pixies Talk Particle Physics

Watch Arcade Fire, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pixies Talk Particle Physics

There are only so many times a musician can be asked about their band name's origin or their songwriting process, but what happens when they're asked about particle physics?

The intrepid scientists at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) found out in asking members of Arcade Fire, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pixies about the organization and the science behind it before all three bands headlined Switzerland's Paléo festival.

In the clip, Arcade Fire reveal that the lyrics to "Supersymmetry" aren't as up to date now as they were when they wrote it, while Pixies bassist Paz Lenchantin felt inspired by "how the past is still communicating with the future" in both CERN's physics work and architecture.

Red Hot Chili Peppers bass master Flea, meanwhile, called the organization "a place where amazing things happen and an infinite well of curiosity can be filled."

Find their comments below.


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