Neighborhood 1 (Tunnels)

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The correct title of this article is Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels). The substitution or omission of the # is because of technical restrictions.
"Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)"
Single by Arcade Fire
from the album Funeral
Released June 20, 2004
Format 7"
Genre Indie rock, post-punk revival, baroque pop
Length 4:48
Label Merge
Writer(s) Arcade Fire, Josh Deu
Arcade Fire singles chronology
"Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)"
"Neighborhood #2 (Laïka)"

"Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)" is a song by Canadian rock band Arcade Fire, and the first track on their debut album Funeral. It is the first of the four-part "Neighborhood" series found on Funeral.

"Tunnels" was the band's first single, released several months before the album as a 7" vinyl record on June 20, 2004, to a pressing of 1500 copies. The B-side to the album is a recording of the song "My Buddy" by swing musician Alvino Rey. Rey is the maternal grandfather of Arcade Fire members Win and William Butler.

In August 2009, the song was named #10 on Pitchfork Media's "Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s".[1] In a 2012 Beats Per Minute article on The Essential Arcade Fire, it was named the band's most essential track by writer Lucien Flores.[2] Flores writes, "'Tunnels' has all the elements of a great Arcade Fire song: a head-bobbing rhythm section, lyrics that harken back to an imperfect past, a seamless blend of instruments, and a cathartic coda."

Track listing[edit]

7" single

  1. "Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)" - 4:48
  2. "My Buddy" (Alvino Rey Orchestra, live radio broadcast, 1940) - 2:32


Arcade Fire

Additional musicians


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Lucien Flores, "The Essential Arcade Fire", Beats Per Minute, August 2, 2012

External links[edit]

30 second sample from The Arcade Fire's first track off of Funeral.

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