Neighborhood 1 (Tunnels)
|"Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)"|
|Single by Arcade Fire|
|from the album Funeral|
|Released||June 20, 2004|
|Recorded||August 2003 – early 2004|
|Studio||Hotel2Tango (Montreal, Quebec)|
|Arcade Fire singles chronology|
"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. It 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.
30 second sample from Arcade Fire's first track off of Funeral.
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In August 2009, the song was named #10 on Pitchfork Media's "Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s". 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. 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."
- "Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)" - 4:48
- "My Buddy" (Alvino Rey Orchestra, live radio broadcast, 1940) - 2:32
- Win Butler - vocals, electric guitar
- Regine Chassagne - backing vocals, drums
- Richard Reed Parry - piano, backing vocals, organ, engineer, recording
- Tim Kingsbury - bass, backing vocals
- Howard Bilerman - electric guitar, engineer, recording
- Will Butler - percussion, backing vocals
- Sarah Neufeld – violin, string arrangements
- Owen Pallett – violin, string arrangements
- Michael Olsen – cello
- Pietro Amato – horn
- Anita Fust – harp