Neighborhood 1 (Tunnels)

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"Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)"
Single by Arcade Fire
from the album Funeral
B-side"My Buddy"
ReleasedJune 20, 2004
RecordedAugust 2003 – early 2004
StudioHotel2Tango (Montreal, Quebec)
Producer(s)Arcade Fire
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. 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.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

In August 2009, the song was named #10 on Pitchfork Media's "Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s".[2] 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.[3] 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[edit]

Additional musicians


  1. ^ "Arcade Fire – Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  2. ^ Pitchfork, "The top 500 tracks of the 2000s" [1]
  3. ^ Lucien Flores, "The Essential Arcade Fire", Beats Per Minute, August 2, 2012

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