Arcade Fire to reissue the “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)” on 7” vinyl
Arcade Fire will reissue the Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) 7″ vinyl single for Record Store Day Black Friday on November 29th. Those first edition copies released through Merge Records are real collectors items. A limited reissue of 2,000 copies it would seem.
Win Butler: “This 7 inch was prepared in the months leading up to the release of Funeral. The B side is a song performed by Alvino Rey, me and Will’s grandfather. This song was played at his funeral, and was part of the inspiration of naming the record “Funeral”. It’s one of the first uses of a primitive vocoder called a Sonovox and was recorded live.”
Event: BLACK FRIDAY 2019
Release Date: 11/29/2019
Format: 7″ Vinyl
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
Frequently cited as one of the most important alternative songs of the 2000s, “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)” – the opening track on debut album Funeral – was an early introduction to the trademark Arcade Fire sound and encapsulates the essence of the music and themes on Funeral. The B-side, “My Buddy” by the Alvino Rey Orchestra, pays tribute to Will and Win Butler’s late grandfather, the Jazz musician Alvino Rey whose passing during the early part of Arcade Fire’s career would greatly influence Funeral.
This RSD Black Friday 7” replicates the original Merge Records single – first released in June 2004 – the debut single from the band. Originally limited to 1500 copies, it has become a highly collectable item amongst fans over the years.
A: “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)”
B: “My Buddy”