"Neighborhood 1# (Tunnels)" was Arcade Fire's first single, released several months before their debut album, Funeral 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". In a 2012 Beats Per Minute (website) 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." Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.