I first heard neutral milk hotel around 2001/2002 on the previously amazing Audio Galaxy website and fell in love with them straight away. The song was ‘Communist Daughter’ from their at times massively under rated ‘In The Aeroplane Over The Sea’ album. I loved the lyrics, sweet and dirty at the same time, the dishevelled grandeur of the arrangements – so much going on. I had to hear everything I could by them from that point on and have since found several albums of increasingly strange music by the band, some worth checking out are ‘Invent Yourself A Shortcake’ and ‘Beauty’ – both of which contain some of the weirdest efforts by the band. Anyway, it turns out that some people still dont know this amazing band, though I dont think they are anywhere near as unheard of as they used to be due to the sheer power of word of mouth and the recent success of NMH spin off band, A Hawk and A Hacksaw, so I’m gonna post a few video’s of my favourite NMH songs and hopefully turn a couple of people onto a totally under rated band.
I say under rated not because people dont think of them as an amazing band, but because I honestly believe they should be regarded as among the key bands of their era. Their influence is by now immeasurable, as everyone who comes to love the band will find something from them in their own music from then on. Blah. Check out the vids 😀
Two Headed Boy (great live version):
Holland, 1945 (complete with shitty fan video):
Saved the best one till the end, fookin amazing! So if you were one of those people who didn’t know NMH, hopefully now you have filled a gaping void in your life and will enjoy