Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel made a surprise appearance at the can't-stop-won't-stop Occupy Wall Street protest Tuesday evening. The movement, which is currently based at Zuccotti Park in New York, has now spread to cities across the U.S., from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles.
According to music blog You Ain't No Picasso, after Mangum played his first song, he said the words concertgoers dream of hearing: “I’m here to serve you. What do you want to hear?” This footage from Global Revolution begins part way through a song that a commenter pointed out is "Themselves" by Minutemen -- from the lyrics, it was clearly sung to resonate with Mangum's audience:
"They keep themselves hidden away
They keep themselves hidden away upon the hill
Afraid of the day they'll have to pay
For all the crimes upon their head
And all those men who've learned to hate them"
The rest of the evening went like this:
"Song Against Sex"
"Two Headed Boy, Pt. 2"
"In the Aeroplane Over the Sea"
"King of Carrot Flowers"
Tune in at 32:07 to hear the crowd sing their hearts out with Mangum on "Oh Comely" to the words, "We know who our enemies are."