The Radiohead rumors may have been a ruse, but in good rock and roll tradition, another artist has joined the ranks of a political protest.
Jeff Mangum, former lead singer of Neutral Milk Hotel, delighted Occupy Wall Street demonstrators with a free performance at Zucotti Park Tuesday night.
Mangum, who rarely spends time in the public spotlight, performed an acoustic set including his former band’s “Holland, 1945,” “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea,” “The King of Carrot Flowers Part 1,” and even covered the Minutmen’s “Themselves.”
The elusive singer more recently made an appearance at last month’s All Tomorrow’s Parties in the U.K.. “Of course I support [Occupy Wall Street],” Mangum said. “This is just something small I can do.”
After rousing the audience with a singalong, Mangum signed autographs, shook hands and hugged demonstrators who crowded around him, the Wall Street Journal reports.
“I’ve been here on and off since day one, and we’re definitely starting to get stressed out,” said Brian James, a 23-year-old protestor. “So, it’s like for someone I’ve wanted to see for ten-plus years to show up — it’s just really good timing.”