Before the Financial Collapse. Before Occupy Wall Street.
Before Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band.
Before Bright Eyes became a household name, in 2001, a 21 year old Conor Oberst wrote a song for his emo/post-hardcore side project Desaparacidos called “Greater Omaha.”
An angry young man’s response to an unsustainable financial system and an insatiable American consumer culture, “Greater Omaha” is a juggernaut of a song and evidence of Oberst’s songwriting virtuosity.
Like a millenial Dylan or Rimbaud, the poetry and emotional core of the thing gives voice (in eerily prophetic fashion) to a zeitgeist level angst that wouldn’t find a voice until years later…and only after the proverbial sh*t hit the fan.
Below is live footage of Desaparecidos performing “Greater Omaha” somewhere, no doubt, in the early 00’s. Can’t wait to hear it in September.