History Trivia / REM

6th Aug '16 2:05:57 PM Green_lantern40
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* NoExportForYou: IRS only released the 1991 ''Best of R.E.M.'' compilation album in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil.
7th Jul '16 11:27:11 AM Uchronic
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** Peter Buck did not co-found the restaurant chain Subway prior to being the guitarist in R.E.M.
28th Apr '16 3:57:36 PM Green_lantern40
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* DevelopmentHell:
** "Just A Touch", the first song the band ever wrote, turned up on their fourth album.
** "Romance" was written and performed before the band's first album and recorded for it but would not be released until the ''Made In Heaven'' soundtrack in 1987.
** "All The Right Friends" was one of the band's earliest songs and was performed as early as 1980 and recorded in 1983 for their first album, but would not be released until 1993 when it appeared as a bonus track on the CD version of ''Dead Letter Office''. However, the band rerecorded it in 2001 due to the producer of ''Vanilla Sky'' wanting an old style R.E.M. track and the band having revisited it live around that time. So the old version was remastered a few years later.
** "Pretty Persuasion" and "(Don't Go Back To) Rockville" both originate from 1980 but would not appear on an album until their second in 1984.
** "Get On Their Way" (AKA "What If We Give It Away?") was performed in 1981 but would not appear on an album until their fourth in 1986.
** The fan-titled "Ha (We Still Get Paid For It)" from 1981 would not be developed until a full song until part of it turned into "Burning Hell" in 1984 and the other half formed the basis for "Oddfellows Local 151" in 1987.
** "Hyaena" was recorded for the band's second and third albums but wasn't released till it appeared on their fourth.
** "When We Were Young" (aka "Throw Those Trolls Away") was recorded for the band's third album, and the title was even written on the inner sleeve. It was performed live around the time. The band decided not to include it at the last minute. It was reworked into "I Believe" which was recorded for their fourth album.

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* DevelopmentHell:
DevelopmentHell: Surprisingly common.
** "Just A Touch", the first song the band ever wrote, turned up on their fourth album.
wrote (from early 1980), didn't get released until ''Lifes Rich Pageant'' in 1986.
** "Romance" was written and performed before the band's first album ''Murmur'' and recorded for it it, but it would not be released until the ''Made In in Heaven'' soundtrack in 1987.
1987.
** "All The the Right Friends" was one of the band's earliest songs and was songs, performed as early as 1980 and recorded 1980. The band tried recording it in 1983 for their first album, ''Murmur'', but this version would not be released until 1993 when it appeared as a bonus track on the ''I.R.S. Years'' CD version re-release of ''Dead Letter Office''. However, the The band rerecorded ended up rerecording it in 2001 due to the producer of ''Vanilla Sky'' wanting an old style R.E.M. track track, and the band having revisited it live around that time. So the old version was remastered a few years later.
time.
** "Pretty Persuasion" and "(Don't Go Back To) Rockville" both originate from 1980 but would not appear on an album until their second in 1984.
1984's ''Reckoning''.
** "Get On Their Way" (AKA "What If We Give It Away?") was performed in 1981 written near the end of 1980, but would not appear on an album until their fourth ''Lifes Rich Pageant'', under the title "What If We Give it Away?", in 1986.
1986. Apparently, the song is a bit of an OldShame for the band.
** The fan-titled "Ha (We Still Get Paid For It)" It)", from 1981 would not be developed until a full song until part around 1981, was never officially released. Parts of it were turned into "Burning Hell" and "Old Man Kensey" in 1984 (the former found on ''Dead Letter Office''; the latter on ''Fables''), and the other half formed the basis for ''Document'''s "Oddfellows Local 151" in 1987.
** "Hyaena" "Hyena" was recorded for ''Reckoning'' and ''Fables'', but was discarded due to the band's second and third albums but wasn't band not agreeing on the song's tempo. It was finally released till it appeared on their fourth.''Lifes Rich Pageant''.
** "When We Were Young" (aka "Throw Those Trolls Away") had been performed live on the band's 1984 tour for ''Reckoning'' and was recorded for the band's third album, and ''Fables'', with the title was even written on the inner sleeve. It was performed live around the time.sleeve. The band decided not to include it at the last minute. It was reworked into "I Believe" Believe", which was recorded for their fourth album.appeared on ''Lifes Rich Pageant''.



** "Bad Day", which was recorded in 1986 but not released because Michael Stipe thought it was too personal. (Instead, they wrote "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" around it.) They eventually rerecorded it in 2003 and only after that was the original version released.

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** "Bad Day", which was recorded in 1986 but not released because Michael Stipe thought it was too personal. (Instead, they wrote Parts of the song ended up being reworked and used in "It's The the End Of The of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" around it.) They Fine)", though the band ended up re-recording it for the 2003 greatest hits album ''In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003''.
** "Low Desert" originated during the ''Monster'' sessions, under the name of "Swamp", but it wouldn't be released until the following album, ''New Adventures in Hi-Fi''.
** "Daysleeper" started out as a demo during the ''New Adventures in Hi-Fi'' sessions, but just barely missed being on the album. It
eventually rerecorded it became the BlackSheepHit of the album ''Up'', in 2003 1998.
** "Until the Day Is Done" started life as an untitled instrumental demo recorded in 2003, during the ''Around the Sun'' sessions. It would eventually be released on ''Accelerate'' five years later.
** "Magnetic North" was recorded for ''Around the Sun'', but ultimately was never finished. It appeared on the band's 2007 Christmas Fan Club single.
** The two-disc ''Live at the Olympia'' set, chronicling the band's 2007 "live rehearsals" in Dublin, saw the first official releases of "Staring Down the Barrel of the Middle Distance"
and only after that was "On the original version released.Fly", both of which were written for, but ultimately left off of, ''Accelerate''.
27th Apr '16 10:25:45 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* HeyItsThatVoice:
** Yes, that is Music/PattiSmith singing the chorus of "E-Bow the Letter".
** And KRS-One on "Radio Song".
** [[Music/SonicYouth Thurston Moore]] is a backing vocalist on "Crush With Eyeliner".
** [[Music/TheB52s Kate Pierson]] performed the back up vocals for "Shiny Happy People" and "Me In Honey".
** Q-Tip performs a rap at the end of "The Outsiders".
** On ''Collapse Into Now'', {{Peaches}} shares lead vocals on "Alligator_Aviator_Autopilot_Antimatter", Patti Smith sings on "Blue" and "Discoverer", [[Music/PearlJam Eddie Vedder]] and Joel Gibb of The Hidden Cameras harmonize on "It Happened Today".
6th Sep '15 3:49:21 PM Green_lantern40
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** Early live performances saw Michael Stipe changing up the lyrics on an almost-regular basis during certain songs, often using them to quote passages, give ShoutOuts, and various other things. "Radio Free Europe" was a particular target of this.

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** Early live performances saw Michael Stipe changing up the lyrics on an almost-regular basis during certain songs, often using them to quote passages, give ShoutOuts, {{Shout Out}}s, and various other things. "Radio Free Europe" was a particular target of this.
6th Sep '15 3:48:53 PM Green_lantern40
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** Early live performances saw Michael Stipe changing up the lyrics on an almost-regular basis during certain songs, often using them to quote passages, give ShoutOuts, and various other things. "Radio Free Europe" was a particular target of this.
17th Aug '15 12:40:23 AM Angelus25
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** ''Around The Sun'' was recorded when the band were depressed about 9/11 and the Iraq War, and exhausted from touring; they almost broke up then. Their utter boredom is evident in most of the songs. However, they were so disappointed in ''Around The Sun'' that they did not want it to be their last album, and so stayed together to return to their rock roots.

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** ''Around The Sun'' was recorded when the band were depressed about 9/11 and the Iraq War, and exhausted from touring; they almost broke up then. Their utter boredom is evident in most of the songs. However, they were so disappointed in ''Around The Sun'' that they did not want it to be their last album, and so stayed together to return to their rock roots.roots and gave us that epic CrowningMomentOfAwesome that is ''Accelerate''.
22nd Jul '15 5:17:40 PM bt8257
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** A line in "Welcome to the Occupation", off ''Document'', originally read "Hang your freedom fighters." Stipe had intended for it to have [[DoubleEntendre two meanings]] -- "hang" as in "lynch" and "hang" as in "frame on a wall like a picture" -- but Bill Berry requested it be changed (the line in the finished product reads "Hang your freedom ''higher''").

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** A line in "Welcome to the Occupation", off ''Document'', originally read "Hang your freedom fighters." Stipe had intended for it to have [[DoubleEntendre two meanings]] -- "hang" as in "lynch" and "hang" as in "frame on a wall like a picture" -- but Bill Berry requested it be changed due to the {{unfortunate implications}} it would have had (the line in the finished product reads "Hang your freedom ''higher''").
23rd Mar '15 5:06:51 PM DavidDelony
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* ScrewedByTheNetwork: One of the reasons the band moved to Warner Bros. was that I.R.S. had poor distribution overseas.
23rd Feb '15 3:22:54 PM MagBas
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** A line in "Welcome to the Occupation", off ''Document'', originally read "Hang your freedom fighters." Stipe had intended for it to have [[DoubleEntendre two meanings]] -- "hang" as in "lynch" and "hang" as in "frame on a wall like a picture" -- but the UnfortunateImplications were present enough that Bill Berry requested it be changed (the line in the finished product reads "Hang your freedom ''higher''").

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** A line in "Welcome to the Occupation", off ''Document'', originally read "Hang your freedom fighters." Stipe had intended for it to have [[DoubleEntendre two meanings]] -- "hang" as in "lynch" and "hang" as in "frame on a wall like a picture" -- but the UnfortunateImplications were present enough that Bill Berry requested it be changed (the line in the finished product reads "Hang your freedom ''higher''").
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