History Trivia / REM

21st May '17 5:12:58 PM onionmaster
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** Mike Mills the R.E.M. bassist/multi-instrumentalist is not to be confused with Mike Mills the director and graphic designer. The latter frequently directs music videos and designs album artwork, and played guitar in the short-lived band Butter 08.

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** Mike Mills the R.E.M. bassist/multi-instrumentalist is not to be confused with Mike Mills the director and graphic designer. The latter frequently directs direct music videos and designs album artwork, and played guitar in the short-lived band Butter 08.



* NoExportForYou: IRS only released the 1991 ''Best of R.E.M.'' compilation album in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil.

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* NoExportForYou: ''Chronic Town'' was not released in the UK at the time, despite getting a release in The Netherlands. Though some tracks were released as B-sides, the UK wouldn't get the whole EP until the CD release of Dead Letter Office in 1987.
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IRS only released the 1991 ''Best of R.E.M.'' compilation album in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil.
21st May '17 4:59:00 PM onionmaster
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** "Burning Down" was one of the group's earliest songs, performed for a while in 1980/1981, dropped, reworked into the similar "Ages Of You", -
- which itself was intended for but missed out on appearing on "Chronic Town" and "Murmur" - before both songs were reattempted in the "Reckoning" sessions, only for their release to be delayed until b-sides were needed for Fables era single "Wendell Gee" in 1985, for which the tracks had reverb added. They later appeared on ''Dead Letter Office''.

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** "Burning Down" was one of the group's earliest songs, performed for a while in 1980/1981, dropped, reworked into the similar "Ages Of You", -
- which
You" (which itself was intended for but missed out on appearing on "Chronic Town" and "Murmur" - "Murmur") before both songs were reattempted in the "Reckoning" sessions, only for their release to be delayed until b-sides were needed for Fables era single "Wendell Gee" in 1985, for which the tracks had reverb added. They later appeared on ''Dead Letter Office''.
21st May '17 4:58:23 PM onionmaster
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* DevelopmentHell: Surprisingly common.
** "Just A Touch", the first song the band ever wrote (from early 1980), didn't get released until ''Lifes Rich Pageant'' in 1986.
** "Romance" was written and performed before ''Murmur'' and recorded for it, but it would not be released until the ''Made in Heaven'' soundtrack in 1987.

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* DevelopmentHell: Surprisingly common.
common due to the group's songwriting being very prolific in their early days.
** "Just A Touch", the first song the band ever wrote (from early 1980), was played live regularly and attempted for ''Reckoning'', though didn't get released until ''Lifes Rich Pageant'' in 1986.
** "Romance"
1986. The main reason it appeared on Pageant was written that the group needed filler and performed before ''Murmur'' and recorded for it, but it would not be released until revisited several older songs. The producer Don Gehman annoyed Michael Stipe so much with his demands that Michael gave a very pissed off rendition in one take that was a perfect capturing of the ''Made in Heaven'' soundtrack in 1987.song's live energy.



** "Permanent Vacation" was from their 1980 days and revisited live in the 2000s, and received its first commercial release when they recorded a Live In-Studio version for their iTunes Session. Peter did mention the group toyed with revisiting the song as a joke around the time of Aerosmith's 1987 album also titled "Permanent Vacation", though decided not to.
** "Mystery To Me", "Wait", "That Beat" and "Narrator" originated from the group's 1980 days too. "That Beat" was recorded for Reckoning though not used, "Mystery To Me" and "Wait" were recorded for "Lifes Rich Pageant" but not used, and "Narrator" was recorded with Warren Zevon as a Hindu Love Gods single.
** "Get On Their Way" was written near the end of 1980, but would not appear on an album until ''Lifes Rich Pageant'', under the title "What If We Give it Away?", in 1986. Apparently, the group were suggested to rerecord the song by an associate who liked it from their early days, but after its release, felt the song was unmemorable and wondered why they included it.



** "Get On Their Way" was written near the end of 1980, but would not appear on an album until ''Lifes Rich Pageant'', under the title "What If We Give it Away?", in 1986. Apparently, the song is a bit of an OldShame for the band.
** The fan-titled "Ha (We Still Get Paid For It)", from 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.
** "Hyena" was recorded for ''Reckoning'' and ''Fables'', but was discarded due to the band not agreeing on the song's tempo. It was finally released on ''Lifes Rich Pageant''.

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** "Get On Their Way" "Burning Down" was written near one of the end of 1980, group's earliest songs, performed for a while in 1980/1981, dropped, reworked into the similar "Ages Of You", -
- which itself was intended for
but would not appear missed out on an album appearing on "Chronic Town" and "Murmur" - before both songs were reattempted in the "Reckoning" sessions, only for their release to be delayed until ''Lifes Rich Pageant'', under b-sides were needed for Fables era single "Wendell Gee" in 1985, for which the title "What If We Give it Away?", in 1986. Apparently, the song is a bit of an OldShame for the band.
tracks had reverb added. They later appeared on ''Dead Letter Office''.
** The fan-titled "Ha (We Still Get Paid For It)", from around 1981, 1980-1981, 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.
** "White Tornado" is from the original Cassette Set demo tape and from the same sessions the Hib-Tone recordings of "Radio Free Europe" and Sitting Still, but the track did not see a commercial release till "Superman" single in 1986, and later "Dead Letter Office". Unlike a lot of examples, it is the same 1981 recording. The group did later record a Live In Studio version for Reckoning, though decided they preferred the earlier one.
** The band's cover of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" was recorded in studio 10 years after they had started performing it live, for the sole coincidence that it was the b-side of "The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite".
** "Romance" was written and performed before ''Murmur'' and recorded for it, but it would not be released until the ''Made in Heaven'' soundtrack in 1987.
** "Hyena" was recorded the first song written after ''Reckoning''s release and was played on its tour well before any other songs were written. It was attempted for ''Reckoning'' and ''Fables'', but was discarded due to the band not agreeing on the song's tempo. It was finally released on feeling they had played it too quickly. When they rerecorded it for ''Lifes Rich Pageant''.Pageant'', they decided their judgement was wrong and played it even faster.



** The band's cover of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" was recorded in studio 10 years after they had started performing it live.


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** "Nightswimming" was written by Mike Mills during the Out Of Time sessions, though was not seriously considered for the album at the time.
** "Photograph" was written in the Automatic For The People sessions but not finished till it was reworked into a duet with Natalie Merchant 1993.
8th May '17 8:37:57 PM Ezclee4050
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* AscendedFanboy: They recorded ''Green'' at Ardent Studios in Memphis, the studios where their idols Music/BigStar recorded.
16th Jan '17 8:57:41 PM Green_lantern40
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** Had the band not broken up, the three "new" songs on their 2011 retrospective ''Part Lies Part Heart Part Truth Part Garbage'' -- "A Month of Saturdays", "We All Go Back to Where We Belong", and "Hallelujah" -- would instead have been released on a potential sixteenth studio album. Since ''Collapse Into Now'' completed their five-album contract with Warner Bros., the album would've instead been released independently.
27th Sep '16 9:47:20 AM AlternativeCola
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* TroubledProduction: ''Fables of the Reconstruction'' and ''Up''. See Creator Breakdown.
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".
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