“Finest Worksong” by R.E.M. (1987)

I feel like there was a very specific period of time in which R.E.M. were like “we’re tired of this underground band/best kept secret shit. We want to make anthems.” “Finest Worksong”, the track that leads off their pop breakthrough Document, is evidence that the four guys from anthem can, would and did write anthems.… Read More “Finest Worksong” by R.E.M. (1987)

“Bang And Blame” by R.E.M. (1994)

From my brief initial period of MTV ownership (fall ‘94-summer ‘96?), here’s the second single from R.E.M.’s Monster. It’s unusually seductive (for them), with a brooding lead vocal by Michael Stipe and a bass/drum rumble from Mike Mills and Bill Berry. Stipe’s sister Lynda provides the female background vocals. Monster’s kind of a divisive album,… Read More “Bang And Blame” by R.E.M. (1994)