Part 2/2 [Go here for part 1] - Interview and So. Central Rain

31 years ago today, on October 6th, 1983, R.E.M. made their national television debut on the Late Show with David Letterman, performing Radio Free Europe and So. Central Rain - which was so new at the time, it did not have a name. This performance was huge, for R.E.M. and for college rock as a whole. They were unlike anything anyone had ever seen before. This is, hands down, my favourite R.E.M. performance; in fact, it’s what made me fall in love with R.E.M. in the first place. I wasn’t lucky enough to be around in 1983, but this performance is timeless.


Part 1/2 [go here for part 2] - Radio Free Europe

31 years ago today, on October 6th, 1983, R.E.M. made their national television debut on the Late Show with David Letterman, performing Radio Free Europe and So. Central Rain - which was so new at the time, it did not have a name. This performance was huge, for R.E.M. and for college rock as a whole. They were unlike anything anyone had ever seen before. This is, hands down, my favourite R.E.M. performance; in fact, it’s what made me fall in love with R.E.M. in the first place. I wasn’t lucky enough to be around in 1983, but this performance is timeless.


jangst:

Back when Dave Letterman announced his retirement, Mike Mills was one of the first to Twitter about it, and was sort of credited with “breaking the story”.  Here’s the mini-interview he gave immediately afterward.

The guy asks him how many Twitter followers he has, and Mike just doesn’t know. His cute answer is “About 100 more followers than I had ten minutes ago.”

I just checked, and as of right now (2:40 on Oct 5, 2014), he has 4721 followers.


humanoidhistory:

The young whippersnappers in an up-and-coming band called R.E.M.

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R.E.M. in 1994.

Happy (belated) 20th birthday to Monster!



remhq:

R.E.M. with the Lucy Show from November 1984



grapost:

R.E.M. - Michael Stipe


Have been spending the night sifting through the internet for old R.E.M. bootlegs. Unfortunately, being a child of the nineties, I am not old enough to have had any original vinyl bootlegs, so I have to make do with the mp3’s people have posted on the internet. But, man, are they ever good.

This is from one of their earliest-known bootlegs, recorded October 4th, 1980 at Tyrone’s in Athens. I can’t get enough of it. It’s so caffeinated, so energetic, so fresh; it’s a piece of R.E.M. history. 

[Download the full bootleg here]