Special Sub-Topic: The R.E.M. Alphabet of Songs
|Ok, to start with I shall use the one that begins with a number as opposed to a letter. "Take in one symphony now, we've just begun to battle"|
7 Chinese Brothers. This is one of the songs from "Reckoning", a mostly overlooked album.
|Letter A: "You're gonna be a star!"|
All The Way to Reno. This is a cracking tune, the second single to be released from the "Reveal" album.
|B: "She took the child, held tight, opened the window"|
Belong. Track 7 from their second album for Warner, entitled "Out of Time". This was really their breakthrough album in the UK. The verses are spoken rather than sung.
|C: "It's 9 o'clock, don't try to turn it off"|
Catapult. One of their very early singles. Taken from the 1983 album "Murmur". This is an excellent track.
|D: "Tie another one to the racks, baby"|
Drive. Surely this was easy. The first UK single from the classic "Automatic for the People" album.
|E: "Loyal to the Bank of America"|
Exhuming McCarthy. One of the tracks from REM's final album for the IRS label, "Document".
|F: "A fortune for the undertow"|
Find the River. "Find the River" is the beautiful closing track of "Automatic for the People". "The river to the ocean goes, a fortune for the undertow. None of this is going my way". This is probably my favourite REM song.
|G: "Sleep, sleep, sleepy head"|
Get Up. "Get Up" is to be found on "Green", the band's first album after the move to Warner.
|H: "Watch the decline from a hazy distance"|
How the West Was Won and Where It Got Us. This is the opening track of the "New Adventures in Hi-Fi" album. If you know it then you will be familiar with the strange, almost jazz-like piano solo in the middle. I'm amazed that even with that the song still sounds great. Should have been a single.
|I: "Like a Friday fashion show teenager"|
Imitation of Life. The first single from the excellent "Reveal" album. This tune is rather pop-like, bringing back images of "The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite".
|J: "Carla read it in the news"|
Just a Touch. Taken from "Life's Rich Pageant".
|K: "I'm not your magazine"|
King of Comedy. This song is nothing special, one of the "Monster" fillers really.
|L: "I've been laughing fast and slow"|
Low. "Low" is a fine track taken from the "Out of Time" album. The song is driven by the bass initially but the guitar builds up and it becomes a very good song.
|M: "See you in Heaven if you make the list"|
Man On The Moon. "Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah". No excuses for getting that one wrong. A classic REM track and no mistake.
|N: "I am not an animal"|
New Test Leper. This is a fabulous tune from "New Adventures in Hi-Fi". If you don't know this tune then hurry up and check it out.
|O: "Spread your conscience overseas"|
Orange Crush. Orange Crush was a single from "Green". Along with "Stand" it laid the groundwork for REM to build on with the following album and particularly "Losing My Religion".
|P: "Try to put that on your sleeve"|
Pretty Persuasion. "Pretty Persuasion" was an early single taken from "Reckoning".
|R: "Look into my eyes, listen!"|
Radio Song. The opening track from "Out of Time". A new style for REM with the rapper and such, but it all worked out pretty well in the end.
|S: "I'm not bound to follow suit"|
So. Central Rain. "So. Central Rain" is a fabulous song. One of the singles from the "Reckoning" album. This song and "Rockville" are true REM classics, yet neither get the full attention they deserve.
|T: "Ugly girls know their fate"|
Tongue. A lovely single from "Monster". Michael really pushes his voice to its limits on this track.
|U: "I am in the place where I should be"|
Undertow. Undertow was recorded live during the "Monster" tour and touched up in the studio to be put on "New Adventures in Hi-Fi". It still has that live feel to it, though.
|V: "The pure tenor quality of the voice"|
Voice of Harold. This was an outtake from the "Reckoning" sessions. It became available on "Dead Letter Office". It is also the only REM song I could find that begins with the letter V.
|W: "Contradiction only makes it harder"|
Walk Unafraid. Easily my favourite song from the "Up" album, both lyrically and musically.
|Y: "Eviscerate your memory"|
You Are The Everything. "You are the Everything" is a beautiful Mandolin track from "Green". If you don't know this song then go listen to it now, it's very much worth it.
|Z: OK, no lyrics, name the instrumental from the "New Adventures in Hi-Fi" album.|
Zither. Ok, I hope you enjoyed this quiz and I hope it brought to your attention some classic REM tunes that you had forgotten about or were unaware of. Thanks for playing.
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