Friday, September 08, 2006

R.E.M.

What am I suppossed to say about R.E.M.? I'll say this about them, after all their success, by 1995 they were still willing to give a song away to a tiny fanzine that was an early promoter of their music. What is more, they covered this criminally negelected song by their buddy Robyn Hitchcock. Robyn's version was on his low-selling final album for A&M, Respect, which never got enough, ahem, respect from even Hitchcock's biggest fans. This cover comes from a flexi 7" given away with The Bob fanzine. Flexi 7" are always pretty dodgy as far as sound quality goes, some more so than others. This one sounds like it had some pitch problems, but then again maybe that's just Stipe's voice (but the guitars sound off too). Anyway, it's worth hearing warts and all. And if you don't already own a copy, go find a copy of Respect while you still can.

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