Song of the Day #674: ‘Shaking Through’ – R.E.M.

R.E.M.’s real coming out party came with their full-length debut, 1983’s Murmur. Music fans who missed the low-profile Chronic Town would have a hard time escaping the critical orgasms over Murmur.

Rolling Stone named the album the best of 1983, ranking it ahead of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and it was hailed as the introduction of a new sort of alternative rock… too soft to be punk, too subversive to be pop, music made for college radio — for kids who wanted songs that spoke to their hearts and minds more than their stomachs and feet.

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