Song of the Day #3,042: ‘World Leader Pretend (Live)’ – R.E.M.

remWhen I first heard R.E.M. was contributing a song to the 30 Days, 30 Songs anti-Trump project, I was giddy. I figured the prospect of a racist, misogynist narcissist ascending to the highest office in the world is what it took to reunite one of my favorite bands ever.

Alas, their offering turned out to be not a new song but a previously unreleased live version of a track from their 1988 album, Green.

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Song of the Day #681: ‘World Leader Pretend’ – R.E.M.

I mentioned last week that Fables of the Reconstruction was my introduction to R.E.M. Well, now we arrive at the first album of theirs to be released after I was a big fan.

1988’s Green was their first release for Warner Bros. Records and became their biggest hit yet. It featured the ubiquitous (and let’s face it, annoying) single ‘Stand’ as well as the hard rocker ‘Orange Crush.’

And while it has its moments, which I’ll get to, I consider Green one of the band’s worst albums.

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