R.E.M. Tribute

(aired 9/30/11)


“To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.” – R.E.M.

On September 21st, the band from Athens, GA issued the announcement above – calling it quits after three decades producing music together. In tribute, all the songs on today’s Maya’s Mix are R.E.M. songs. Almost all are cover versions by a range of different artists, while I also included a couple originals.

Note: unfortunately some technical glitch happened when I taped this show, and my recorded version is distorted due to the high volume. It’s a bummer, since the show included interesting facts and unique songs. 🙁 The original recording is still listenable and available below, but be warned that most of it sounds muffled. Thus I’ve provided links to some of the individual songs online, in order for you to be able hear better-quality versions. Click here to hear my own medley of “Losing My Religion” cover clips. Each song below also cites the R.E.M. album that the original version is on and the year that album was released (in gray italics).

As Michael Stipe shared recently, “A wise man once said – ‘the skill in attending a party is knowing when it’s time to leave.’ We built something extraordinary together. We did this thing. And now we’re going to walk away from it.”

  1. clip: Radio Free Europe – R.E.M. [released as debut single in 1981 and on Murmur, 1983]
  2. Talk About the Passion – Samson and The Philistines [Murmur, 1983]
  3. Don’t Go Back to Rockville – 10,000 Maniacs [Reckoning, 1984]
  4. Camera – Pavement [Reckoning, 1984]
  5. clip: South Central Rain – Hem [Reckoning, 1984]
  6. South Central Rain – Grant-Lee Phillips [Reckoning, 1984]
  7. Driver 8 – Hootie & the Blowfish [Fables of the Reconstruction, 1985]
  8. Fall on Me – Cry Cry Cry [Life’s Rich Pageant, 1986]
  9. clip: Fall on Me – Furthermore [Life’s Rich Pageant, 1986]
  10. Cuyahoga – The Decemberists [Life’s Rich Pageant, 1986]
  11. The One I Love – Rosie Thomas w/Sufjan Stevens [Document, 1987]
  12. It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) – Great Big Sea [Document, 1987]
  13. Spam (parody of Stand) – Weird Al Yankovic [Green, 1988]
  14. Hairshirt – Glen Hansard [Green, 1988]
  15. Orange Crush – Editors [Green, 1988]
  16. You Are the Everything – Redbird [Green, 1988]
  17. Pop Song 89 – The Bombsters [Green, 1988]
  18. clip: Losing My Religion – Gregorian Chants [Out of Time, 1991]
  19. Losing My Religion Medley – Joshua James, Swandive, Tori Amos, Jacqui Naylor, Suzie McNeil, Glee cast, Dolapdere Big Gang, Anouk – mixed by Maya Seligman [Out of Time, 1991]
  20. Losing My Religion – Amber Rubarth [Out of Time, 1991]
  21. Shiny Happy People – The Vitamin Quartet [Out of Time, 1991]
  22. Low – Jawbox [Out of Time, 1991]
  23. Everybody Hurts – Joe Cocker [Automatic for the People, 1992]
  24. Man On The Moon – Ferraby Lionheart [Out of Time, 1991]
  25. Nightswimming – Ingrid Michaelson [Out of Time, 1991]
  26. Find The River – Dr. Dog [Out of Time, 1991]
  27. Wicked Game (Chris Isaak cover) – R.E.M.
  28. Bang and Blame – R.E.M. [Monster, 1994]

Originally aired on KSKQ on September 30, 2011. Select the play button below to listen to the recorded show. (If the link isn’t visible, click on the show title at the top to refresh the page.)

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