R.E.M.- Reckoning 35th Anniversary- Michael Stipe, Peter Buck

R.E.M. Murmur   quietly emerged Spring 1983 and has never left my essential music list, along with its follow-up Reckoning. My conversations with R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe and particularly with lead guitarist Peter Buck about those early IRS Records reveal a band remarkably cohesive and certain about its vision. This interview includes the earliest days of the Athens GA R.E.M. with songs from their first four full albums Murmur   ( a perennial “desert island disc” for me, released April 1983 ), Reckoning a year later peaking at #27 on Billboard,  Fables of the Reconstruction,  Life’s Rich Pageant, &  their biggest seller to that point, Document  in 1987.

 Songs include “Radio Free Europe”,”South Central Rain”,”Can’t Get There from Here”,”Driver 8″,  “Fall on Me”, and three from R.E.M.’s  Document, “Finest Worksong”, “It’s the End of the World as We Know It”, and “The One I Love”. – Redbeard