Competition

Win an R.E.M. singles vinyl box

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We have a superb R.E.M. vinyl box set to give away to one lucky SDE reader…

Our friends over at Udiscover music have kindly donated a copy of 7IN-83-88, the vinyl box issued last December. This desirable set contains 11 seven-inch singles that accurately recreate the releases of the band’s original I.R.S. era.

How to Enter:
This competition is open to all until noon GMT/UTC on Friday 20 March 2015. To be in with a chance of winning please follow the instructions below:

  • 1. Subscribe to the free SDE weekly newsletter – click here.
  • 2. Leave a comment – tell us your favourite I.R.S. era REM track?

If you already receive the newsletter, then please just leave a comment. The winner will be picked at random and announced via the newsletter on Sunday 22 March 2015. Good luck!

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407 responses to Win an R.E.M. singles vinyl box

  1. Gert says:

    The first song by R.E.M. I heard as a young guy was So. Central Rain. Good memories.

  2. Lee Taylor says:

    This is tough. I’ll go with “Perfect Circle” from Murmur.

  3. Gordon says:

    Nice prize….I was a tad obsessed with R.E.M back in the 80’s (I’m better now – although I’d love to get my paws on this for old times sake).

  4. Andrea says:

    The one I love.

  5. John says:

    Finest Worksong.

  6. Jez says:

    Fall On Me

  7. Brady Curtis says:

    i have always loved Feeling Gravity’s Pull and Wendell Gee. so many great tracks to choose from.

  8. Neil says:

    My first favourite R.E.M. single would have to be Driver 8

  9. Foxee says:

    ‘Orange Crush’ does it for me every time – it’s the template for a perfect REM track in guitar and vocal arrangements and just conjures images of 1970’s ‘gumshoe’ movies like The Long Goodbye………..

  10. Edd Stark says:

    It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine). First song of theirs I heard.

  11. Bård Hodneland says:

    Finest Worksong.

  12. Michael says:

    Favourite track – Driver 8 from “Fables..”

  13. Stuart Fraser says:

    Got to be “Fall On Me”. Always loved it and was totally blown away by the unplugged version.

  14. Fabio says:

    These Days!

  15. Joe Maryon-Inwood says:

    The cover of Strange on Document. Don’t know why, I normally don’t like remakes but this one hooked me.

  16. Sami says:

    So many great ones to choose from, but I must go with “Everybody Hurts”.

  17. Stuart Russell says:

    Don’t Go Back to Rockville

  18. Jukka says:

    So. Central Rain is my favorite.

  19. dave butterfield says:

    finest work song. ..though so me again next week and it could be Fall on me

  20. Fabio says:

    I love the “i am superman” era!

  21. Mark says:

    The One I Love. Pop masterpiece.

  22. Ilia says:

    Wendel Gee

  23. Tape says:

    That’s a tough one. I feel like my favorite R.E.M. shifts back and forth between 5-6 songs depending on, well, who knows what. Last week it was “So. Central Rain” but I think right now it’s “Feeling Gravitys Pull”.

  24. Sean Wylie says:

    Driver 8 has to be my favorite!

  25. Charles Kellogg says:

    Fall On Me, it had more passion and resonance than anything I had heard as a wee lad living in a decade where a song like We Built This City could top the charts. It never gets old.

  26. dave says:

    it has to be – the one I love. I remember buying this cd single when it came out

  27. darren says:

    Fall On Me – great song.

  28. wolf says:

    hmm.. maybe So. Central Rain

  29. lee sharp says:

    Fall on me

  30. Alan Kading says:

    “Talk About The Passion”

  31. Haze says:

    Great band, great box..

  32. hard to pick one in such an extensive catalog.
    It was between fall on me and talk about the passion, and finally I pick Fall on me. Such a beautiful melody and vocal harmonies, awesome tune.

  33. Leemer says:

    I’ve been a fan for sometime now. First I heard was So. Central Rain when Reckoning came out.

  34. Darren Briscoe says:

    Another competition I wont win…but its fun trying!

  35. Neville says:

    The one I love would be my favourite.

  36. Darren Briscoe says:

    Oh…and Fall On Me gets my vote.

  37. Daniel says:

    I love It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

  38. Peter says:

    The One I Love!

  39. dave says:

    the one i love. thanks in advance very nice it is too.

  40. Dale says:

    It would have to be The One I Love.

  41. Andrea says:

    Fall On Me

  42. Martin says:

    Swan, Swan H

  43. Brett says:

    Cuyahoga

  44. Gerard says:

    It changes daily, but today I’ll say Harborcoat

  45. Barry Page says:

    Fall on Me

  46. Philip says:

    FINEST WORKSONG always did it for me. Hope I win, it will give me an excuse to buy a turntable!!!

  47. Jimi Fletcher says:

    At the moment it’s got to be ‘These Days’ from Life’s Rich Pageant – that rush into the chorus is stupidly exciting!

  48. richie says:

    I have loved this band since Murmer and the first song I heard was `Radio Free Europe`, that`s still my favourite.

  49. Craig Smith says:

    Pretty Persuasion.

  50. Cyril says:

    Let’s say… “Driver 8″

  51. bob peel says:

    Radio free Europe

  52. Julian Hancock says:

    Mmm. Superman, at least it is today.

  53. johnny says:

    Begin the Begin…. But it’s so difficult to choose : )

  54. Gerd says:

    The one i love!

  55. Graeme says:

    Perfect Circle.

  56. renato says:

    It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

  57. Phillip says:

    Stand.

  58. Trevor Baker says:

    The one I love

  59. Eddie says:

    Got to be ‘ It’s The End Of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
    Brilliant and uplifting!!

  60. Jaysen says:

    Feeling Gravitys Pull

    (If I had to pick just ONE…
    Can I change my mind yet?)

  61. Phil says:

    These Days

  62. Brenez Alain says:

    Driving 3 hours to Cologne in the early 90’s to see them live at a free outdoor concert, only to find out that the place was full when getting there. Eventually saw the concert on a big screen just outside the main square.

  63. Javier says:

    Need their songs as I need to breathe…

  64. Dave West says:

    Tough one but i’d go with ‘Gardening at night’

  65. Dave Ale says:

    Changes all the time, but for now: “Disturbance At The Heron House”.

  66. wendy procter says:

    Losing my religion

  67. I love Talk About The Passion

  68. frattonlad says:

    No question. Superman.

    It was the song that opened R.E.M. up to me after I borrowed the Pageant album from the local library on cassette!

  69. yoav says:

    I been in only one show during monster tour…it was bad…but this band changed my life….especially the mandoline years

  70. Michel D. says:

    “Fall on Me” is THE track for me!!

  71. cHristian Brinkmann says:

    The One I Love & Perfect Circle. Can’t really say which one is better

  72. The whole of the Document album is a personal favourite, so for me, I choose Finest Worksong

  73. CHRIS KOTSIRIS says:

    Am I the only one that adores Welcome to the Occupation?

  74. kashmir68 says:

    Talk About The Passion – Love at first in the first listening !

  75. Bill Cannon says:

    Fall On ME!

  76. Michael says:

    So. Central Rain, I think.

  77. Hélder Cardoso says:

    The one I love

  78. foe says:

    The
    1
    I
    Love

  79. Greg Viner says:

    Catapult off Murmur

  80. Ira says:

    Fall On Me

  81. William McGlinchey says:

    For me now it is Orange Crush. I remember being at their Balloch gig down Loch Lomond and whilst playing the One I Love, somebody threw a pint on stage (good throw considering the distance!) and it landed right next to Scott McCaughey and he was furious!!! So much so he stopped playing and Stipe had to calm him down and request the crowd calm it or they might walk off…the crowd stopped but who knows if they would have walked off? Great gig though and REM were on top form. So that song has always been a favourite but that personal story from a gig I was at just compounds it, ha!

  82. Ingvar says:

    Orange Crush!

  83. John Ireland says:

    Swan Swan H. Stupendous when they played it in Edinburgh on the “Green” tour.

  84. KevinK says:

    I’ll have to choose It’s the End Of the World As We Know It … though the Time After Time Live medley is pretty good too!

  85. dominic says:

    We didn’t start the fire by Billy jo….. oh hang on, i mean It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

  86. David says:

    So. Central Rain for me

  87. Darren says:

    I really do love the alt- indie rock sound of Radio Free Europe :)

  88. Adam says:

    The one I love is my favourite.

  89. Ryan says:

    So many good songs from that period in time. I’m gonna go with Wolves Lower.

  90. Frederic Noyes says:

    So central rain
    and/or Fall On Me

  91. Alex Staszko says:

    gotta be
    So central rain

  92. Johannes says:

    Finest Worksong

  93. andrew says:

    Superman

  94. Jon says:

    Everybody Hurts

  95. Brendan says:

    The correct answer is “Cuyahoga”.

  96. Sergei K says:

    Many to choose from. Driver 8

  97. Ken M says:

    Murmur was such an incredible album. When everyone else was listening to M.J’s Thriller, I was spreading the word about R.E.M.
    Moral Kiosk would be in my top 25 songs of all time.

  98. Boaz Halachmi says:

    The one I love is… ;-)

  99. Bleddyn Williams says:

    Fall on me

  100. Michael Galvan says:

    It’s the End of the World as we know it… still very apt!

  101. Jay Coyle says:

    Carnival of Sorts (Box Cars) is the one that hooked me and keeps me coming back.

  102. ALANBOWERS says:

    The One I love.
    SUPERB SONG

  103. Gareth says:

    I’m rare in that I mostly prefer REM after Bill left (‘Up’ is their best album for me) but the best track from the IRS years is ‘Perfect Circle’.

  104. Eugene says:

    Exhuming McCarthy

  105. Paul Wren says:

    Driver 8

  106. Larry Large says:

    Losing my Religion

  107. Andy says:

    Has to be Finest Worksong…

  108. Eelco says:

    It’a the end of the world aa we know it (and I feel fine)

  109. Emmanuel says:

    Fall on me

  110. Paul Cantin says:

    Perfect Circle from Murmur. Still takes my breath away.

  111. Michael Burns says:

    Tough choice! Carnival of Sorts (Box Cars) is a special one for me though.

  112. Barry crell says:

    Disturbance at the Heron House

  113. Ben Williams says:

    The One I Love!

  114. Alan says:

    Radio Free Europe for me too.

  115. Diego says:

    This one goes out to “the one I love”…

  116. Gary says:

    Their live version of King of Birds always blows me away. But favourite song that’s too tough. But for today let’s say it’s KoB.

  117. Nathan says:

    (Don’t Go Back To) Rockville is my fave

  118. claudio says:

    …never win …maybe now it’s time!!!

  119. Andrew says:

    My fave was always Crazy – the Pylon cover. Michael’s voice in this is amazing!!

  120. Don says:

    “Fall on Me”–excellent!

  121. Atti says:

    Simple: Gardening at Night

  122. GHB says:

    It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) for me – surreal stream-of-consciouness lyrics around a catchy chorus. Brilliant.

  123. Ian says:

    It has to be Radio Free Europe.

  124. Saar Freedman says:

    Fall On Me

  125. Tony Dagnall says:

    Fall On Me.

  126. Travis says:

    So. Central Rain!

  127. gary c says:

    Wendell Gee!
    I won the 7 inch single on a radio phone in competition back in the day. All the other singles I received where rubbish, except a 7 inch of Hangin On A String by Loose Ends.

  128. Keith says:

    Can’t Get There From Here

  129. andykent says:

    They are all my favourites how can you choose.
    So this is just a lucky dip. So. Central Rain.

  130. Michelle Gill says:

    Rockville

  131. Axel says:

    The One I Love …..IT WAS FIIIIIIIIIIRE!!!!!

  132. Runicen says:

    Some awesome answers for this one. I’ve enjoyed just reading the stories.

    I have to go with Begin the Begin off of Life’s Rich Pageant.

    Out of Time was my first REM album (cassette, naturally), but LRP was the first IRS album I owned. My aunt gave it to me as a birthday gift and that opening riff and those drums just kicked my adolescent brain something fierce! It wins by a landslide because it kicked open the doors to their back catalog in a HUGE way.

  133. dudemeister says:

    Got to be Don’t Go Back to Rockville – competition closes 2 days before my 50th birthday, what a lovely present this would be!!!!

  134. James Gooch says:

    First I heard was the Chronic Town EP. Still partial to Murmur and Lifes Rich Pageant. Fall On Me is superb.

  135. Paddyberger says:

    Hi, fave IRS era track (out of many) has to be “(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville”.

  136. Andreas Murmann says:

    Of coure – The One I Love. Memories, memories ;-D

  137. Helene says:

    My 1st song that I heard from R.E.M. was South Central Rain and it is still my favorite

  138. Yoshi says:

    Orange Crush is the best for me!!

  139. Vy says:

    Looks sweet!!

  140. thefxc says:

    The ‘Time After Time/Red Rain/So. Central Rain’ acoustic medley from the Finest Worksong 12″. Was a fan before; with this track they became a favorite

  141. John says:

    Hard to choose but probably So. Central Rain. Particularly the the acoustic version that comes in at the end of Time After Time, Etc. (live) from the Finest Worksong single.

  142. Thomas A. says:

    It’s the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine) – Great Song!

  143. Michael says:

    Life And How To Live It!

  144. Thomas Braun says:

    (Don’t Go Back To) Rockville was the first song i heard.

  145. Ronnie Carroll says:

    Talk about the passion

  146. Raj says:

    Fall on me

  147. Georgios says:

    Fall on me

  148. eric slangen says:

    Orange chrush!! YES

  149. Simon says:

    Gotta be Don’t Go Back to Rockville.

  150. Marco Menini says:

    Driver 8

  151. graeme ewan says:

    R.E.Member

  152. Jan says:

    Wendell Gee

  153. Vegard E says:

    The One I Love

  154. Brendan V. says:

    Radio Free Europe

  155. Max says:

    ‘The One I Love’ because of the girl I first heard this from and who I later married.

  156. radiojazzz says:

    it has to be a tie between Driver 8 and The One I Love

  157. Mark says:

    Don’t Go Back To Rockville is very hard to beat.

  158. William Keats says:

    “Driver 8″ is easily my favorite.

  159. Tony Pye says:

    The end of the world as we know it

  160. Heinz says:

    “The One I Love”

  161. Anthony says:

    Too many to choose from but I will say Driver 8.

  162. Giorgio says:

    I pick up The One I Love… and I’m keepin’ my fingers crossed :)

  163. Dan says:

    So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry) is my favorite from the album “Reckoning” but Fall On Me from Life’s Rich Pageant is a close second.

  164. Chris Brown says:

    I’m kind of in a ‘Harborcoat’ mood today.

  165. Raquel Garcia says:

    dont go back to rockville… i have a bootleg of a gig with natalie merchant singing with them. :)

  166. JL says:

    Harborcoat!

  167. Yossi Barak says:

    It’s the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine)

  168. Iain McCarthy says:

    I’ll also go for ‘Harborcoat’….great backing vocals from Mike Mills!

  169. Paul Hum says:

    ‘Cuyahoga’ from Lifes Rich Pageant is my favourite song by R.E.M.

  170. Adam S says:

    The One I Love!!!

  171. Sean says:

    Radio Free Europe – watching them live in Dublin in the mid 1980’s

  172. Brendan Mooney says:

    The One I Love

  173. Orig80'saddict says:

    Definetly “End of the World As We Know It”.

  174. esalter says:

    IRS era best song ‘finest worksong’.

  175. Marcus D says:

    It’s The End Of The World…

  176. PC says:

    Perfect Circle

  177. Barry says:

    The One I Love is a classic.

  178. Roger Harris says:

    This one goes out to the one I love

  179. Steven says:

    The first R.E.M. song I ever heard was ‘Don’t Go Back To Rockville’ from “Reckoning”, so that’s the one.

    File Under Water

  180. martin craig says:

    Orange Crush

  181. cristina says:

    Mine is “So Central Rain”. Never get tired of it

  182. neil c pickford says:

    The One I Love and its dark lyrics. What kind of ballad relishes in the use of “fire!”. Moody , broody and damn great.

  183. nick y says:

    pretty persuasion. a classic

  184. Martin says:

    If I really have to choose, it’s “Fall On Me”. But please don’t make me choose.

  185. Ralph MacGillivray says:

    Eek! How do I choose? Put Reckoning in CD player. Press random play
    7 Chinese Bros

    Sorted!

  186. Michael says:

    Stumble

  187. Brian says:

    The One I Love

  188. Geoff says:

    Has to be Cuyahoga from LRP.

  189. Chris says:

    Perfect Circle

  190. Andy Wedge says:

    Mate says to me, ‘Ere, Wedge, you’ll like this’ and played me ‘It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)’. He was right. I did and it’s THE song that got me hooked on REM.

  191. Mari Sutherland says:

    Losing my Religion from out of Time

  192. Mat says:

    Radio free Europe is a classic!

  193. Nigel Hollingsworth says:

    It’s The End of the World as we know it(And I Feel Fine )

  194. Bob G says:

    Begin the Begin

  195. Matt S says:

    Driver 8

  196. YOLANDA DAVIS says:

    Everybody Hurts is one of my all-time favourite’s.

  197. Rachel says:

    everybody hurts

  198. Gavin says:

    Has to be perfect circle from murmur

  199. Corycm says:

    Gotta go all the way back for my favorite I.R.S.-era: Carnival of Sorts (Box Cars)

  200. james rowlands says:

    Everybody Hurts

  201. Peter van noort says:

    The one i love

  202. John Madden says:

    Fall on me

  203. Justin Isbell says:

    Wendell Gee…a great introduction to a great band.

  204. Matthew Sinclair says:

    Has to be Finest Worksong.

  205. Yoshiaki says:

    1,000,000
    Chronic Town is still one of my favorite.

  206. Chris Pitt says:

    It has to be: Its the end of the World as we know (and i feel fine)

  207. Ron says:

    Don’t go back to Rockville

  208. sylvia says:

    FALL ON ME . GREAT SONG

  209. Rob says:

    Fall on me :-)

  210. Jim says:

    Finest Worksong!

  211. Joe says:

    Radio Free Europe!!

  212. Madj says:

    It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

    Even the title is great (love titles with brackets)!

  213. PAC says:

    The One I Love..

  214. Chris Lancaster says:

    Tough choice, but Perfect Circle for me.

  215. Angela Paull says:

    The One I Love – awesome song

  216. maxine new says:

    Everybody Hurts!

  217. Greg says:

    The first time I heard REM was Radio Free Europe and it is still my favorite. Must be a time and place thing.

  218. Christopher says:

    Kohoutek

  219. james says:

    Wow!!! Nice job Paul. Thanks for the opportunity
    J

  220. Thiago says:

    Fall on Me

  221. Paul Wilson says:

    Finest Worksong.

  222. Julie Booth says:

    It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

  223. Paul says:

    Finest Worksong, for sure!

  224. Jeff says:

    These Days!

  225. Andrew Leach says:

    Driver 8

  226. David Maxwell-McNulty says:

    The One I Love

  227. Christopher Allan says:

    Finest Worksong

  228. Ray judson says:

    Driver 8 for me!!

  229. Richard says:

    Time after time etc. from Finest Worksong 12″.

  230. glenn hutton says:

    Everybody Hurts – iconic…

  231. Gill Gaffney says:

    I am Superman – love it!

  232. Hugh says:

    They were all great, but I submit Oddfellows Local 151. In a pre-wiki world, I could imagine they were singing about the Oddfellows’ fortress* of a building overlooking the Thames River (the one in Connecticut, rhymes with aims.) It was a senior citizens home, and therefore a potential source for pearls of wisdom.

    * It may well have doubled as a fortress, as that entire stretch of river has been gearing up for Benedict Arnold’s Second Coming for the last two centuries.

  233. Edu says:

    Fall On Me.

  234. Swan Swan H…
    what noisy cats are we..

  235. Curtis Gibson says:

    Has to be Fall on Me :)

  236. FM says:

    Fall on Me

  237. Tim Kwiat says:

    Fall On Me is my favorite. The harmonies are spiritual, and the chorus is hypnotic. Brings me close to tears on almost every listen. One of my all-time favorites by anyone!!!

  238. Joey says:

    Wow! Very nice vinyl box set!

  239. Kev Taylor says:

    The One I Love – what a way to be introduced to such a great band.

  240. Nigel Croft says:

    I moved to the States in 1988. One record that was all over the local Boston station, WFNX was Finest Worksong. Will always be remembered as a song that helped me ‘adjust’ and hey I’m still here…..

  241. Scott Walliss says:

    Fall on Me

  242. Rd says:

    So. Central Rain from Reckoning

  243. gerard says:

    Fall On Me

  244. Chris Mooar says:

    Life and How to Live it.

  245. Paul H says:

    Fall on Me

  246. Sheila Sloan says:

    Fall on Me

  247. S Edwards says:

    mine is The one i love

  248. George Corner says:

    Has to be Finest Worksong

  249. Robert Boon says:

    Definitely Fall on me, The track that made me discover R.E.M. and made me a huge fan ever since

  250. Matthias Hafemann says:

    Driver 8

  251. Peter says:

    It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

  252. Mike williams says:

    Finest work song

  253. SteveW says:

    It’s The End Of The World As We Know It

  254. Rob M says:

    Whats The Frequency Kenneth?

  255. Matt says:

    Perfect Circle (by a short head from many others …).

  256. Tomek says:

    “Pretty Persuation”. Dynamic, melodic, perfect.

  257. Sven says:

    I love “The one I love”

  258. Kevin says:

    Fall on me ;-)

  259. Steve says:

    Don’t go back to Rockville for me – my favourite song of REM and not just the IRS years.

  260. Suzanne says:

    Everybody hurts.

  261. Trood says:

    Everybody Hurts – depressing but inspiring (don’t give up, everybody hurts)!

  262. Peter Hewitt says:

    From this era probably Fall on Me is the track I remember most

  263. Hassni says:

    Welcome to the Occupation.

  264. J. Moore says:

    My favorite track from this period is “Gardening at Night (Different Vocal Mix),” off 1988’s Eponymous.

  265. Craig says:

    Fall on Me :)x

  266. Kate Marsden says:

    My favourite is ” Time after Time ” Brilliant

  267. Nic Adamou says:

    Has to be Orange Crush. Most certainly stood the test of time

  268. Todd Brown says:

    I’ll be looking forward to hearing from you on the 22nd!

  269. Neil Molyneux says:

    Fall On Me is my favourite

  270. Ricardo Sardo says:

    One of those finest moments would be “Hyena”, from the excelent “Lifes Rich Pageant”.

  271. Aimee Swift says:

    fall on me x

  272. Mike Defresne says:

    Harborcoat, IRS era is the best REM era. So many great tunes and reinvented covers.

  273. Duane says:

    The One I Love

  274. Alan says:

    FALL ON ME

  275. Roberto says:

    Old man kensey

  276. william says:

    ‘Can’t Get There From Here’. First REM song I ever heard. On a school trip.

  277. Jon says:

    My favourite has to be Night Swimming, perfect song, just wish we had the climate to enjoy some night swimming!

  278. Sanur Rasid says:

    Losing my Religion

  279. Jeff says:

    IRS years single, would have to be “Superman”. Great track!

  280. Rich says:

    Fall On Me

  281. Joe says:

    Romance!

  282. chee wai says:

    It had to be ‘Driver 8′ because it reminds me of life in simpler times.

  283. Helen says:

    E-Bow the Letter, Patti Smith… :)

  284. Emanuele says:

    Fall On Me!!!

  285. Tom Baines says:

    fave is FALL ON ME.

  286. TJA says:

    Cuyahoga

  287. plasket says:

    I’m gonna go the “weird choice” route and say “Voice of Harold”

  288. RM says:

    Losing My Religion-Part of my music growing up & my adult growing up to be honest!

  289. Has to be one from Lifes Rich Pageant, but it’s not easy to choose… I’ll go with the incredible earworm “I Believe”.

  290. stuart allen says:

    the one i love

  291. ALFREDO says:

    MAN ON THE MOON. But it’s so difficult to choose

  292. Mark Rainbow says:

    Perfect Circle, it’s a great melody that just does it for me.

  293. Alan Baldock says:

    The One I Love

  294. Iain Ward says:

    The one I love

  295. Richard Lord says:

    The One I Love
    Reminds me of being at University

  296. Jurg says:

    that’s a tough one: maybe “Everybody Hurts” today, may be another one tomorrow ;-)

    • Jurg says:

      sorry, it said IRS years: so maybe “(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville” (because you always come back to your first love…)

  297. Stephen says:

    Disturbance at the Heron House is to me the perfect R.E.M. song, a good balance between their past and hinting at what was to come, a song on the cusp.

  298. Will Cullen says:

    My favourite tune of REMs altogether is I Believe. Love the banjo opening to it and it’s so totally catchy. Of course REM is quite good at a catchy tune!

  299. alex cook says:

    Talk about the passion is my favourite

  300. So many great tracks, but since I have to pick just one, I must go with “Driver 8,” since it’s the best.

  301. Kegan Simons says:

    My all-time fav: Nightswimming.

  302. Kegan Simons says:

    Gardening At Night

  303. todd says:

    Oddfellows Local 151

  304. Barry Whiting says:

    “Driver 8″……this week anyway.

  305. Cyd dawe says:

    It’s been a bad day

  306. Jon Little says:

    I was late to the party so bought a compilation. Perfect Circle brought tears to my eyes it was so beautiful.

  307. Urs says:

    “The One I Love”, definitely!

  308. Cataldo Torelli says:

    The one I love. It brings me great memories!

  309. Andrew Aston says:

    1. Orange Crush
    2. Fall On Me
    3. Don’t Go Back To Rockville

  310. Steve says:

    Finest worksong.

    Following them since murmur.

  311. Jessica says:

    Fall on me!

  312. richard scholfield says:

    Perfect Circle

  313. Joeri says:

    That would be “The one I love”.

  314. Alan says:

    Wendell Gee. Totally floored when I first heard this on (i’m sure) Janice Long’s evening show, and umpteen years later this track still does it for me.

  315. Simon says:

    Orange Crush

  316. Christian says:

    It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

  317. eddie says:

    Hard choice between two tunes I’m afraid.
    It’ll be either Stumble (as the Chronic Town was my first introduction at the time) or She Just Wants To be (for more – very – private reasons. love that tune to bits…)

  318. karl says:

    white tornado is my favourite in the era

  319. Jo Carroll says:

    It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)…is an all time classic!

  320. Eric says:

    Favorite track of the I.R.S. era? That would be “Laughing” from _Murmur_ — the playing of Berry, Buck and Mills is so beautifully separated and each is so virtuosic. It sounds otherworldly but still also sounds like it could be played in your basement.

  321. Eric says:

    P.S. Didn’t I alert you to this release? Does that count for anything? ;)

  322. JDM says:

    The Flowers of Guatemala.

  323. Gonzalo says:

    One of the best bands of all times, IRS era simply superb

  324. alan says:

    orange crush

  325. Andy says:

    It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) – very catchy tune – gets in your head!

  326. K.c. Teis says:

    Fall On Me.

  327. Helen Belton says:

    Fall on me, amazing song :)

  328. F van der Scheer says:

    Pop Song ’89

  329. Kai says:

    “World Leader Pretend”, great lyrics, great cello

  330. Anja says:

    “Can’t get there from here” … so true ….

  331. steve anderson says:

    Superman

  332. David Reeves says:

    No contest – Fall on Me

  333. Steve says:

    Ages of You (b-side of Wendell Gee). Not very well known, but instrumentally and lyrically (where the musical/tonal quality of the words was more important than the straight denotations) the epitome of the I.R.S. years.

  334. Liz B says:

    It’s the End of the World As We Know It – I used to live near Cleveland OH, and the local alternative rock station WENZ 107.9 started off by playing this non-stop for 24hrs. I’d moved back to the UK when the station was replaced by something less brilliant – apparently they signed off by playing it again, it really was The End….

  335. David Camilleri says:

    Superman! Love this track!

  336. WAYNE KLEIN says:

    Probably my favorite is the original Hiptone version of “Radio Free Europe” as it was the first time I had heard the band back in 1981 (if memory serves).

  337. Sylvain says:

    Probably “Orange Crush”, first time I saw them live was on that tour!

  338. Alexey says:

    The One I Love!

  339. sofie says:

    Hard to choose really, but if I had to choose one: Fall on me

  340. Paulo says:

    Superman, always my favourite.

  341. Talk About the Passion – coming from a French area, we all knew “combien”, but couldn’t tell if he was singing that, or “count me in”.

  342. Ben says:

    Sitting Still.

  343. Alan says:

    Fall on me.

  344. k walsh says:

    The one I love – could listen to that all day

  345. Leo says:

    I was in junior high when my friends and I first heard REM. First song, and still a go to, is Carnival of Sorts.

  346. Jens Iwarson says:

    My pick is Fall On Me

  347. Jose says:

    The one I love, good memories ;-)

  348. Ken says:

    Don’t Go Back To Rockville

  349. Pierre says:

    It’s the end of the world

  350. FALL ON ME!!!! Buy the sky and sell the sky
    And tell the sky, and tell the sky!! GReat!

  351. Lori Mckillop says:

    Shiny happy people <3

  352. william says:

    One of my favorite songs is not truly one that they wrote, but a cover of one. DREAM (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM) One of the first songs I heard from them.

  353. jermaine jagger says:

    Fall on me!!

  354. James says:

    ‘The One I Love’ – Stipe’s lyrics move on from the ambiguous to the downright dark. And don’t you love all those idiots who dedicate the song to their loved one without actually listening to the words?!!

  355. Steve Hallam says:

    It’s about time I won something – anything!!!

  356. Dean says:

    My fave is “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”

  357. tom says:

    Fall On Me

  358. Lee Robertson says:

    Would still have to be End of The World from Document 1st Album I heard

  359. andre says:

    orange crush ! i like it i love it i adore it !

  360. leanne weir says:

    Fall On Me.

  361. D McNicol says:

    Fall on Me – great song

  362. Rob Stirk says:

    Superman

  363. Dan Caldon says:

    Radio Free Europe

  364. Frances Grasby says:

    Fall On Me

  365. kronning says:

    Radio Free Europe still rocks and I still don’t know the lyrics.

  366. Leanne Rae says:

    The One I love

    :)

  367. Andrew Hindley says:

    “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”

  368. John Matthews says:

    Can’t Get There From Here

  369. craig chisholm says:

    Radio Free Europe

  370. billy j says:

    the one i love

  371. Adrian Zubia says:

    Voice of Harold

  372. jim stewart says:

    gardening at night!

  373. Jean Christophe DERRIEN says:

    Hyena.

  374. Neil Findlay says:

    It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

  375. Paul Cailes says:

    Disturbance At The Heron House

  376. Craig Brooks says:

    Talk about the passion

  377. Alan Boyd says:

    The One I love reminds me of when I first met the wife!

  378. James Uden says:

    Driver 8

  379. Matthew Reid says:

    Has to be These Days

  380. Cathryn bowen says:

    Fall on me

  381. Diego Imperatore says:

    Fall on me…. ❤️

  382. Stuart Dunlop says:

    Pretty Persuasion.

  383. Jackie ONeill says:

    Fall On Me.

  384. Jane Middleton says:

    Losing my religion

  385. Allan says:

    Everybody Hurts

  386. Dave Simpson says:

    Fall on Me

  387. Alison Johnson says:

    Orange Crush

  388. Suzy says:

    Fall On Me

  389. Tom Morrison says:

    Fall on me

  390. Kai says:

    so. central rain

  391. Dmitry says:

    Fall On Me, i guess…

  392. Eduardo says:

    The one I love. But they have so many good songs…

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