R.E.M. share top 40 of favourite songs by the band to mark "resurgence" in 'The Bear’

R.E.M have put collectively a playlist of their high 40 songs of their discography to have fun their “resurgence” in FX collection The Bear. Test it out completely on NME under.

The reflection on their 15-album legacy comes following the discharge of the second season of the award-winning drama The Bear, which options a lot of the band’s tracks – together with a number of iterations of ‘Monster’ album basic ‘Strange Currencies’.

Now, in an NME unique, frontman Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills and drummer Invoice Berry have hand-selected their high 40 songs from their previous for a playlist of their private favourites.

Of the 40-track playlist, every member of R.E.M selected their high 10 tracks, with Stipe selecting the primary quarter of the playlist – which kicks off with ‘World Leader Pretend’, a monitor from their 1988 album ‘Green’.

From there, tracks 11-20 are hand-picked by Buck, and embrace songs ‘All The Way To Reno’ and deep-cut ‘You’re In The Air’, whereas tracks 21-30 are chosen by Mills and have fan-favourites ‘It’s The Finish Of The World As We Know It (And I Really feel Wonderful)’ , ‘Orange Crush’ and ‘What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?’.

The ultimate 10 songs on the playlist are the favourites of drummer Invoice Berry and contains the lesser-known track ‘Rotary Ten’ – from their 1986 album ‘Lifes Rich Pageant’ – in addition to hit 1992 monitor ‘Find The River’. Try the complete playlist under.



R.E.M. Prime 40 Playlist for NME. CREDIT: Press

Launched within the UK earlier final week, the most recent episodes of The Bear have seen one more “resurgence” in reputation for the long-lasting rock band. This comes because it continuously contains tracks from their discography, together with a number of iterations of their monitor ‘Strange Currencies’.

Taken from their ninth studio album, ‘Monster’, these variations embrace the unique 1994 combine, a Scott Litt remix created in 2019 and a never-before-heard demo of the track that’s shared completely for the present.

Moreover, R.E.M and the present’s creators at FX additionally joined forces to create a brand new full-length music video for the track – combining footage from the band’s 1995 tour alongside clips from the collection, test it out under.

‘Half A World Away’, lifted from the band’s 1991 smash hit album ‘Out Of Time’, additionally makes a key look within the closing episode of season two, and the combination of the band’s tracks is partly as a result of creators – Christopher Storer, and Government Producer Josh Senior – each being longtime followers of the band.

The partnership, nonetheless, additionally arrives because the band’s frontman has overtly declared himself one of many collection’ greatest followers. “The Bear is hands down my favourite show of last year… Having incorporated R.E.M. songs into their universe makes it even sweeter,” he stated in a press launch. “The best people at any party are always in the kitchen!”

Bassist Mike Mills additionally shared his fondness for the collection, stating: “I’m so glad The Bear exists. It has become one of my favourite TV shows, and I can’t wait to watch more of it.”

Again in 2019, the band spoke with NME about their ‘Monster’ album – which contained the newly resurfaced monitor ‘Strange Currencies’ – on what was its twenty fifth anniversary.

Talking with Andrew Trendell, the band mirrored upon their mindset when recording the album, and mentioned how their sound was impacted by each exterior components, in addition to their perspective in direction of their new-found fame.

“A lot had happened to us and in the world since our last world tour in 1989. Culture had shifted, politics had shifted, things had changed dramatically. We were a part of that change, or perhaps inspired part of that in music and culture,” started Stipe.

“We found ourselves in this position of being incredibly more famous than we had ever been before … so we needed to do something really loud and raw,” he continued. “We turned to our love of glam-rock in the early ‘70s and the influence that it had on us as musicians and as fanboys. That was the beginning of ‘Monster’.”

Mills agreed, including how the album was a stability between each a energetic sound and darker undertones. “There are some conflicted characters in those songs – but the music is upbeat, and uplifting, or it should be for the most part,” he defined. “On the other hand, we were ready to have a good time, go hit the stage and leave the place feeling positive. Part of that noise and the fun of the record overlays some darker characters on the album. That’s what we were after.”

Talking of album anniversaries, this yr additionally marks 4 a long time because the members launched their iconic debut album ‘Murmur’ in 1983. Again in 2008, the band re-released the album to mark its twenty fifth anniversary.

Followers are additionally eagerly awaiting information of Michael Stipe’s debut solo album – which he stated “should come together” sooner or later in 2023.

Craft Recordings continues to have fun the band’s enduring legacy by means of vinyl reissues with their long-out-of-print albums 2004’s ‘Around the Sun’, 2011’s ‘Collapse Into Now’, ‘Reveal’ (2001) and ‘Accelerate’ (2008). Order all of them right here.

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