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When R.E.M. graduated from I.R.S. to Warner Bros., they also graduated from clubs and theaters to stadiums. Their 1988 Warner debut reached #12, thanks to the hits Stand and Pop Song 89.


Green catapulted R.E.M. from campus cult favorites to rock stars of the highest order. The album contains three of the Athens, Georgia, quartet's most popular radio hits ("Pop Song 89," "Stand," and "Orange Crush"), punching up the big rock hooks and letting the spooky independent production slip away. Some diehard fans cried "Sellout!" but that's a strange attitude given singer Michael Stipe's environmental activism. "I'm very scared of this world," he sings above jangling mandolins on "You Are the Everything." It's still unclear what he's trying to say, but at least we can understand the words this time. --Steve Knopper

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Pop Song 89
  2. Get Up
  3. You Are The Everthing
  4. Stand
  5. World Leader Pretend
  6. The Wrong Child
  7. Orange Crush
  8. Turn You Inside-Out
  9. Hairshirt
  10. I Remember California
  11. Bonus Track 1

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 1, 2016)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord Records
  • ASIN: B000002LFU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,933 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Marc Richardson on May 18, 2013
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In regards to the new Green anniversary edition, the concert on disc 2 is the same show as featured on Tourfilm. However, Tourfilm only featured 17 songs so if you count the Record Store Day EP (or if you get the itunes or MP3 version) you get 9 more songs than on Tourfilm.

The only song from Tourfilm that is not included in this set is their cover of The Velvet Underground's After Hours that played over the credits. It can be found on the UK Losing My Religion CD single from Mar 91 and the UK Losing My Religion 12" single from Feb 91.

There were a couple of snippets of other peoples' songs that Stipe sang as song intros that were on Tourfilm but are not included here. These were before I Believe and King of Birds. However, the spoken intro to I Believe is still in tact, they just edited the song snippet out that came between the intro and the song. Other songs on this CD (and/or mp3) that keep their spoken intros from Tourfilm include: You Are The Everything, and I Remember California.

Other songs that had spoken intros on Tourfilm but lost them on CD are: Turn You Inside-Out, These Days, World Leader Pretend, Get Up, Begin the Begin, and Finest Worksong.

Also, for the b-side collectors and completists, some of these same Tourfilm recordings had previously appeared as follows:

1. Stand: Losing My Religion (UK CD) (Mar 91).

2. Turn You Inside-Out: Losing My Religion (UK CD) (Mar 91). Note: The single version includes the spoken intro from Tourfilm not included on this Green CD.

3. Belong: Radio Song (US CD & 12" single and UK & German CD) (Nov 91).

4. World Leader Pretend: Music From Tourfilm (US promo CD-Video) (Oct 90), and Losing My Religion (UK CD) (Mar 91).
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I was in college when this album first came out, and I remember being disappointed overall at the effort -- GREEN was a real departure for REM at the time, insofar as that it largely left behind the jangle and obfuscation of earlier albums in favor of a big, clear and mainstream-friendly "rock" sound. I remember being turned off by what seemed (at the time) like too-obvious bids for airplay, like "Pop Song 89" and the awful "Stand." I remember the stark contrast between the gentler, more thoughtful songs - "Hairshirt," "The Wrong Child," "You Are The Everything" and the goofy, charming "Bonus Track 1" - and the rest of the album.

And, soon enough, I put the album (or, more accurately, I put the cassette) aside and largely forgot about it.

Fast forward to 2006. I'm looking through some used CDs and find a cheap copy of "Green." I figure I might as well pick it up and take a step toward completing my REM CD library. The next day, as I'm driving to work, I slip it into the car stereo.

And, halfway in, I find myself weeping uncontrollably.

In 1990, when this album was released, I'd heard "The Wrong Child" as a truly poignant and sad piece of music -- powerful enough to strike a resonant chord with me, but not one that actually related directly to my life as a college kid. In 2006, hearing "The Wrong Child" again for the first time in years, I find myself reacting as a father of a child with special needs... and I almost wish I hadn't purchased the album. It hurts that much to hear Michael Stipe offering the perspective of a chronically-ill or special needs child, yearning in the most impossible and innocent way to do the simplest things that 'normal' kids do.
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"Green" is a very bizarre album - and I mean this in the best possible way. The year is 1988 and R.E.M., for the past seven years, having being the champions and yardstick for alternative and independent music, ditch their label IRS and sign with Warner Bros. Sellout? Opinion was (and still is) divided. "Green" is often measured as the end of the "old" R.E.M. and the beginning of a new, commercialised wannabe supergroup. The album features bright, bubblegum songs such as "Pop Song 89", "Get Up" and "Stand" - the last one becoming a huge hit due to its radio friendliness - something which R.E.M. had always avoided. Michael Stipe's singing has become much clearer (however this had already been underway since 1986's "Lifes Rich Pageant") and, shock horror, the entire lyrics to a song ("World Leader Pretend") are printed on the sleeve. Is "Green" the end of R.E.M. as we know it? In the humble opinion of this writer, no. Allow me to elucidate. True, the "bubblegum/pop song" factor IS prevalent on "Green", in the songs mentioned above. However, they still have that subversive touch that is true to R.E.M. The opener, "Pop Song 89" lifts ideas from The Doors' "Hello, I Love You" and seems to be a selection of platitudes and chat-up lines. "Stand" seems to be an overall, life affirming song about...well, life itself and "Get Up" is a song about the conflict between dreaming and getting out and living life - their contradictory nature, they both "complicate" and "complement" the singer's life. True, they all seem straightforward, but you can't help notice that in all these songs, Michael Stipe may be winking at us.Read more ›
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