Here’s your #TapeTuesday! R.E.M. – Green (1988)

Here's your #TapeTuesday. Following five increasingly successful albums for the indie label I.R.S. Records, the band grew frustrated with their overseas distribution, especially after having the hit "The One I Love." The guys began entertaining the idea of signing with a major label and finally chose Warner Brothers due to the label's promise of complete artistic freedom. The guys began to create demos both in the traditional rock band set up and also with a percussion, mandolin and accordion set up. Singer Michael Stipe told the band not to write any REM-type songs. Instead of a consistent vibe, the album was an eclectic, scattershot collection that contained both folky acoustic dirges and also the poppiest rock songs REM would ever release. So called "Ironic" pop songs like "Stand" and "Pop Song 89" were intermingled with introspective Americana like "World Leader Pretend" and "The Wrong Child." REM chose the American release date to coincide with the 1988 presidential election with the guys publicly endorsing candidate Michael Dukakis. The album was a huge hit and spawned 4 singles while going double platinum. An 11 month tour followed with the biggest budget the band had ever had. To me the album perfectly captures the political hailstorm of the late 80s with "Orange Crush" sounding like a catchy manifesto of the youth of America stuck in the middle of the "Me" generation. Green is also the one REM album where you get a little bit of every flavor REM offered. The definition of a classic. Purchased at Coconuts Music & Video in Westmont, IL May 1995. #REM #MichaelStipe #PeterBuck #MikeMills #BillBerry #ScottLitt #OrangeCrush #Stand #PopSong89 #GetUp #WarnerBrothers

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