....it took me a long while to cotton on to the fact that R.E.M. weren't a bad band, in the shape of Document, their 5th studio LP released in 1987.
One of the last things I bought on vinyl in the mid-late 80s before turning almost exclusively to CDs for many years (and I wasn't alone in doing so) has turned out to be a reasonably rare piece of plastic.
mp3 : R.E.M. - It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
mp3 : R.E.M. - This One Goes Out (live)
mp3 : R.E.M. - Maps And Legends (live)
It's the original flop 12" release on the I.R.S. label, and the perceptive among you will have clocked that one of the b-sides is an early version of what would become their breakthrough hit, The One I Love.
On 24 May 1987, members of R.E.M. played two consecutive acoustic sets at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica as a benefit for Texas Records. This One Goes Out was one of four as yet unreleased songs performed by just Michael Stipe and Peter Buck at the first show, while Maps and Legends is taken from the second show. That we have recordings of them at all is down to the fact that Stipe enjoyed the shows so much he carried around a cassette copy of it and insisted that they be used as b-sides on subsequent singles.