Dusting off the archives of their 1991 record Out Of Time, R.E.M. are releasing a 25th anniversary edition this coming November.
Today we’ve been given a first glimpse of what’s to come on the massive expansion that’s set to include demos and other snippets during the band’s formative years, in the form of an early demo version of “Radio Song”. Stripping the song to it’s barebones and losing the pop-friendly KRS-One rap bed, this original version is more true to the R.E.M. that we know and love — which yes, is melancholic and lyrically pessimistic.
Listen below via NPR:
Compared with the Original: