My final day of My Week with REM and today I bring you 'It's the End of the World as We Know It'.
Originally released in 1987, it didn't fare too well, only reaching number 87. It was re-released in 1991 when it reached 39, just inside the top 40.
This is a very different track to their norm. Its a bit rap in the speed of delivery, as Michael Stipe literally rants a rapid fire string of lyrics off, against a backdrop very similar in style to Bad Day. They sound very alike other than the fast speed, but the melody and feel of it are very similar.
This single was taken from their album Document in 1987. Its also been on several of their compilation albums since.
I can't say that the lyrics particularly mean anything at all, just seemingly random references to various places and people. It must have taken some recording though - I doubt there are many out there that could go at such a pace as the lyrics fire off in this track.
When Stipe starts to sing the melody, its almost a bit of respite from the frantic feel of it!!
The video is a bit odd, but interesting at the same time. Its a young lad, a skateboarder from the look of it. He's rummaging through a derelict house that looks like a tornado has hit it! Nothing else, but him, his skateboard and his dog in the ramshackle house. Bit unusual, but this week has proved this band are nothing if not unusual. Mainstream really isn't their thing.
This is another great track from this band, and love it or hate it, its a classic song and instantly identifiable as being REM. Go take a listen, and let me know what you think.
My previous REM choices days 1-6 can be found by clicking on the song titles: Stand , Everybody Hurts,
Losing My Religion, The Great Beyond, The One I Love and Bad Day . For more music you can check out My Music page by clicking here. Happy listening :)