My retro single of the week for this week is from REM with the wonderful 'Everybody Hurts'.
Everybody Hurts was released as a single in 1993, and was taken from their 1992 album, Automatic for the People. This was one of their biggest successes, and peaked at number 7 in the UK charts.
Let me say this - this is one of my all time favourite ever songs. Its a beautiful gorgeous sounding ballad without being a ballad if you follow. Its slow tempo, with emotional sounding vocals from Stipe and his unusual voice.
The video this song is also brilliant. Its a traffic jam on a main road in the USA. Captions pop up on the screen depicting what the occupants of various vehicles are thinking. Its very clever. The lyrics give it a real thought provoking backdrop. Everybody hurts he sings over and over, which is true.
Eventually, the occupants of the cars get out and just walk on, leaving the jam behind them. Michael Stipe and the band members are amongst them. Michael then starts to sing. Its brilliant. It ends with a news report of over 300 people just walking away from their cars.
This is a song that makes you think. Its quite dark, and very powerful. Its wonderfully sung, wonderfully orchestrated with strings and guitars. It doesn't sound dated even now.
Go take a listen of this one. If you somehow haven't heard it before, you will love it. If you just haven't heard it for a while go remind yourself how great a song this is. Drop me a comment if you like it.
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