Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross discuss the biographies of R.E.M.'s members, and the earliest years of the formation of the band.
The links below are a comprehensive listening list, and we encourage you to listen to them before, alongside, and after the podcast.
The next episode will be about the Chronic Town EP.
- Pylon - Volume (1980) - YouTube — Here's a live show by Pylon, a band that was active in the Athens scene at the time R.E.M. came up.
- Pylon - Crazy - YouTube — This is Pylon's big single from 1983, which R.E.M. would later cover.
- LOVE TRACTOR - SPIN YOUR PARTNER - YouTube — This is a video and single from Love Tractor, the band that Bill Berry left to join R.E.M.
- The Power of Independent Trucking: R.E.M.: "Cassette Set" (1981 demo tape, RARE!!!) — A writeup about the earliest known live show bootleg.
- Invisible Hits: The Earliest Known R.E.M. Bootleg | Pitchfork — Another writeup about the bootleg, with embedded YouTube links.
- R.E.M. - Narrator - YouTube — A very strange early song.
- Radio Free Europe - Hib-Tone Single - 1981 - YouTube — The song that started it all. Compare it to other versions of the song... Producers matter!
- R.E.M. Do Not Open Hib Tone Demo Tape - YouTube — The demo tape that the band sent out to venues to get gigs.
- Meeting - YouTube — A song from Michael Stipe's German noisepop band.