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R.E.M.|Dead Letter Office

Dead Letter Office

R.E.M.

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Arriving mere months before Document took the group into the Top Ten, the B-sides and rarities collection Dead Letter Office sums up all of the quirks and idiosyncrasies that made R.E.M. the leading underground guitar pop band of the '80s. While only a handful of songs on Dead Letter Office rank among the group's best, the record is extremely entertaining, even for casual fans, particularly because it captures the wild spirit of R.E.M. that was evident at their concerts, but not always on their records. Among the gems scattered throughout the collection are the cheerily ridiculous "Band Wagon," "Voice of Harold" (which features Michael Stipe singing the liner notes to a gospel album over the backing of "7 Chinese Brothers"), covers of the Velvet Underground, Pylon, and Aerosmith, the ringing pop of "Burning Down" (which is later reworked as "Ages of You"), and "Walter's Theme," a drunken attempt at a commercial for a local restaurant that segues into a clueless cover of "King of the Road." The material may be slight, but it's fun -- and R.E.M.'s albums aren't always fun. [The CD version of Dead Letter Office contains the group's debut EP, Chronic Town.]
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Crazy
00:03:02

R.E.M., MainArtist - Joe Boyd, Producer - Curtis Hudgins Crowe, ComposerLyricist - Michael Scott Lachowski, ComposerLyricist - Randall Eugene Bewley, ComposerLyricist - Vanessa Briscoe, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 A&M Records

2
There She Goes Again
00:02:49

R.E.M., MainArtist - Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 A&M Records

3
Burning Down
00:04:12

Mike Mills, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist - Don Dixon, Producer - Mitch Easter, Producer - William Thomas Berry, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 A&M Records

4
Voice Of Harold
00:04:24

Mike Mills, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist - William Thomas Berry, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 A&M Records

5
Burning Hell
00:03:48

Mike Mills, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist - Joe Boyd, Producer - William Thomas Berry, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 A&M Records

6
White Tornado
00:01:54

Mike Mills, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist - Mitch Easter, Producer - William Thomas Berry, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 A&M Records

7
Toys In The Attic
00:02:28

R.E.M., MainArtist - Don Gehman, Producer - Joseph Perry, ComposerLyricist - Steve Tyler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 A&M Records

8
Wind Out
00:01:59

Mike Mills, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist - Don Dixon, Producer - Mitch Easter, Producer - Ayers, ComposerLyricist - William Thomas Berry, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 A&M Records

9
Ages Of You
00:03:43

Bill Berry, ComposerLyricist - Mike Mills, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., MainArtist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist - J. Michael Stipe, Composer - Don Dixon, Producer - Mitch Easter, Producer - STEVE FJELSTAD, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1983 Capitol Records, LLC

10
Pale Blue Eyes
00:02:53

R.E.M., MainArtist - Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 A&M Records

11
Rotary Ten
00:01:59

Mike Mills, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist - Don Gehman, Producer - William Thomas Berry, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 A&M Records

12
Bandwagon
00:02:17

Mike Mills, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist - Joe Boyd, Producer - William Thomas Berry, ComposerLyricist - L. Stipe, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 A&M Records

13
Femme Fatale
00:02:48

R.E.M., MainArtist - Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 A&M Records

14
Walter's Theme
00:01:31

Mike Mills, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist - William Thomas Berry, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 A&M Records

15
King Of The Road
00:03:15

R.E.M., MainArtist - Roger Miller, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 A&M Records

Album Description

Arriving mere months before Document took the group into the Top Ten, the B-sides and rarities collection Dead Letter Office sums up all of the quirks and idiosyncrasies that made R.E.M. the leading underground guitar pop band of the '80s. While only a handful of songs on Dead Letter Office rank among the group's best, the record is extremely entertaining, even for casual fans, particularly because it captures the wild spirit of R.E.M. that was evident at their concerts, but not always on their records. Among the gems scattered throughout the collection are the cheerily ridiculous "Band Wagon," "Voice of Harold" (which features Michael Stipe singing the liner notes to a gospel album over the backing of "7 Chinese Brothers"), covers of the Velvet Underground, Pylon, and Aerosmith, the ringing pop of "Burning Down" (which is later reworked as "Ages of You"), and "Walter's Theme," a drunken attempt at a commercial for a local restaurant that segues into a clueless cover of "King of the Road." The material may be slight, but it's fun -- and R.E.M.'s albums aren't always fun. [The CD version of Dead Letter Office contains the group's debut EP, Chronic Town.]
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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