Thursday, January 12, 2012
R.E.M. - It's the End of the World as We Know It b/w Last Date
I probably own more physical copies of R.E.M. albums than albums by any other band. It makes sense because they were the first band I took a real shining to and they have had an astonishingly long and effective career (it's odd to think we live in a world where R.E.M. is no longer a band. They'll probably have a reunion tour at some point, but the canonical R.E.M. career is over).
"It's the End of the World as We Know It" is a fantastic R.E.M. song. I'm sure you knew that and I'm sure you didn't need me to explain that to you. The b-side is a wistful Floyd Cramer cover. The a-side to this 45 will surely get a lot more play than the b-side, but that's to be expected. I love R.E.M. and this single is a perfect explanation of why.