IRS was, nevertheless, determined to make sure there was some new product to coincide with the tour and on 4 November, in the same week Album) the band was set to play two sell-out shows in New York, they released a second single from LRP in the shape of Superman.
IRS, however, was quite perverse in going with Superman as it was the cover version that had been tagged onto the end of the album to prevent any fans feeling they were being short-changed.
It was also a track on which Mike Mills and not Michael Stipe sang lead vocals……. Superman dates fromreleased as a b-side by The Clique, a pop band hailing from Houston, Texas. Its introduction to Album) R. In the case of the rhythm section, Mike Mills and Bill Berry hooked up with three friends to form The Corn Cob Websa covers band whose aim was to play in small venues around their home town of Athens.
In the end, there was just the one show, but among the tunes they rolled out was Superman, with Mike taking lead vocal duties as he was the only one who knew the words.
Fast forward a few months and everyone is in the studio recording songs for the new album and possible b-sides. A run-through of Superman confirms that it would make for a decent enough b-side in the near or far future.
It was also decided to give it a quirky introduction by recording a Japanese toy Godzilla…. The single flopped on release in the USA. Unsurprisingly, it did the same in the UK come March It sees the band, for the third time, offer a take on a Velvet Underground song. The recording dated back to from the same semi-drunken sessions as Pale Blue Eyes which had, if you recall, been used a b-side to So.
Central Rain. White Tornado is a throwaway surf-style instrumental that dated back to the very beginning of the band, written at the same time as songs such as Radio Free Europe. The version offered up on Superman was from a session recorded in April The relationship with IRS was souring and work was about to get underway on the songs for the fifth studio album, after which the band would be free Album) go elsewhere.
Thanks for the background information JC — it almost makes the release comprehensible. Your appraisal of the two sides of the LP also raises the issue of CD versus vinyl releases. I bought Lifes Rich Pageant on vinyl — it was to be three years before I bought my frst CD — and can see that I would have certainly played side one more than side two, Crying Time - Nancy Sinatra - How Does That Grab You? (Vinyl. Looking forward to the rest of the series from you and The Robster.
Yes, LP theme continues. DAM: Believe me, there are still plenty of clunkers to come. I think this is a great song and a great single. I would describe it as beautiful. Rightly so. REM was always more than the sum of its parts. Mills is an okay bassist and a crap singer. Berry is at best a passable drummer.
But they had great band chemistry and transcended their musical limitations with solid songs and unique performances by Buck and Stipe. The choice of Superman, with Mills bleating out the lyrics through his nose, exemplifies why.
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