R.E.M. – Stand (composed by Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe and produced by Scott Litt and R.E.M.)
This is my favorite R.E.M. single that we have in our collection. Personally, it’s not my favorite song by the group as it’s “Nightswimming” but this track really launched Michael Stipe’s lyrical style, which would later pay off for the band majorly.
Although their musical styling oscillated between many genres from D.I.Y. post-punk garage rock to pop folk and experimental free jazz, Stipe’s process of writing his lyrics in a stream of consciousness is really perfected in “Stand”, from the album ‘Green’ in 1988. This inspired many other bands like Cage the Elephant and musicians to try writing this way, including Stipe’s friend, Thom Yorke of Radiohead.
I also love towards the end of this tune when the chorus is sung in rounds, which really amplifies the listening experience. Plus, “Stand” doesn’t have too many difficult words so singing along with the entire melody is very possible. I love when a “classic rock”, or whatever, station has a block party weekend, because when R.E.M. comes on you always crave another one, remembering how amazing this band is. No wonder they made it into the Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame!
– Mr. Richard
Check out the original post HERE (from earlier today).