R.E.M.: Radio Free Europe

Thursday, December 23, 2010

"Radio Free Europe" was R.E.M.'s first single. It represents a breakthrough moment, when indie rock was splitting away from punk music to become its own sound. Engineer Mitch Easter, radio manager Mike Henry, and R.E.M.’s Mike Mills look back.




Bonus Track: R.E.M. Live at Tyrone's O.C.
We have a real rarity to offer: a cassette recording one of R.E.M.’s first appearances, in 1981, at the club Tyrone's O.C. in Athens, Georgia. (Audio courtesy of Mike Henry, with permission from R.E.M.)

    Music Playlist
  1. Radio Free Europe
    Artist: R.E.M.
    Album: And I Feel Fine... The Best of the I.R.S. Years (1982-1987)
    Label: Capitol
    Purchase: Amazon
  2. Action
    Artist: R.E.M.
    Album: unreleased concert tape 4/10/80
    Label: Cool/Pylon/Gyrate Plus/DFA


Mitch Easter, Mike Henry and Mike Mills

Produced by:

Erik Beith, Ben Manilla and Devon Strolovitch

Comments [1]

Jeff Hayes from Charles City, VA

There is also a version of this on youtube from their television debut on David Letterman. Great sound and great band. Thanks for the story.

Dec. 27 2010 03:21 PM

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