Saw them live in 1987 (fantastic show) and 1989 (good but not great). They opened the show in 1987 with this one, which is probably my favorite R.E.M. song overall: then when they played this one about halfway through, everyone stood up and didn’t sit down again for the rest of the show (one of the best covers ever): In 1989, they played a cover of the Velvet Underground song After Hours, which was probably the highlight of the show. And speaking of the VU, this song is just about the only post-Green song in their catalog I like, and I love this one; sounds like it could have come straight off Velvet Underground & Nico:
I loved REM in high school and after, up through Green. Murmur, Chronic Town, Fables, Dead Letter Office all saw heavy rotation on my stereo. Saw them at the Forum, I think, on the Green tour with my girlfriend. It was great. They were active on stage, engaging, and everybody sang along with End of the World lyrics on a big screen. I got laid so hard after that show.
I was in a band in the 80's that SO wanted to be REM. I wasn't a huge fan at that time, I only knew the few songs I'd heard on the radio. But I was just happy to be in an original band that had good material. I think Pageant came out at that time and that was it, I was all in. The Queen is Dead also hit around then and I became a full on Indy rocker. What a time to be in a band!!