A collection of songs that have been covered by R.E.M.

Just for fun...
R.E.M have knocked out some great cover versions over the years, both live and on record. Here are the original versions of ten songs the boys from Athens have covered.

Aerosmith- Toys in the Attic (1975)
Suicide- Ghost Rider (1977)
The Velvet Underground and Nico- Femme Fatale (1967)
The Velvet Underground- Pale Blue Eyes (1969)
Syd Barrett- Dark Globe (1970)
U2-One* (1991)
Wire- Strange (1977)
The Troggs- Love is All Around (1967)
Pylon- Crazy (1981)
The Clique- I am Superman (1969)

* I know! U2 comes to Burning Aquarium- I never thought I’d see the day.


  1. They also often played Mission of Burma's Academy Fight song in concert

  2. Thanks for taking the time to comment.
    REM covered a great many numbers by a great many diverse artistes- these are just a random selection. take a look here: http://www.coversproject.com/artist/rem/

  3. U2 comes to BurningAquarium? Who woulda believed it?

    Well, me, for starters, and in the Dave Sez tradition of dishing up top-quality early demos, here are U2's first studio demos. Their fate was much the same as the Stranglers for me - the typical new wave/punk can-we-make-it-past-the-third-album syndrome. In me humble opinion, the answer for both was, well, no, The Raven excepted. But the original sauce was very tasty, so thanks to Walker's hospitality, here you'll find these, bizarrely uploaded in reverse chronological order:

    U2 - Contract Demos 1979 (57:03)

    1. 11 O'clock Tick Tock
    2. Touch
    April 5 and 6, 1980. Dublin, Ireland. Windmill Lane Studio.

    3. Another Day
    4. The Dream Is Over
    December 1979. London, England. CBS Studios.

    5. Out Of Control
    6. Boy-girl
    7. Stories For Boys
    8. A Day Without You
    Mid-1979. Dublin, Ireland. Windmill Lane Studio.

    9. No Mans Land
    10. Twilight
    11. Another Time, Another Place
    12. City At Night
    February 1979. Dublin, Ireland. Eamon Andrews 4-Track Studio.

    13. Street Mission
    14. Shadows And Tall Trees
    15. The Fool
    November 1, 1978. Dublin, Ireland. Keystone Studios.

    Available from:

    Thanks to noisejunkie and to our gracious host, cheers, Dave Sez.

  4. Sorry Dave- I think these may have to go soon! There's a limit to hospitality! (Only kidding mate, but U2, come on...)


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