What If R.E.M. had a SiriusXM Channel?

Well folks, it’s hard to believe but it has now officially been a decade since the local boys R.E.M. “called it a day” and retired as a band. My mind is blown. It feels like forever and yet no time at all. But in the spirit of wanting to mark this occasion with SOMETHING, I asked a few pals to help me craft what an R.E.M. centric radio station schedule might look and sound like. Mind you, this is just the result of me listening to too much of the Springsteen, U2, and Petty stations but it’s still fun to think about…

R.E.M. Radio (aka rotation/the meat of the channel)- You’ve never heard R.E.M. quite like this. R.E.M. Radio, featuring songs of the band that put Athens, GA on the map. Have some new adventures with us through the music of Michael Stipe, Mike Mills, Bill Berry, and Peter Buck. Listen to unreleased live shows from the band’s early days, the large cover catalog, and conversations with friends and family they made along the way. This is not a show. This is R.E.M.

Something Strange is Going On Tonight – R.E.M. Covers Others

(programmed by Jeff Montgomery)

“Wall of Death” by Richard Thompson
“Superman” by The Clique
“Strange” by Wire
“(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult*
“Crazy” by Pylon
“First We Take Manhattan” by Leonard Cohen
“Pale Blue Eyes” by the Velvet Underground
“Indian Summer” by Beat Happening
“Dark Globe” by Syd Barrett
“World Leader Pretend”- Live Tourfilm version, which includes a cappella sections of “We Live As We Dream, Alone” by Gang of Four
“Dream (All I Have to Do)” by The Everly Brothers
“Wicked Game” by Chris Isaak
“Wichita Lineman” by Glen Campbell
“King of the Road” by Roger Miller
“Jackson / Dallas” by Johnny Cash / The Flatlanders
“Have You Ever Seen the Rain” by Creedence Clearwater Revival*
“The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by Soloman Linda’s Original Evening Birds
 “#9 Dream” by John Lennon
“Draggin’ the Line” by Tommy James
“Yellow River” by The Tremeloes
“Ghost Riders in the Sky” by Marty Robbins*
“Academy Fight Song” by Mission of Burma
“Funtime” by Iggy Pop
“Wild Thing” by The Troggs*
“See No Evil” by Television
“I Walked with a Zombie” by Roky Erickson
“Sponge” by Vic Chesnutt
“Where’s Captain Kirk?” by Spizzenergi
“Ghost Rider” by Suicide
“I Can’t Control Myself” by The Troggs*
“Toys in the Attic” by Aerosmith
“Paint It Black” by The Rolling Stones*
“Only in America” by Jay and the Americans
“Route 66” by Nat King Cole*
“Tighten Up” by Archie Bell and the Drells
“I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor
“Love is All Around” by the Troggs
“Summerime” by Billie Holiday
“Time After Time, Etc.” (Live version includes segments of “Red Rain” by Peter Gabriel)
 “Moon River” by Andy Williams

Radio Song – This week, David from Seattle has five songs he’d like to share with us. Next week, YOU pick the songs and tell us what they mean to you.

McCaughey’s Toy Box – Longtime R.E.M. sideman Scott McCaughey digs into his archives to share music both wonderful and weird.

All the Right Friends – A limited series where Michael Stipe chats with the artists he finds most interesting right now. Photography talk on the radio? Better believe it!

Live and How to Live It – The best of the live stuff

(Programmed by Chris Hartstonge and Darryl)

Vacation in Athens – All the bands from Athens, GA that we can fit in a playlist, live from the Classic City!

Mills’ Never-ending Playlist – What it says on the tin: Mike Mills hand selected a playlist and this one’s for you.

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