But will it really cut the balls off their sound?

R.E.M‘s greatest hits are now available in light pseudo-classical versions, thanks to ‘The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays The Music Of REM’ which is released this week.

The RPH have already done similar albums of Oasis songs and have their finger on the pulse of popular culture much more so than the London Symphony Orchestra, whose forays into rock and roll have been the dreadful ‘Classic Rock’ albums involving covers of leaden 70s Queen and Pink Floyd hits.

The R.E.M songs given the RPH treatment are ‘The One I Love’ ‘Stand’ ‘Man On The Moon’ ‘Losing My Religion’ ‘Nightswimming’ ‘Everybody Hurts’ ‘Strange Currencies’ ‘Near Wild Heaven’ ‘Drive’ ‘The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight’ ‘What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?’