Listen to R.E.M.’s previously unreleased ‘Losing My Religion’ demo

It features slightly different lyrics to the version that became a huge hit in 1991

R.E.M have shared a previously unreleased demo of ‘Losing My Religion’ ahead of their ‘Out Of Time’ 25th anniversary reissue.

Titled ‘Losing My Religion 2’, it features slightly different lyrics to the version of the song that became one of the band’s biggest hits in 1991. Listen below.

‘Out Of Time (25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)’ will be released on November 18. The expansive four-disc reissue features an additional live recording of a 1991 show at Mountain Stage and a Blu-Ray disc that contains hi-resolution audio and 5.1 Surround Sound versions of ‘Out Of Time’, all the album’s music videos, and the 1991 electronic press kit ‘Time Piece’, which includes a collection of studio and performance footage.

‘Out Of Time’ – which yielded another huge hit single, ‘Shiny Happy People’ – was released in 1991 and saw the band become globally renowned. It was followed a year after by ‘Automatic For The People’, which, like ‘Out Of Time’ hit Number One on the UK Albums Chart.

R.E.M also reissued three of their classic albums to vinyl in July:1986’s ‘Lifes Rich Pageant’, 1987’s ‘Dead Letter Office’ and 1988’s ‘Eponymous’.

‘Lifes Rich Pageant’ was the first R.E.M. album to be certified gold in the US and was previously treated to a 25th anniversary reissue back in 2011. The band officially broke up in 2011 after 31 years together.