REM seven-inch singles collection set for release

'7IN – 83-88' will comprise 11 singles in a boxset and comes out on December 8

REM are set to release a boxset of seven-inch singles.

‘7IN – 83-88’ gathers together the band’s 11 single releases on the IRS Records label from 1983 to 1988, and will come out on December 8. The singles will come in a boxset with reproductions of the original sleeve artwork.

The ‘7IN – 83-88’ tracklisting is:

‘Radio Free Europe’/’There She Goes Again’
‘So Central Rain (I’m Sorry)’/’King Of The Road’
‘(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville’/’Catapult’ (Live)
‘Can’t Get There From Here’/’Bandwagon’
‘Driver 8’/’Crazy’
‘Wendell G’/’Crazy’ + ‘Ages of You’/’Burning Down’ [UK double-pack, previously unreleased in US]
‘Fall On Me’/’Rotary Ten’
‘Superman’/’White Tornado’
‘The One I Love’/’Maps and Legends’ (Live)
‘Its The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)’/’Last Date’
‘Finest Worksong’/’Time After Time’ (Live) [UK single, previously unreleased in US]

Yesterday, former R.E.M frontman Michael Stipe published a blog on the 20th anniversary of his coming out as ‘queer’. Writing for The Guardian, Stipe reflected on the past two decades, commenting: “These 20 years of publicly speaking my truth have made me a better and easier person to be around. It helped develop the clarity of my voice and establish who I would be as an adult. I am proud to be who I am, and I am happy to have shared that with the world.” Read the full post by clicking here.

REM split in 2011. Stipe – who inducted Nirvana into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame earlier this year – recently soundtracked a film called The Cold Lands, directed by his friend Tom Gilroy.

When REM split, Stipe said it was “unfathomable” that he would make a solo album. “It’s unfathomable to me right now. What would it sound like? Watered-down R.E.M?” he commented. Peter Buck also admitted he was sad that the band would never play together again, but insisted he couldn’t imagine them changing their minds over the decision to split.

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