Yesterday, the esteemed Matthew Perpetua of Fluxblog gushed about his love for REM, stating that "Together, these men created one of the finest catalogs in all of pop music, including several songs that I am certain will remain part of the public conciousness for many decades to come," and posted a stirring live version of Life and How to Live It.
I'm with him. For me, during the Bill Berry years, each new R.E.M. release was like a feast of meat sent to relieve me of the dull manna that was 90% of everyday radio. Their entire I.R.S. catalog, plus Green, Out of Time, Automatic for the People, and select songs from each additional record from WB are required listening.
This song is not. It's a lot of fun, though. REM adds a lot of twang and ironic glee to their live version of Velvet Underground's very dark After Hours.
REM - After Hours (Live Velvet Underground Cover) (mp3)
And here are a few Velvet Underground versions for your very own After Hours EP.
After Hours (from Velvet Underground)
After Hours (alternate closet mix from Peel Slowly and See)
After Hours (live from the Family Dog in San Francisco)
Lou Reed once said that After Hours is a song too innocent for him to sing. He did, though, and you can hear it on Live at Max's Kansas City (Deluxe Edition).