Music History

Published on July 7th, 2017 | by Alan Cross


Is This the Earliest-Known Footage of REM?

REM first got together to play a party at a deconsecrated church in Athens, Georgia, on April 5, 1980. It was supposed to be a one-off, but the guys had so much fun that they ended up sticking together and–well, that turned into a multi-decade career.

Slicing Up Eyeballs points to this video shot on October 10, 1982, which could very well be the first pro-shoot footage of an REM performance. That would place this gig about six months before the release of the Murmur album.


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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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