Published on July 7th, 2017 | by Alan Cross0
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.