The Rare, Rare REM Movie

One of the most rare and most collectible things an REM fan can ever hope to have is a 45 minute film called Just Like a Movie.

It’s a pretty primitive thing, shot on Super 8 film in the fall of 1983. It features all the members of REM plus people like Michael Stipe’s sister, Lynda.

There’s really not much of a plot. It’s basically just a bunch of people cavorting around Athens, Georgia—but it does feature Michael singing the Sonny and Cher song, “I Got You Babe.”

Just Like a Movie has rarely been shown in public (just once, from what I can tell) which makes it sort of a Holy Grail among those who source out REM artifacts. I can’t even seem to find it on YouTube.

Alan Cross

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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