Friday, June 21, 2024

Rockers REM Release 2004 Song Records in Nassau, The Bahamas to Raise Money for Hurricane Dorian Survivors


It’s no secret I love REM and miss them much!

Now the group is releasing a track they left off their 2004 album, “Reveal,” to raise money for Hurricane Dorian survivors.

“Fascinating” is a lilting ballad, lushly orchestrated, and recorded during the two months REM spent in the Bahamas at Nassau’s Compass Point studios.

The Bahamas have many famous connections to rock and roll, by the way. The Beatles filmed scenes from “Help!” there in 1966 at what used to be called the Balmoral Hotel and Island. We went on a family vacation there in the early 70s just to hang out on Beatles Island! It was very beautiful. (Now, of course, it’s called Sandals. Urrghh!)

From the PR:

“Fascinating” first appeared on the original master of 2001’s Reveal before being cut last minute, and, in fact, was singer Michael Stipe’s favorite song from the Reveal sessions (according to guitarist Peter Buck’s recollection, as chronicled in David Buckley’s R.E.M. biography, Fiction). The song was produced by Pat McCarthy and engineered by Jamie Candiloro. “It’s really beautiful,” bassist/keyboardist Mike Mills told Buckley. “It has a flute, oboe arrangement, but it made the record too long… and something had to go.” R.E.M. rerecorded the track in Nassau for 2004’s Around the Sun, but the lush ballad ultimately didn’t jibe with that spare, atmospheric album. Now this poignant outtake finally finds its fitting moment, as a means to aid the country where R.E.M. enjoyed over two months of creative retreat. “I have been fortunate to spend many weeks working and playing in the Bahamas, making friends and lots of music there,” reflects Mills. “It breaks my heart to see the damage wrought by Hurricane Dorian. Please help us and Mercy Corps do what we can to alleviate the suffering caused by this catastrophe.”

They’re asking for $2– two dollars! Give them 10 or 20, please. At least!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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