Wednesday, June 19, 2024

REM’s Michael Stipe Releases First Ever Solo Single, “Your Capricious Soul,” With All Royalties to Charity


Michael Stipe has waited too long a time to release a solo single. Now, finally, here’s “Your Capricious Soul” from the REM bandleader.

You can download it for free at or pay 77 cents as a charitable donation to Extinction Rebellion. Then you get the download, along with master-quality audio version of the song, the video, Stipe’s lyric document, a print-ready poster, stencil and an animated flip-book portrait.

The video is made by Sam Taylor-Johnson, director of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Nowhere Boy,” and the forthcoming “A Million Little Pieces” movie based on the book by professional liar James Frey.

As for Stipe, is this the first taste of an album? Please, please, please let’s hope so. I’m posting all this instead of the new horrendous piece of shite by people called Dan and Shay, and Justin Bieber.

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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