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Lawyer Jeff knows the lowdown on this '80s hit



Mike Mills, bassist of REM, recently made news when he broke news of David Letterman's retirement announcement via Twitter while helping out Paul Shaffer and the Late Night Band. As REM hasn't been featured on Lost and Found before, maybe now is a good time to remember how REM got from there to here.

By 1985, REM were the college campus and critic's darlings and in the summer they released their third album Fables of the Reconstruction that featured Can't Get There From Here, which made it as far as No. 110 on the pop singles chart.  The video shows the boys from Athens hopping around haystacks, visiting a drive-in movie and going against their public persona by getting a little silly.

The video includes subtitles of a portion of Michael Stipe's mumbling lyrics. I assume the plan was to subtitle all of the lyrics before the editor became too exhausted trying to decipher the lyrics. While Lawyer Jeff knows the lowdown, only the most trained ear could possibly pinpoint Stipe's exact lyrics during REM's early years. Like David Letterman, REM had a very public retirement in 2011.

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 9:26am]


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