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Michael Stipe wants to return to music, produced new Fischerspooner LP, promoting R.E.M.’s ‘Out of Time’ reissue

Michael Stipe @ Carnegie Hall Bowie tribute (more by PHOTO)

It’s been five years since R.E.M. gracefully called it a day, and frontman Michael Stipe has since busied himself in fine arts. You can check out some of his visual art in NYC at 39 Great Jones where it will be on display in now through December.

Stipe has also been sticking a toe back into performing live, having made appearances with Patti Smith, and the Bowie tributes in NYC earlier this year. He’s also produced the new album by arty electronic duo Fischerspooner, titled SIR, which will be their first since 2009. Stay tuned for details on that.

He has also been saying that he’s ready to get back into music, telling the NY Times, “I’m not ready to go completely into pop stardom again, as a 56-year-old, but I want to work in music again.” He told similar things to Alec Baldwin on a recent edition of the actor’s Here’s the Thing podcast, where he also discussed Alec’s Donald Trump impersonation, how he was almost cast in David Fincher’s SE7EN, and other subjects. You can listen to that episode of Here’s the Thing here.

Stipe is out talking to people to promote the upcoming 25th anniversary edition of R.E.M.’s Out Of Time which, with “Losing My Religion,” launched the band into superstardom. The reissue is out this week (November 18) via Concord Bicycle, in a variety of formats: a 2-CD / 3-LP anniversary edition with the remastered album plus nearly 20 demos; and a 4-CD version that also includes their performance at NPR’s Mountain Stage (the only concert they did for Out of Time) and a Blu-Ray disc of the LP’s music videos and a surround sound mix of the LP. Listen to demos of “Losing My Religion” and “Shiny Happy People” from the reissue, and check out the full tracklists of the different versions, below.

‘OUT OF TIME’ – 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION (2 CD SET):

DISC 1
‘OUT OF TIME’
1. Radio Song
2. Losing My Religion
3. Low
4. Near Wild Heaven
5. Endgame
6. Shiny Happy People
7. Belong
8. Half A World Away
9. Texarkana
10. Country Feedback
11. Me In Honey

DISC 2
‘OUT OF TIME’ DEMOS
1. Losing My Religion 1 (demo)
2. Near Wild Heaven 1 (demo)
3. Shiny Happy People 1 (demo)
4. Texarkana 1 (demo)
5. Untitled Demo 2
6. Radio – Acoustic (Radio Song 1 demo)
7. Near Wild Heaven 2 (demo)
8. Shiny Happy People 2 (demo)
9. Slow Sad Rocker (Endgame demo)
10. Radio – Band (Radio Song 3 demo)
11. Losing My Religion 2 (demo)
12. Belong (demo)
13. Blackbirds (Half A World Away demo)
14. Texarkana (demo)
15. Country Feedback (demo)
16. Me On Keyboard (Me In Honey demo)
17. Low (demo)
18. 40 Sec. (40 Second Song demo)
19. Fretless 1 (demo)

‘OUT OF TIME’ – 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION (3 LP SET):

DISC 1
‘OUT OF TIME’

Time Side
Radio Song
Losing My Religion
Low
Near Wild Heaven
Endgame

Memory Side
Shiny Happy People
Belong
Half A World Away
Texarkana
Country Feedback
Me In Honey

DISC 2
‘OUT OF TIME’ DEMOS

Side 1
Losing My Religion 1 (demo)
Near Wild Heaven 1 (demo)
Shiny Happy People 1 (demo)
Texarkana 1 (demo)
Untitled Demo 2

Side 2
Radio – Acoustic (Radio Song 1 demo)
Near Wild Heaven 2 (demo)
Shiny Happy People 2 (demo)
Slow Sad Rocker (Endgame demo)

DISC 3
‘OUT OF TIME’ DEMOS

Side 1
Radio – Band (Radio Song 3 demo)
Losing My Religion 2 (demo)
Belong (demo)
Blackbirds (Half A World Away demo)
Texarkana (demo)

Side 2
Country Feedback (demo)
Me On Keyboard (Me In Honey demo)
Low (demo)
40 Sec. (40 Second Song demo)
Fretless 1 (demo)

‘OUT OF TIME’ – 25th ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION (4 DISC SET):

DISC 1
‘OUT OF TIME’
1. Radio Song
2. Losing My Religion
3. Low
4. Near Wild Heaven
5. Endgame
6. Shiny Happy People
7. Belong
8. Half A World Away
9. Texarkana
10. Country Feedback
11. Me In Honey

DISC 2
‘OUT OF TIME’ DEMOS
1. Losing My Religion 1 (demo)
2. Near Wild Heaven 1 (demo)
3. Shiny Happy People 1 (demo)
4. Texarkana 1 (demo)
5. Untitled Demo 2
6. Radio – Acoustic (Radio Song 1 demo)
7. Near Wild Heaven 2 (demo)
8. Shiny Happy People 2 (demo)
9. Slow Sad Rocker (Endgame demo)
10. Radio – Band (Radio Song 3 demo)
11. Losing My Religion 2 (demo)
12. Belong (demo)
13. Blackbirds (Half A World Away demo)
14. Texarkana (demo)
15. Country Feedback (demo)
16. Me On Keyboard (Me In Honey demo)
17. Low (demo)
18. 40 Sec. (40 Second Song demo)
19. Fretless 1 (demo)

DISC 3
LIVE AT MOUNTAIN STAGE
1. Introduction
2. World Leader Pretend
3. Radio Song
4. Fall On Me
5. It’s the End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
6. Half A World Away
7. Belong
8. Love Is All Around
9. Losing My Religion
10. Dallas
11. Radio Song
12. Disturbance At The Heron House
13. Low
14. Sawn Swan H
15. Pop Song 89

DISC 4
OUT OF TIME – BLU-RAY
Out Of Time – Hi-Resolution Audio
Out Of Time – 5.1 Surround Sound
Radio Song (music video)
Losing My Religion (music video)
Low (music video)
Near Wild Heaven (music video)
Shiny Happy People (music video)
Belong (music video)
Half A World Away (music video)
Country Feedback (music video)
Time Piece

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