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Show #200: REM in Oakland 1987

December 18th, 2009

For no particular reason I’ve chosen to post some REM this week. I suppose it’s because I’ve gotten my hands on a couple of their shows recently and have been listening to them with some frequency.

rem87 Show #200: REM in Oakland 1987

Here we have REM in the home stretch of the tour in support of Document and well on their way to becoming superstars recording for a major label. Lifes Rich Pageant had gone gold while Document was a couple months away from going double platinum. “The One I Love” and “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” were being played too often for my taste. I like these songs but, like all Top 40 hits, they were on the radio over and over and over and over and I got really sick of them. Indeed, I don’t recall really becoming an REM fan of any note for another 3 years when I was in college.

The person who posted this show noted:

Beginning, I believe, with this show Stipe incorporates a variation on the Shaker movement song, Simple Gifts, “tis a joy to be simple etc.” into the setlist at various points (sung three times and spoken once), I suppose this is intended as a reflection on the “Work” theme of the tour. The “Simple Gifts” motif remains part of the set right through to the close of the tour.

Also of note is an early take on “Orange Crush” which wouldn’t be recorded until the following year for Green. “Pop Song 89″ was also played that night but as part of a massive set of encores. They’re not included here but, if anyone is dying to hear them, I’ll put them up later. Just give me the word.

This recording is from 13 November 1987 at the Alameda County Coliseum Arena in Oakland, California. It’s a perfectly fine audience recording. The cut in the middle of “King of Birds” is present on the master.


Finest Worksong
These Days
Welcome To The Occupation
Disturbance At The Heron House
Exhuming McCarthy
Orange Crush
Feeling Gravitys Pull
King Of Birds
Tired Of Singing Trouble-Simple Gifts
I Believe
Sitting Still
Simple Gifts
Driver 8
Pretty Persuasion
Oddfellows Local 151
It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
Begin The Begin

Encore 1:
The Flowers Of Guatemala
Wolves, Lower
See No Evil

Encore 2:
Just A Touch
Dark Globe

Encore 3:
The One I Love
Pop Song 89
Simple Gifts

UPDATE: When I posted this back in 2009 I did not post the extensive encores for reasons I cannot recall. At the request of a listener, they are now available. Also, the main set has been re-posted in a higher bitrate.

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When I originally posted this show I could find no live REM from ‘87. Things have changed in the intervening years. This isn’t the best video ever but it’ll do.

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3 Responses to “Show #200: REM in Oakland 1987”

  1. snic says:

    Thanks for posting this! I was there, what an experience. This brings back incredible memories.

  2. SSS says:

    Thanks for this. Makes me feel young again!

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