Michael Stipe's earthquake phobia came to the forefront on this 'Document' track, set to a martial beat.
R.E.M. named the 'Document' track "Lightnin' Hopkins" after the Texas bluesman, in spite of the song's lyrics having nothing to do with the late musician.
After going five years without releasing an album, Warren Zevon returned with R.E.M. as his band on 'Sentimental Hygiene,' released in August 1987.
In writing the cryptic 'Fireplace,' R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe was inspired by a 200-year-old speech by Mother Ann Lee, leader of the Shakers.
If 'Document' was the turning point for R.E.M., then “The One I Love” served as the hinge. The song was released as the album's lead single in August 1987,
The California rockers' expansive third album took the guise of a trip from Los Angeles to the desert, but drove QOTSA to new levels of popularity.
R.E.M. brought together a variety of experiences to create the second 'Document' single and one of the most famous songs in the band's catalog.
One of only two times R.E.M. has included a cover on one of their studio albums, "Strange" found the band updating the sludgy Wire song.
Michael Stipe was inspired by 'Animal Farm' to create an animalized revolution put down by the Reagan administration.
The second track on 'Document' was the third R.E.M. song about U.S. intervention in Central and South America. It was the band's most direct repudiation yet.