Win a Copy of the 25th Anniversary Edition of R.E.M.’s ‘Document’
It's hard to imagine, but there once was a time -- a dark period known as the mid-1980s -- when the world wasn't quite ready for R.E.M. Despite their brilliant run of early releases -- four albums that mark one of the most impressive starts in rock history -- the band spent the bulk of the decade on the margins, playing for the benefit of critics and in-the-know college kids. It wasn't until 1987's 'Document' that things began to change. The album spawned the hit 'The One I Love' -- the group's first entry in the Billboard 100 -- and crept into the Top 10, setting the stage for R.E.M.'s eventual superstardom. Capitol/I.R.S. recently released a 25th Anniversary Edition of 'Document' -- a two-CD set that includes expanded liner notes, a poster, four collectible postcards and a concert recorded in Holland in 1987 -- and Diffuser.fm is giving away a copy. Enter to win below.
In addition to 'The One I Love,' R.E.M.'s game-changing fifth album features such classics as 'Finest Worksong,' 'Welcome to the Occupation' and 'It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine).' As smart and catchy as these songs are, the group never thought they'd cross over into the mainstream. As bassist Mike Mills recalls in rock journalist David Daley's liner notes, "We always felt that if we had a hit, it would be despite us, not because of us." Either way, 'The One I Love' wound up on the pop charts, where it temporarily occupied a strange space between Whitney Houston's 'So Emotional' and Jody Watley's 'Don't You Want Me.'
In some ways, R.E.M.'s 'Document' was the beginning of the indie-rock world as we know it, and if you're the lucky winner of the 25th Anniversary Edition, you'll feel fine. Check out the complete list of rules below.