R.E.M. released "Fall on Me," the lead single from 'Lifes Rich Pageant,' on July 14, 1986.
A veritable alternative all-star team performed songs from Big Star's landmark 1978 album, 'Third,' at a tribute concert in California.
Long before they lost their religion, R.E.M. emerged from the indie underground with a haunting sound that blends folk, post-punk and garage rock into something ethereal.
Tasked with following up their landmark debut, R.E.M. went looser and a little towards the heartland with their hugely influential 1984 effort, 'Reckoning.'
Big Star's Jody Stephens has planned another tribute concert to the power-pop outfit's 'Third/Sister Lovers,' and Jeff Tweedy, Mike Mills and more will make appearances.
Devine's R.E.M. cover will appear as the B-side on his forthcoming split single with Brand New's Jesse Lacey.
"We got together, and Michael said, ‘I think you guys will understand. I need to be away from this for a long time,’" Buck recalled. "And I said, ‘How about forever?’"
Just as alternative music started to rise from the indie underground into the mainstream, R.E.M. rode the wave to rock radio ubiquity.
The cover will appear on the latest and final installment of Kevin Devine's 7" series.
Death Cab for Cutie closed out Peter Buck's 2016 Todos Santos Music Festival in Mexico with an all-star cover of the R.E.M. classic.