SP 70054 Dead Letter Office
Previously released material
Released on April 27, 1987
US CHART POSITION #52 . . . UK CHART POSITION #60
Find it at GEMM
SP 70054 cover
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B -sides and pisstakes. Your life couldn’t possibly be so R.E.M.T. that you would patiently wait for these dusty missives to finally arrive. Only kidding, of course it is. So get your letter openers ready, you’ve got mail. Crazy. 30 seconds into this song, I’m thinking I should have spent my money on a Pylon album rather than buying Peter Buck another ivory back scratcher to beat stewardesses with. There She Goes Again. They play this one light and breezy, so it doesn’t make me want to kill myself like most of V.U.’s music. Burning Down. Thankfully disinterred after being prematurely buried on the B side to a rare double 7-inch release. Voice of Harold. Michael Stipe reads the liner notes from a Revelaires album like it’s holy scripture. Amen. Burning Hell. R.E.M. stars as pre-historic Pixies. White Tornado. A retro garage rock instrumental. If you like this, check out Full Time Men. Because I said so. Toys in the Attic. Wimpy, even by Aerosmith’s standards. Windout. The band hammers out a riff for two minutes and almost sounds like a punk band. From the movie Bachelor Party, which starred Tom Hanks, a goat and Adrian Zmed. Ages of You. Didn’t they already play this song? Oh wait, it must have been one of those other jangly guitar songs. Pale Blue Eyes. The man is right, this is real pretty. Rotary Ten. Spy jazz. Bandwagon. Light and likeable entry, similar to “We Walk.” Apparently, no animals were harmed in the making of this. Femme Fatale. Nico nailed it 20 years ago, so why re-open it? Walters Theme/King of the Road. Great instrumental, but King must die. Michael Stipe gets the lyrics wrong every time. Man, is that annoying. And there you have it. The CD includes the contents of Chronic Town and delivers the most Buck for your bang.

TRACK LISTING

  1. CRAZY    (Randy Bewley/Vanessa Briscoe/Curtis Crowe/Michael Lachowski)    3:00
  2. THERE SHE GOES AGAIN    (Lou Reed)    2:49
  3. BURNING DOWN    (William Berry/Peter Buck/Mike Mills/Michael Stipe)    4:10
  4. VOICE OF HAROLD    (William Berry/Peter Buck/Mike Mills/Michael Stipe)    4:21
  5. BURNING HELL    (William Berry/Peter Buck/Mike Mills/Michael Stipe)    3:48
  6. WHITE TORNADO    (William Berry/Peter Buck/Mike Mills/Michael Stipe)    1:59
  7. TOYS IN THE ATTIC    (Steve Tyler/Joe Perry)    2:26
  8. WINDOUT    (Jerry Ayers/William Berry/Peter Buck/Mike Mills/Michael Stipe)    1:57
  9. AGES OF YOU    (William Berry/Peter Buck/Mike Mills/Michael Stipe)    3:39
  10. PALE BLUE EYES    (Lou Reed)    2:49
  11. ROTARY TEN    (William Berry/Peter Buck/Mike Mills/Michael Stipe)    2:00
  12. BANDWAGON    (William Berry/Peter Buck/Mike Mills/Lynda Stipe/Michael Stipe)    2:12
  13. FEMME FATALE    (Lou Reed)    2:27
  14. WALTERS THEME    (William Berry/Peter Buck/Mike Mills/Michael Stipe)    1:35
  15. KING OF THE ROAD    (Roger Miller)    3:08

    Original CD bonus tracks
  16. WOLVES, LOWER
  17. 1,000,000
  18. GARDENING AT NIGHT
  19. STUMBLE
  20. CARNIVAL OF SORTS (BOX CARS)

    CD reissue bonus, bonus tracks
  21. GARDENING AT NIGHT (ACOUSTIC)
  22. ALL THE RIGHT FRIENDS (LIVE)

CREDITS

WILLIAM BERRY --
PETER BUCK --
MIKE MILLS --
MICHAEL STIPE --
Joe Boyd -- producer (1,5,12)
Don Dixon -- producer (3,8,9)
Mitch Easter -- producer (3,6,8,9)
Don Gehman -- producer (7,11)
Steve Fjelstad -- mixing (1,3,9)
R.A. Miller -- anthropological renderings
Ron Scarselli -- package excavation

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US April 27, 1987 I.R.S. LP/CDX SP/CD 70054 picture sleeve
UK April 27, 1987 I.R.S. CS CS 70054  
JPN 1987 CBS/Sony CDX CSCS-6084  
NET 1987 I.R.S. LP ILP-465382-1 picture sleeve
UK 1991 I.R.S. CDX CDMID-196  
GER/NET 1992 I.R.S. CDXX 713199-2 w. bonus tracks
JPN 1993 EMI CDX TOCP-7270 w. bonus tracks

 

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