Here’s What’s NOT On That Upcoming “REMTV” DVD

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An admittedly stellar release, though…

By Uncle Blurt

It’s titled REMTV and it’s being hailed in some corners as the “holy grail” for aficionados of REM live footage as “seen” through the eyes of MTV and VH1. Well, that’s true if your R.E.M. experience essentially starts in the early ‘90s, nearly a decade after the group debuted. And to be fair, there are a couple of nods to the band’s eighties on the six-disc DVD collection, due Nov. 24, including the celebrated ’84 appearance on the MTV-spawned (and Peter Zaremba-hosted) I.R.S. Cutting Edge show, plus the two-song Livewire appearance from ’83.

One gaping omission, however: MTV’s Rock Influences, filmed June 9, 1984 at Passaic’s Capitol Theatre, featuring the band performing for about 75 minutes (less than an hour was broadcast) and featuring, at the end, guest Roger McGuinn on two songs (“So You Want To Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star” and “Gloria”) and John Sebastian on one (“Do You Believe In Magic”). Also notable was the first song of the set, a cover of the Velvets’ “Pale Blue Eyes.” Go HERE for a full discussion/dissection of the concert (you can unearth the entire thing on YouTube, and right HERE is s good starting point) and meanwhile, check out a video of “Gloria”:

At any rate, the full tracklisting of the upcoming official release is below.

According to the band’s manager, Bertis Downs, “It occurred to us that there’s all this footage of some of the band’s absolute career highlights sitting in some MTV vaults in London and New York– and thanks to a lot of effort and digging and arranging, this is our chance to share that music with various generations of R.E.M. fans in a pretty unique release. And Alexander Young’s documentary is a fine way to tell the story of R.E.M. through its various twists and turns, as captured in real time by MTV’s cameras– it has some great funny bits too!”

Added Viacom’s Bill Flanagan (Viacom is MTV’s parent organization), “This is the first DVD project to unite material from all across Viacom’s networks. Not only are we drawing from the vaults of MTV – domestic and international – but from VH1, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon. I don’t think anyone realized just how much terrific R.E.M. footage we were sitting on. To gather the best of it in one collection is pretty overwhelming. R.E.M. started great, stayed great and ended great – here’s the evidence.”

Fair enough, gents—so as long as everyone is busy digging around in the archives, how about coming up with some real rarities? Maybe some of the material that the fan community already knows is stored away safely in the archives, like the Oct. 10, 1982     concert at Raleigh, NC, club The Pier (a professionally shot video that has since been posted to YouTube in bite-sized segments by an enterprising individual), or perhaps the Sept. 25 & 26, 1984 shows at Duke University’s Page Auditorium that were professionally recorded by Reflection Studios (portions of which were bootlegged back in the day, but at a slightly incorrect speed)? Just sayin’…

Disc 1

UNPLUGGED 1991
(04/10/91)

Half A World Away
Disturbance at the Heron House
Radio Song
Low
Perfect Circle
Fall on Me
Belong
Love is All Around
Its The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
Losing My Religion
Pop Song 89
Endgame

OUTTAKES 1991

Fretless
Swan Swan H
Rotary Eleven
Get Up
World Leader Pretend

UNPLUGGED 2001
(05/21/01)

All The Way To Reno (You’re Gonna Be A Star) *
Electrolite
At My Most Beautiful *
Daysleeper *
So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)
Losing My Religion
Country Feedback
Cuyahoga
Imitation of Life *
Find the River

OUTTAKES 2001

The One I Love
Disappear *
Beat a Drum *
I’ve Been High *
I’ll Take the Rain *
Sad Professor *
The Great Beyond *

Disc 2

VH1 STORYTELLERS
(10/23/98)

Electrolite
Daysleeper *
Losing My Religion
Perfect Circle
Sad Professor *
Fall On Me
I’m Not Over You *
The Apologist *
Man On The Moon

STORYTELLERS – OUTTAKES

New Test Leper
Parakeet *
(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville
Suspicion *
Walk Unafraid *
At My Most Beautiful *

THE CUTTING EDGE
(06/14/84)

(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville
Driver 8
Wendell Gee
Smokin’ In The Boys Room
Time After Time (Annelise)
Driver 8

LIVEWIRE
(10/30/83)

So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)
Carnival of Sorts (Box Cars)

MTV 10th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
(11/10/91)
Featuring members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Losing My Religion

VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS 1993
(09/02/93)
Including Brian Harris and Duane Saetveit

Everybody Hurts
Drive

VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS 1995
(09/07/95)

The Wake-Up Bomb

EUROPEAN MUSIC AWARDS 1998
(11/12/98)

Daysleeper *

EUROPEAN MUSIC AWARDS 2001
(11/08/01)

Imitation Of Life *

ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION 2007
(03/12/07)

Begin The Begin
Gardening At Night
Man On The Moon

THE COLBERT REPORT
04/02/08)

Supernatural Superserious *

Disc 3

R.E.M. IN DALLAS
(09/19/95)

I Took Your Name
What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?
Crush With Eyeliner

R.E.M. UPLINK AT BOWERY BALLROOM
(10/28/98)

Losing My Religion
Lotus *
Daysleeper *
E-Bow The Letter
The Apologist *
So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)
Walk Unafraid *
Man On The Moon
Radio Free Europe

LIVE IN COLOGNE
(05/12/01)

All The Way To Reno (You’re Gonna Be A Star) *
The Lifting *
Imitation Of Life *
The One I Love
She Just Wants To Be *
Walk Unafraid *
Losing My Religion
Man On The Moon
Its The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

LIVE IN COLOGNE OUTTAKES

What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?
Cuyahoga
Electrolite
I’ve Been High *
Find The River
I’ll Take The Rain *
At My Most Beautiful *
So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)

Disc 4

R.E.M. AT THE TABERNACLE, LONDON
(03/02/99)

Losing My Religion
Daysleeper *
Walk Unafraid *
Man On The Moon
What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?
Its The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

MTV SONIC MILAN
(05/02/01)

Losing My Religion
The Great Beyond *
What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?
Daysleeper *
All The Way To Reno (You’re Gonna Be A Star) *
The Lifting *
I’ll Take The Rain *
I’ve Been High *
Man On The Moon
She Just Wants To Be *
Imitation Of Life *

ROCK AM RING
(06/03/05)

What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?
Leaving New York *
Imitation Of Life *
Electron Blue *
Man On The Moon

ROCK AM RING OUTTAKES

I Took Your Name
Bad Day
Drive
The Outsiders *
Leave
Me In Honey
Wanderlust *
Everybody Hurts
Electrolite
Orange Crush
The One I Love
Walk Unafraid *
Losing My Religion
Imitation Of Life *
The Great Beyond *
Animal *
I’m Gonna DJ *

Disc 5

LIVE AT ROLLING STONE, MILAN
(03/18/08)

Living Well Is The Best Revenge *
Drive
Accelerate *
Hollow Man *
Electrolite
Houston *
Supernatural Superserious *
Bad Day
Losing My Religion
I’m Gonna DJ *
Horse To Water *
Imitation Of Life *
Until The Day Is Done *
Man On The Moon

LIVE AT OXEGEN FESTIVAL
(07/12/08)

What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?
Drive
Its The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
Man-Sized Wreath *
I’m Gonna DJ *
Supernatural Superserious *
Man On The Moon

R.E.M. IN ATHENS, GREECE
(10/05/08)

Living Well Is The Best Revenge *
What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?
Drive
Man-Sized Wreath *
Bad Day
Electrolite
(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville
The Great Beyond *
The One I Love
Losing My Religion
Let Me In
Orange Crush
Imitation Of Life *
Supernatural Superserious *
Man On The Moon

Disc 6

R.E.M. BY MTV

DELETED SCENES

Peter
Politics
Golf
The Hornblower Affair
The Year 2000

 

 

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