R.E.M.’s classic hit, “Losing My Religion” features strongly in the new episode of Netflix’s new original series Song Exploder, which launches today, October 2.
Song Exploder is based on the acclaimed podcast of the same name re-imagined by Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville and featuring some of the world’s greatest musicians as they reveal how they brought one of their songs to life. The series weaves together in-depth interviews, archival footage, and raw recordings as each artist breaks down their song, layer by layer, sharing intimate insight into the personal inspiration behind the music and lyrics.
“Losing My Religion” will be prominently featured in Episode 3, Season 1, launching tonight, October 2, with R.E.M. opening up about the influences behind the life-changing track alongside hits from Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), Alicia Keys &, Ty Dolla $ign.
Michael Stipe explains the origins of Losing My Religion
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This monumental episode marks the first time in many years all 4 original members: Michael Stipe, Mike Mills, Peter Buck & Bill Berry, have together recorded interviews about the band. In addition, the band will be releasing their ‘Losing My Religion’ EP digitally to mark the occasion.
“‘Losing My Religion’ was kind of a mistake. The fact that it became what it became is still puzzling to all of us,” Michael Stipe shared in the official series trailer.
The song first appeared on R.E.M.’s Out Of Time album, which has sold more than 18 million copies worldwide. The track reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June of 1991. It remains the band’s highest-charting single and one of their four Top 10 hits.
Song Exploder is hosted and executive produced by Hrishikesh Hirway with filmmaker Morgan Neville, with the series taking a deep dive into the creative process with songwriters and artists, from a song’s first inception to its creation and lasting influence.
“As a teenager, I used to sit in my room and listen to music while poring over the lyrics and liner notes and artwork until I could almost feel myself living in the world of the artist,” Hirway says.
“It was the most incredible feeling, and with Song Exploder, I wanted to take that feeling and go even further.”
Since it first premiered in 2014, the Song Exploder podcast has reached over 60 million streams and downloads, becoming one of the most popular music podcasts.
“It’s been so exciting to turn it into a television show, because it’s provided a chance to immerse yourself in the music – and the ideas behind the music – in a deeper way than I ever imagined,” Hirway said of the show’s move to Netflix.