Twenty-four hours ahead of the official, 8 December release of a new Automatic For The People mini-documentary about the making of rock icons R.E.M.’s landmark eighth album, uDiscover Music are proud to present an exclusive advance premiere of Part 5 of the film.
In the extract, band members Michael Stipe, Mike Mills and Peter Buck discuss the recording of ‘Man On The Moon’, one of Automatic For The People’s key tracks and one of the most enduring songs in their canon.
The final track to be completed for the record, ‘Man On The Moon’ had been written after guitarist Peter Buck moved to Seattle. R.E.M. decamped to the same city for the final Automatic For The People studio sessions and, as Michael Stipe explains in the documentary, the recording went right down to the wire.
“The record was done, the track was done, everything was finished, but there was no lyric. It was an insanely vulnerable place to be,” he says. “I put on a Walkman and I walked in circles, clockwise, around downtown Seattle until I had a lyric. That was how it happened. We went in, I sang it, we mixed it the next day and it went to the record company. That was it. It turned out to be one of my favourite songs.”
Commissioned to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the highly-acclaimed Automatic For The People album, the new Automatic For The People mini-documentary features brand new interviews in which Michael Stipe, Mike Mills and Peter Buck, as well as contributors including producer Scott Litt and string arranger/Led Zeppelin legend John Paul Jones reveal the full story behind the creation of this timeless album.
The full 25-minute minute film will be released this Friday, 8 December, at 6pm Greenwich Mean Time/1pm Eastern Time and 10am Pacific Time, and will be viewable here.