Daysleeper

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For the Icelandic pop band, see Daysleeper (band).
"Daysleeper"
Single by R.E.M.
from the album Up
B-side "Emphysema"
Released October 12, 1998
Format CD, cassette, 7-inch
Recorded 1998
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:37
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe
Producer(s) Pat McCarthy, R.E.M.
R.E.M. singles chronology
"How the West Was Won and Where It Got Us"
(1997)
"Daysleeper"
(1998)
"Lotus"
(1998)

"Daysleeper" is a song by American alternative rock band R.E.M. It was released as the first single from their eleventh studio album Up on October 12, 1998. Sung from the point of view of a night shift worker corresponding with colleagues, "Daysleeper" focuses on the disorientation of time and circadian rhythm in such a lifestyle, leading to despair and loss of identity. Lead singer Michael Stipe developed the song's concept after noticing a sign reading "daysleeper" on a New York City apartment door.

Background[edit]

During R.E.M.'s performance for VH1 Storytellers, Stipe explained the background to the song:

The song "The Lifting" from R.E.M.'s 2001 album Reveal is a prequel to "Daysleeper" and features the same character.[1]

Music video[edit]

The video, shot at Broadway Studios in the Astoria district of New York City in September 1998,[2] was filmed in stop-frame photography to get what Stipe called a "really druggy, really great look."[2] It features Stipe as the office worker who goes to work at night. All three band members then wear pajamas and bed socks, while failing to get to sleep during the day. The video was directed by the Icelandic Snorri brothers. "I think it's about the sort of alien nature of a night shift," explained Mike Mills. "The weird lighting, the fluorescent lights that you find and the isolation of working the graveyard shift—how it screws up your sleep patterns and that sort of thing, and I think that's the main image we're trying to get across."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe

CD
  1. "Daysleeper" (single edit) – 3:31
  2. "Emphysema" – 4:21
  3. "Why Not Smile" (Oxford American version) – 2:59
7" & Cassette
  1. "Daysleeper" (single edit) – 3:31
  2. "Emphysema" – 4:21
Japanese 3" CD
  1. "Daysleeper" (single edit) – 3:31
  2. "Sad Professor" (Live in the studio, Toast, San Francisco, CA) – 3:58

Charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 57
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 17
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[5] 9
Canada (RPM)[6] 5
Germany (Media Control AG)[7] 57
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 15
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[9] 64
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[10] 18
Norway (VG-lista)[11] 12
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[12] 46
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[13] 49
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 6
US Billboard Hot 100[15] 57
US Adult Pop Songs (Billboard)[16] 33
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[17] 18
US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks (Billboard)[18] 30
US Triple A (Billboard)[19] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ As stated by Michael Stipe on Later... with Jools Holland in 2001.
  2. ^ a b c Q, October 1998
  3. ^ Kent, David (2006). Australian Chart Book 1993–2005. St Ives, New South Wales: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-45889-2. 
  4. ^ "Austriancharts.at – R.E.M. – Daysleeper" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – R.E.M. – Daysleeper" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
  6. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 68, No. 11, December 07, 1998". RPM. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  7. ^ "R.E.M. – Daysleeper". Charts.de. Media Control. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Search the charts" (To access, enter the search parameter "Daysleeper" in the "Search by Song Title" field). Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – R.E.M. – Daysleeper" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
  10. ^ "Charts.org.nz – R.E.M. – Daysleeper". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
  11. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – R.E.M. – Daysleeper". VG-lista. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
  12. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – R.E.M. – Daysleeper". Singles Top 60. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
  13. ^ "Swisscharts.com – R.E.M. – Daysleeper". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
  14. ^ "Archive Chart: 1998-10-24" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
  15. ^ "R.E.M. – Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  16. ^ "R.E.M. – Chart History: Adult Pop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  17. ^ "R.E.M. – Chart History: Alternative Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  18. ^ "R.E.M. – Chart History: Mainstream Rock Tracks". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  19. ^ "R.E.M. – Chart History: Triple A". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 

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