Driver 8

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"Driver 8"
Single by R.E.M.
from the album Fables of the Reconstruction
B-side "Crazy"
Released September 1985
Format 7"
Recorded 1985
Genre College rock
Length 3:18
Label I.R.S. Records
Writer(s) R.E.M.[1]
Producer(s) Joe Boyd
R.E.M. singles chronology
"Cant Get There from Here"
(1985)
"Driver 8"
(1985)
"Wendell Gee"
(1985)

"Driver 8" was the second single from R.E.M.'s third album, Fables of the Reconstruction. Released in September 1985, the song peaked at #22 on the U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. It was not released in Europe.

The song refers to the Southern Crescent, a passenger train operated by the Southern Railroad until 1979, and continues today (with fewer stops) as the Amtrak Crescent. The music video shows Chessie System trains running around Clifton Forge, Virginia.

Guitarist Peter Buck admitted in the liner notes for the band's 2003 compilation album In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003 that the verse chords for the song "Imitation of Life" were unintentionally taken from the verse chords of "Driver 8."

Cover versions[edit]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe unless otherwise indicated.

7": IRS / IRS-52678 (US)[edit]

  1. "Driver 8" - 3:24
  2. "Crazy" (Pylon) - 3:05

Charts[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 22

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