Eponymous (album)

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Greatest hits album by R.E.M.
Released October 17, 1988 (1988-10-17)
Recorded 1981–1987
Genre Alternative rock
Length 43:06
Language English, French ("Talk About the Passion")
Label I.R.S.
Producer Joe Boyd, Mitch Easter, Don Dixon, Don Gehman, and Scott Litt
R.E.M. chronology
R.E.M. compilations chronology
Dead Letter Office
The Best of R.E.M.
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4.5/5 stars[3]

Eponymous is the first greatest hits and the second compilation album by American alternative rock band R.E.M., released in 1988. It was their last authorized[citation needed] release on I.R.S. Records, to whom they had been contracted since 1982, having just signed with Warner Bros. Records.

Eponymous is notable for its inclusion of several rare or alternative versions of known tracks. Spanning from the Chronic Town EP to the previous year's breakthrough hit album Document, Eponymous provides a fair overview of R.E.M.'s early work.

The album features the alternate title "File Under Grain", a reference to the cover photograph. A previous album, Document, had "File Under Fire" inscribed on it and Reckoning, featured the words "File Under Water". Inside the album was a photograph of singer Michael Stipe with the words "They Airbrushed My Face" above his head.

Released in October 1988, just a month before R.E.M.'s Warner Bros. debut Green appeared, Eponymous reached #44 in the US and #69 in the UK.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

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

Side one – "Early"
  1. "Radio Free Europe" (Original Hib-Tone Single) (1981) – 3:47
  2. "Gardening at Night" (Different Vocal Mix)1 – 3:30
  3. "Talk About the Passion" (from Murmur, 1983) – 3:20
  4. "So. Central Rain" (from Reckoning, 1984) – 3:15
  5. "(Don't Go Back To) Rockville" (from Reckoning, 1984) – 4:32
  6. "Cant Get There from Here" (from Fables of the Reconstruction, 1985) – 3:39
Side two – "Late"
  1. "Driver 8" (from Fables of the Reconstruction, 1985) – 3:23
  2. "Romance" (from soundtrack album to the 1987 film Made in Heaven) – 3:25
  3. "Fall on Me" (from Lifes Rich Pageant, 1986) – 2:50
  4. "The One I Love" (from Document, 1987) – 3:16
  5. "Finest Worksong" (Mutual Drum Horn Mix) (from "Finest Worksong" single) – 3:50
  6. "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" (from Document, 1987) – 4:05

Track listing note: On the vinyl and cassette releases, R.E.M. labeled side one (tracks 1–6) as the "Early side" and side two (tracks 7–12) as the "Late side."


1 Different mix from version on Chronic Town.

Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1988 U.S. Billboard 200 44[citation needed]
1988 UK Albums Chart 69[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Eponymous". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  2. ^ "Cg: R.E.M". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  3. ^ "R.E.M.: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-08-26. 

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