Get Up (R.E.M. song)

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"Get Up"
Single by R.E.M.
from the album Green
B-side "Funtime"
Released September 1989
Format 7" single
Recorded 1988
Genre Alternative rock
Length 2:39
Label Warner Bros.
Producer(s) Scott Litt & R.E.M.
R.E.M. singles chronology
"Pop Song 89"
(1989)
"Get Up"
(1989)
"Losing My Religion"
(1991)

"Get Up" was the fourth and final single to be released by R.E.M. from the band's sixth studio album Green. It was included in the limited edition Singleactiongreen box set released in November 1989. The song was released as a single only in the U.S. but failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song was written by Michael Stipe about Mike Mills. Mills always seemed to sleep late during their recording sessions for Green. This was Stipe's call for Mills to get up and work. However, Mills did not find this out until a concert in the late 1990s, when Michael Stipe introduced the song as being about him.[1]

The video for the song was created by a young filmmaker named Eric Darnell, who had recently graduated from the CalArts program in experimental animation and who went on to co-direct the mainstream computer animated features Antz and Madagascar.

In the film Tourfilm, which features footage from R.E.M.'s tour in 1989, Michael Stipe introduces this song as his favorite.

During the bridge, several music boxes are played at once. This was the idea of Bill Berry, who had originally envisioned this in a dream.[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Get Up" (Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe) – 2:39
  2. "Funtime" (David Bowie, Iggy Pop) – 2:14

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Black, Johnny (2004). Reveal: The Story of R.E.M.. Backbeat Books. ISBN 0-87930-776-5.