Perfect Square

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This article is about the R.E.M. live recording. For other meanings, see Perfect square.
Perfect Square
Video by R.E.M.
Released May 9, 2004 (2004-05-09)
Recorded July 19, 2003, at Bowling Green, Wiesbaden, Germany
Genre Alternative rock
Length 143:00
Label Warner Reprise Video
Director Julia Knowles[1]
R.E.M. chronology
In View: The Best of R.E.M. 1988–2003
(2003)
Perfect Square
(2004)
Around the Sun
(2004)
R.E.M. video chronology
In View: The Best of R.E.M. 1988–2003
(2003)
Perfect Square
(2004)
When the Light Is Mine: The Best of the I.R.S. Years 1982–1987
(2006)
R.E.M. live albums chronology
Vancouver Rehearsal Tapes
(2003)
Perfect Square
(2004)
R.E.M. Live
(2007)

Perfect Square is a video recording of a concert by rock band R.E.M., filmed on 19 July 2003 at the Bowling Green in Wiesbaden, Germany. It was released in DVD format on the Warner Brothers label on March 9, 2004.

This concert is perhaps most notable for a performance of the song "Country Feedback", which Michael Stipe opens by declaring it his "favorite song". The rendition features appended lyrics from another song, Reveal's "Chorus and the Ring", and a guitar solo by Peter Buck, neither of which are in the original. The performance (in audio form) also found its way onto the limited edition issue of the In Time compilation, which was released a few months after the Wiesbaden concert.

Other concert highlights include the appearance of two then-new songs, "Bad Day" (Also originally known as PSA when first written in the early 1980s) and "Animal", and the re-emergence of the long-lost song "Permanent Vacation". "Permanent Vacation" dates back to 1980, years before their first album, while "Bad Day" dates back to 1985.

Included on the DVD release is a bonus documentary, A Stirling Performance, chronicling the band's three-night stand at Stirling Castle in Scotland in July 1999. The documentary demonstrates the effect the concerts had on Stirling and its residents. It was released in 2000.

The documentary premiered in the UK on October 17, 2000, at London's Metro Cinema during the Raindance Film Festival. Its US premiere occurred at 7 Stages in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 10, 2001.

Audio[edit]

  • Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Dolby Digital 5.1

Track listing[edit]

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

  1. "Begin the Begin" – 4:04
  2. "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" – 4:12
  3. "Maps and Legends" – 3:28
  4. "Drive" – 4:44
  5. "Animal" (Buck, Mills, Stipe) – 4:22
  6. "Daysleeper" (Buck, Mills, Stipe) – 3:46
  7. "The Great Beyond" (Buck, Mills, Stipe) – 4:17
  8. "Bad Day" – 4:24
  9. "The One I Love" – 3:22
  10. "All the Way to Reno (You're Gonna Be a Star)" (Buck, Mills, Stipe) – 5:00
  11. "Orange Crush" – 3:59
  12. "Losing My Religion" – 4:45
  13. "At My Most Beautiful" (Buck, Mills, Stipe) – 3:37
  14. "Electrolite" – 4:28
  15. "She Just Wants to Be" (Buck, Mills, Stipe) – 5:58
  16. "Walk Unafraid" (Buck, Mills, Stipe)  – 5:16
  17. "Man on the Moon" – 5:57
  18. "Everybody Hurts" – 6:26
  19. "So Fast, So Numb" – 4:24
  20. "Country Feedback" – 6:11
  21. "Permanent Vacation" – 2:52
  22. "Imitation of Life" (Buck, Mills, Stipe) – 3:55
  23. "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" – 5:55

Personnel[edit]

R.E.M.
Auxiliary musicians

Sales certifications[edit]

Organization Level Date
BPI – UK Gold July 22, 2013[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "R.E.M.: Perfect Square". Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Certified Awards". BPI. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 

External links[edit]