Supernatural Superserious

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"Supernatural Superserious"
Single by R.E.M.
from the album Accelerate
B-side "Airliner"
"Red Head Walking"
Released February 11, 2008
Format CD, vinyl 7"
Recorded 2007
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:25
Label Warner Bros.
Producer(s) Jacknife Lee, R.E.M.
R.E.M. singles chronology
"#9 Dream"
(2007)
"Supernatural Superserious"
(2008)
"Hollow Man"
(2008)

"Supernatural Superserious" is a song by American alternative rock band R.E.M.. It is the first single and third track from the band's fourteenth album Accelerate and was first released on February 11, 2008 as an MP3, and February 25, 2008 on CD. Like most of the songs on Accelerate, it made its debut during the band's "working rehearsals" at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin between June 30 and July 5, 2007, in an unfinished form with the name "Disguised"; the song appears on Live at The Olympia in this form. Its title was changed on the advice of Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.[1]

The song itself proved an early success, entering the UK Singles Chart at #54 on downloads, before its official physical release, although—unlike most of R.E.M.'s lead singles in the UK—it was not a hit there. It also became R.E.M.'s first song since 2001's "Imitation of Life" to enter more than two charts and to chart on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks, with an entry position of #36, eventually reaching #21. The other chart that the song charted was the Billboard Hot 100 where it reached #85.[2]

The song was used by ESPN as part of their coverage of Major League Baseball's 2008 Opening Day.

A special 7" single was released to commemorate Record Store Day on April 19, 2008, in the US. The single was made available exclusively for participating stores along with special releases from Björk and Death Cab for Cutie.

Music video[edit]

The music video was shot by director Vincent Moon in various locations around New York City. On February 12, 2008 the website supernaturalsuperserious.com (no longer available) was launched, containing ten takes of the video available for download in high definition as well as a YouTube page for users to upload their own versions of the video.[3]

Track listing[edit]

CD single #1 (UK, Germany) (W798CD), 7" Single (US)
  1. "Supernatural Superserious" – 3:25
  2. "Airliner" – 2:21
CD single #2 (UK) (W798CDX)
  1. "Supernatural Superserious" – 3:25
  2. "Airliner" – 2:21
  3. "Red Head Walking" – 2:11

Personnel[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
Worldwide February 11, 2008 Digital download
United Kingdom February 25, 2008 CD
March 24, 2008
United States April 15, 2008 7" Vinyl

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart[4] 26
Belgian Singles Chart[5] 17
Canadian Hot 100[5] 50
German Singles Chart[5] 26
Irish Singles Chart[6] 41
Norwegian Singles Chart[7] 1
Swedish Singles Chart[5] 17
Swiss Singles Chart[5] 32
UK Singles Chart[5] 54
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[5] 85
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 82
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 36
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 21
U.S. Billboard Triple A 1
Preceded by
"Hold On Be Strong" by Maria Haukaas Storeng
Norwegian VG-lista number-one single
27 February – 12 March 2008
Succeeded by
"Chasing Pavements" by Adele

References[edit]

  1. ^ "REM: Chris Martin named our new single". NME.com. March 26, 2008. 
  2. ^ "R.E.M.: Supernatural Superserious (Track Review)". prefixmag.com. February 8, 2008. 
  3. ^ "R.E.M.Hq: News". REM hq. February 13, 2008. 
  4. ^ Rem - Supernatural Superserious - Music Charts
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Rem — Supernatural Superserious — Music Charts". achart.us. 
  6. ^ "Irish Charts Week 09 - 2008". IRMA. 
  7. ^ "VG-lista" (in Norwegian). 2008-02-27. Retrieved 2008-03-02. 

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