Alive and Living Now

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"Alive and Living Now"
The Golden Palominos - Alive and Living Now.jpg
Single by The Golden Palominos
from the album Drunk with Passion
Released 1991 (1991)
Format 7"
Recorded Greenpoint Studios, Brooklyn, New York
Genre Alternative rock
Length 5:38
Label Virgin
Songwriter(s) Anton Fier, Michael Stipe, Nicky Skopelitis
Producer(s) Anton Fier
Drunk with Passion track listing
"Alive and Living Now"
"The Haunting"

"Alive and Living Now" is a song by The Golden Palominos. Although they had released other singles in promotion of their albums, "Alive and Living Now" is their only charting song. Guest musicians include Michael Stipe of R.E.M. on vocals, British songwriter Richard Thompson on lead guitar, and jazz bandleader Carla Bley on Hammond organ.


The song charted at #14 on U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks and was subject to some critical acclaim. allmusic critic Tom Demalon described the track as "a buoyant, midtempo celebration of life" and a highlight of the album.[1] David Browne of Entertainment Weekly went as far as to declare the track more vibrant than the entirety of the Out of Time album released the same year. Browne stated, "the song, Stipe's ode to that special someone who re-energizes you after all seems lost, virtually explodes with a kicky blast of newfound love, and it's a thrill to hear Stipe, who enunciates every confessional word, go out on such an emotional limb."[2]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[3] 14



  1. ^ Demalon, Tom. "Drunk with Passion". Allmusic. Retrieved November 30, 2012. 
  2. ^ Browne, David (October 1991). "Drunk with Passion". Entertainment Weekly (89). Retrieved November 30, 2012. 
  3. ^ "The Golden Palominos – Chart history" Billboard Alternative Songs for The Golden Palominos. Retrieved January 27, 2016.