Bang and Blame

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"Bang and Blame"
Single by R.E.M.
from the album Monster
B-side "Bang and Blame" (instrumental version)
Released January 10, 1995 (1995-01-10)
Format CD single, 7" single, 12" single, Cassette
Recorded 1994
Genre Alternative rock, hard rock
Length 5:30 (album w/ short interlude)
4:51 (single edit)
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Berry, Buck, Mills, Stipe[1]
Producer(s) Scott Litt & R.E.M.
R.E.M. singles chronology
"What's the Frequency, Kenneth?"
"Bang and Blame"
"Strange Currencies"

"Bang and Blame" is a song by the American alternative rock group R.E.M. It was released as the second single from the album Monster in 1995. It is the last R.E.M. song to reach the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number 19, and also their last number one on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.

When the album version of the song finishes, an untitled instrumental featuring vibrato effects on the guitar amp and amplified slap bass techniques follows, lasting approximately 30 seconds from fade in to fade out.

The song was the most successful single by the band in America since 1991's "Shiny Happy People". After "Bang and Blame", the band did not have a single that matched its success. Despite its success, it was left off of In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988–2003 and Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage 1982–2011.

"Bang and Blame" was featured in the Cold Case episode "Blackout" as well as in the Danish mini-series "Charlot og Charlotte" by Ole Bornedal (director of "Nattevagten"/"The Night Watch"), the My Mad Fat Diary episode "Not I" and the Melrose Place episode "No Strings Attached". The song was also used in "Weird Al" Yankovic's polka medley "The Alternative Polka" from his 1996 album Bad Hair Day. The cover of the single somewhat resembles the cover of the 1994 Nirvana single "Pennyroyal Tea."

Track listing[edit]

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

12" and CD Maxi-single
  1. "Bang and Blame" – 4:51
  2. "Losing My Religion" (live)1 – 5:24
  3. "Country Feedback" (live)1 – 5:03
  4. "Begin the Begin" (live)1 – 3:47
7", Cassette and CD single
  1. "Bang and Blame" – 4:48
  2. "Bang and Blame" (instrumental version) – 4:48


1 Recorded at the 40 Watt Club, Athens, Georgia; November 19, 1992. The performance, a benefit for Greenpeace, was recorded on a solar-powered mobile studio.


Chart (1995) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[2] 29
Canadian Singles Chart 1
Irish Singles Chart 14
UK Singles Chart 15
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 19
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 3
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 13


  1. ^ "ALBUMS". R.E.M.Hq. 2011-12-18. Archived from the original on 2012-02-05. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  2. ^ "Discography R.E.M.". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-09-22. 

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Preceded by
"About a Girl (live)" by Nirvana
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
December 17, 1994 - December 31, 1994
Succeeded by
"When I Come Around" by Green Day
Preceded by
"Insensitive" by Jann Arden
Canadian RPM Singles Chart number-one single
February 20, 1995 - February 27, 1995
Succeeded by
"Take a Bow" by Madonna