Finest Worksong

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"Finest Worksong"
Single by R.E.M.
from the album Document
B-side "Time After Time, Etc." (Live)
Released March 1988 (US/CAN)
April 1988 (UK/NL)
Format 12" Single/7" Single/3" CD Single/CD Single
Recorded 1987
Length 3:48
Label IRS Records
Writer(s) [2]
Producer(s) Scott Litt & R.E.M.
R.E.M. singles chronology
"It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)"
"Finest Worksong"
"Orange Crush"

"Finest Worksong" was the third and final single released from R.E.M.'s fifth studio album Document. It peaked at #50 on the UK Singles Chart in April 1988, at the time the group's highest-charting single in the UK.[3]

The single version of the song (also known as Mutual Drum Horn mix), featuring a new horn section by The Uptown Horns, was placed on R.E.M.'s I.R.S. Records compilation Eponymous. This was the last original single the band released on I.R.S. Records.

Track listing[edit]

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

7" single

  1. "Finest Worksong" – 3:50
  2. "Time After Time, Etc." (Live)1 – 8:22

12" single and 3" CD single

  1. "Finest Worksong" – 3:50
  2. "Time After Time, Etc." (Live)1 – 8:22
  3. "Finest Worksong" (Lengthy Club mix) – 5:52
  4. "Finest Worksong" (Other mix) – 3:47

UK CD single

  1. "Finest Worksong"
  2. "Time After Time, Etc." (Live)1
  3. "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)"


1 Recorded at the Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands; September 14, 1987, this live medley included "Time After Time (AnnElise)", a snippet of Peter Gabriel's "Red Rain" and "So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)"


Chart (1988) Peak
UK Singles Chart[3] 50
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[4] 28


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Albums". R.E.M.HQ. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "REM - Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Document - R.E.M.". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 July 2009. 

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