Finest Worksong

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"Finest Worksong"
R.E.M. - Finest Worksong.jpg
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 number 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
US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[4] 28


  1. ^ David Fricke (22 October 1987). "R.E.M. Document Album Review". Rolling Stone. 
  2. ^ "Albums". R.E.M.HQ. Archived from the original on 5 February 2012. 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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