Orange Crush (song)
|Single by R.E.M.|
|from the album Green|
|B-side||"Ghost Rider", "Dark Globe"|
|Writer(s)||Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe|
|Producer(s)||Scott Litt & R.E.M.|
|R.E.M. singles chronology|
"Orange Crush" is a song by the American alternative rock band R.E.M. It was released as the first single from the band's sixth studio album, Green, in 1988. It was not commercially released in the U.S. despite reaching number one as a promotional single on both the Mainstream and Modern Rock Tracks (where, at the time, it had the record for longest stay at number one with eight weeks, beating U2). It peaked at number 28 on the UK Singles Chart, making it the band's then-highest chart hit in Britain, where they promoted the song by making their debut appearance on Top of the Pops.
The song's title is a reference to the chemical defoliant Agent Orange manufactured by Monsanto Corporation and Dow Chemical for the U.S. Department of Defense and used in the Vietnam War. As a guest on the late-night show Last Call with Carson Daly, Michael Stipe explained that the song was about a young American football player leaving the comforts of home for the war in Vietnam. Also, Stipe opened the song during The Green World Tour by singing the famous U.S. Army recruiting slogan, "Be all you can be... in the Army." Stipe's father served in the Vietnam War.
UK 3" CD W2960CD
- "Orange Crush" (Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe) - 3:50
- "Ghost Rider" (Suicide cover, written by Martin Reverby, Alan Vega) - 3:45
- "Dark Globe" (Syd Barrett) - 1:52
|Australian ARIA Singles Chart||15|
|Irish Singles Chart||21|
|UK Singles Chart||28|
|U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks||1|
|U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks||1|
"Desire" by U2
|Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
November 26, 1988 – January 14, 1989
"Charlotte Anne" by Julian Cope
"It's Money That Matters" by Randy Newman
|Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
November 26 – December 9, 1988
"Angel of Harlem" by U2
- Gittins, Ian (2007). Top of the Pops: Mishaps, Miming, and Music - True Adventures of TV's No. 1 Pop Show. London: Random House. p. 126. ISBN 9781846073274. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
- "...the barbed-wire edge of "Orange Crush." This song, about the use of Agent Orange in Vietnam,..." "R.E.M. FINALLY EMERGES AS HARD-EDGED, FEROCIOUS" Boston Globe, April 10, 1989
- "Guitarist Peter Buck has said that "Orange Crush," the first single from "Green" (Warner Bros., all formats), is about Agent Orange..." "Records;Uninspired Folk-Rock Routine Releases From R.E.M. and the Bangles" Washington Post, Nov 9, 1988
- Gray, Marcus (March 21, 1997), It Crawled from the South: An R.E.M. Companion (Paperback) (2nd ed.), Da Capo Press, p. 57, ISBN 0-306-80751-3
- 5 songs you didn't know were about the Vietnam War CNN June 24, 2015
- "Discography R.E.M.". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved September 22, 2015.