Stand (R.E.M. song)

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"Stand"
R.E.M. - Stand.jpg
Single by R.E.M.
from the album Green
B-side "Memphis Train Blues"
Released January 1989
Format
Recorded 1988
Genre
Length 3:10
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
R.E.M. singles chronology
"Orange Crush"
(1988)
"Stand"
(1989)
"Pop Song 89"
(1989)

"Orange Crush"
(1988)
"Stand"
(1989)
"Pop Song 89"
(1989)

"Stand" is a song by the American alternative rock band R.E.M., released as the second single from the album Green in 1989. The song peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming R.E.M.'s second top 10 hit in the United States. The song reached number 48 on the UK Singles Chart and number 16 in Canada. It was placed on R.E.M.'s Warner Bros. Records "best of" album In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988–2003 in 2003, as well as the 2011 compilation album Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage.

The song is an example of "truck driver's gear change", as the last two rounds of the chorus are each one whole step higher than the one previous.[5] The song is meant to be a self-aware "tongue-in-cheek" 60s-esque bubblegum pop ditty, meant to resemble the music of The Banana Splits, The Archies and The Monkees.[6]

"Stand" was used as the theme song for the 1990–1992 Fox sitcom Get a Life, starring Chris Elliott. It was parodied by "Weird Al" Yankovic as the song "Spam" on the album UHF – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Other Stuff

Meaning[edit]

Singer Michael Stipe has said of the song's origin that he and the other band members were discussing The Banana Splits, The Archies, The Monkees, and similar 1960s pop groups. "They threw these super bubblegummy songs at me, and I said, 'I'll raise you and see you one.' And I wrote the most inane lyrics that I could possibly write. Now, it was a very intentional thing to do that. I really like most of those songs, in fact."[7] Guitarist Peter Buck described "Stand" as "without a doubt, [...] the stupidest song we've ever written. That's not necessarily a bad thing though", comparing the song to "Louie Louie" by the Kingsmen in terms of 'stupid' lyrical content.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Berry, Buck, Mills and Stipe except where indicated.

1st issue

7" Vinyl & Cassette single

  1. "Stand" – 3:10
  2. "Memphis Train Blues" – 1:38

12" Vinyl & 3" CD single

  1. "Stand" – 3:09
  2. "Memphis Train Blues" – 1:37
  3. "(The Eleventh Untitled Song)" – 3:56

Notes: The UK 3" CD single with the catalogue number W7577 CDX came in a leaf-shaped sleeve.

"(The Eleventh Untitled Song)" is an extended instrumental version of the closing (eleventh) unlisted (untitled) track from the album Green.

2nd issue – released later in 1989 with different cover art (a picture of the band on stage) in the UK instead of "Pop Song 89."

  1. "Stand" – 3:09
  2. "Pop Song 89" (Acoustic) – 2:56
  3. "Skin Tight" (Live Ohio Players cover, written by Jones, Pierce, Bonner, Middlebrooks) – 2:03

Note: live track recorded in Orlando, Florida 30 April 1989

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "R.E.M. – Chart history" Billboard Alternative Songs
  2. ^ Pinnock, Tom (April 1, 2016). "R.E.M.: "If we couldn't be successful being who we were, then we didn't want to be successful"". Time Inc. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  3. ^ Greene, Andy (May 10, 2013). "R.E.M. Reflect on 'Green' on the Album's 25th Anniversary". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Alan Cross (2006-09-10). "How To Talk Like A Rock Snob 6". The Ongoing History of New Music. CFNY-FM.
  6. ^ http://drownedinsound.com/releases/16670/reviews/4144091
  7. ^ Michael Stipe on "Stand", MTV.com
  8. ^ Buck, Peter (2003). In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988–2003 (booklet). Warner Bros. Records.
  9. ^ "25 Years Ago This Week: February 26, 1989". chartbeat.blogspot.com.au. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  10. ^ "R.E.M. Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "R.E.M.: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  12. ^ "The Hot 100 - Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  13. ^ "R.E.M. Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "R.E.M. Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard.
  15. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 51, No. 8, December 23, 1989". RPM. December 23, 1999. Archived from the original on September 7, 2017. Retrieved November 22, 2017.