Star 69 (song)

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This article is about the song by R.E.M. For other uses, see Star 69 (disambiguation).
"Star 69"
Star 69 REM.jpg
Spain promotional release
Song by R.E.M. from the album Monster
Released 26 September 1994 (UK)
27 September 1994 (US)
Genre Alternative rock, Hard rock
Length 3:07
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe[1]
Producer(s) Scott Litt and R.E.M.
Monster track listing
"I Don't Sleep, I Dream"
"Star 69"
"Strange Currencies"

"Star 69" is a song from the R.E.M. album Monster. It was not released as a single but still reached No. 74 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart.[2]

The song is named after the access number for the last-call return feature of telephones in North America, as indicated by its chorus:

"I know you called
I know you called
I know you hung up my line

Star 69"

Of all of the songs on Monster, "Star 69" is the one that evolved most from its initial demo. It started out at six minutes long before having its bridge excised and its original chorus discarded.[3]


Chart (1995) Peak
Canadian RPM 100[4][5] 73
US Billboard Hot 100 Airplay[2] 74
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[6] 15
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[7] 8


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  2. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2009). Top Pop Singles. Wisconsin: Record Research. p. 811. ISBN 0-89820-180-2. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  3. ^ Black, Johnny (2004). Reveal: The Story of R.E.M. London: Backbeat Books. ISBN 0-87930-776-5. 
  4. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 61, No. 10, April 10, 1995". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  5. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 61, No. 12, April 24, 1995". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  6. ^ "R.E.M. - Charts & Awards - Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  7. ^ "R.E.M. Album & Song Chart History - Alternative Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-12-21.