R.E.M. - Lifes Rich Pageant (1986) album cover.

R.E.M. - Lifes Rich Pageant (1986)

If you were to plot R.E.M's path from underground buzz to household name, their fourth studio album Lifes Rich Pageant was the turning point. Coming out of a miserable recording experience in London with Fables of the Reconstruction in 1985, the band heads back to the states and are determined to inject some energy and creativity back into their music. The result is the loud, invigorating, and often spontaneous fourth album. R.E.M. did a lot of interesting things on this album, utilizing banjos, organs, and pianos, all while maintaining both the edge and the softness of their brand of alt rock that would soon propel Michael Stipe and co. to mainstream mega-stardom.

Episode Tracklist

  • R.E.M. - "What If We Give It Away?"
  • Massive Attack - "Group Four"
  • Al Di Meola - "Flight Over Rio"
  • R.E.M. - "Begin The Begin"
  • R.E.M. - "Cuyahoga"
  • R.E.M. - "Just A Touch"
  • The Clique - "Superman"

Sidetrack: The Minus 5 - "Find A Finger" (1995)

We take a look at R.E.M. guitar player Peter Buck's side project The Minus 5, headed by Scott McCaughey of the Seattle-based The Young Fresh Fellows. The Traveling Wilburys also sneak into this episode as Quentin was shocked and dismayed that Travis had never heard of them before, arguably the most "super" of super groups to ever assemble.


  • The Minus 5 - "Emperor Of The Bathroom"
  • Traveling Wilburys - "Handle With Care"
  • The Minus 5 - "Find A Finger"
  • The Minus 5 - "House Of Four Doors (Theme)"