Mix Tape Friday: Happy Stipey Day!
Today is Michael Stipe’s 48th birthday. My love for him is pure and everlasting, a love affair that hasn’t disappointed during the quarter century of my devotion (well, maybe on a couple of Aftermath tracks, but every great love is allowed a stumble or two). He’s cool, he’s funny, he’s smart, he’s weird — and, damn, he has an amazing voice and gorgeous eyes. Michael is everything I want from the rock star love of my life.
No doubt Michael’s off somewhere glamorous today, celebrating and hobnobbing with the pretty people. We here at the Cup don’t want to let this auspicious occasion slip by, so we’re honoring my beloved’s birthday with 48 Stipey songs — one song for each glorious year of his life — guest appearances, soundtrack solos, R.E.M. rarities, great party favors. These tracks run the gamut — alternative and rock, punk and rap (yes, rap!), techno and jazz. A few are a bit ridiculous, but most are as fabulous as he is. Now you glamorous, pretty people can hobnob aurally and blogally.
Michael Stipe feat. Chris Martin :: In the Sun
Placebo feat. Michael Stipe :: Broken Promise
Dashboard Confessional feat. Michael Stipe :: Hands Down (live)
Golden Palominos feat. Michael Stipe :: Omaha
Automatic Baby :: One
Radiohead feat. Michael Stipe :: Leave (live)
Annie Ross & The Low Note Quintet feat. Michael Stipe :: Full Moon
Michael Stipe, KRS-One + Harmony :: Civilization vs. Technology
Warren Zevon feat. Michael Stipe (and Buck/Berry/Mills) :: Bad Karma
New York Dolls feat. Michael Stipe :: Dancing on the Lip of a Volcano
Patti Smith feat. Michael Stipe :: Glitter in Their Eyes
Michael Stipe + Eddie Vedder :: Begin the Begin (live)
R.E.M. :: Voice of Harold
Jason & The Scorchers feat. Michael Stipe :: Hot Nights in Georgia
Billy Bragg feat. Michael Stipe :: You Woke up My Neighbourhood
Mandy Moore + Michael Stipe :: God Only Knows (Beach Boys cover)
Spacehog feat. Michael Stipe :: Almond Kisses
10,000 Maniacs feat. Michael Stipe :: To Sir with Love (live 1992)
Michael Stipe + Vic Chesnutt :: Injured Bird
R.E.M. :: Texarkana (outtake with Michael Stipe on vocals)
Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians feat. M. Stipe :: Dark Green Energy
Michael Stipe + Bruce Springsteen :: Because the Night (live 2004)
Kristin Hersh feat. Michael Stipe :: Your Ghost
Indigo Girls feat. Michael Stipe :: Kid Fears
R.E.M. :: Hey! Hey! Nadine (live at Tyrone’s, 1981)
Stephane Pompougnac feat. Michael Stipe :: Clumsy
Utah Saints feat. Michael Stipe :: Wiggedy Wack
Tanzplagen :: Peter Pan
Michael Stipe :: L’hotel (Serge Gainsbourg cover)
Miguel Bose feat. Michael Stipe :: Lo Que Hay Es Lo Que Ves
Michael Stipe + Asha Bhosle :: The Way You Dream
Faultline feat. Michael Stipe :: Greenfields
Michael Stipe + Mike Mills :: Galveston (live)
Coldplay feat. Michael Stipe :: Nightswimming (Austin City Limits)
Michael Stipe + Natalie Merchant :: Little April Showers
Neneh Cherry feat. Michael Stipe :: Trout
Michael Stipe :: We’re Not so Bad
Michael Stipe + Rain Phoenix :: Happiness
R.E.M. :: Funtime (live Iggy Pop cover, 1992)
Golden Palominos feat. Michael Stipe :: Clustering Train
Michael Stipe + Everyone :: People Have the Power (live 2004)
R.E.M. :: Where’s Captain Kirk? (Spizz cover)
Hugo Largo feat. Michael Stipe :: Eureka
Syd Straw feat. Michael Stipe :: Future 40's (Sting of Pearls)
Little Jimmy Scott + Michael Stipe :: Ill Wind
Michael Stipe :: Hope (live solo)
Michael Stipe + Thom Yorke :: Be Mine (live)
R.E.M. :: Tired of Singing Trouble
Is there a lovelier, more heart-stopping song than Michael’s cover of Joseph Arthur’s “In the Sun”? If I play it, I must listen to it at least six times straight. It’s a swoon in song.
One of my favorite bootleg tracks is the cover of “Funtime” included here (read this good post about that show). Michael's patter is good … then at 2:17, Mike’s bass begins teasing us ... until at 2:38, when Bill bangs in the best g*ddamn live payoff you can get at an R.E.M. show. I’ve played this track eleven times tonight, dancing and spinning so hard up and down my hall that the balls of my feet are now throbbing. But who cares? This is exactly how an R.E.M. club (not arena) show sounded. Soak up that energy as you dance and spin your birthday wishes.
I coulda, I shoulda been at this 40 Watt Club show. I’d returned from the U.K. the day before, and a friend called to invite me thirty minutes before the show began — just enough time for me to NOT get there in time. Damn him. Damn no e-mail in 1992. At least I have a good recording of the show.
“Voice of Harold” is my favorite R.E.M. B-side ever (and my boys have recorded many a fantastic B-side). Using the music track for “Seven Chinese Brothers” (a favorite fable as a child, and a damn good song), Stipe reads the liner notes from a gospel album (The Revelaires’ The Joy of Knowing Jesus) — and it’s brilliant. Simeon and I have spent way too many hours arguing over who first discovered this great track — but since it was on my 12-inch, I win.
Bonus Tracks!What’s a Stipey tape without R.E.M. tunes? I pulled one song off each studio album — the ones with some of my favorite Stipe vocals, trying to give you a track you don’t hear as often as you should.
Chronic Town (1982) :: Gardening at Night
Murmur (1983) :: Pilgrimage
Reckoning (1984) :: Letter Never Sent
Fables of the Reconstruction (1985) :: Green Grow the Rushes
Life’s Rich Pageant (1986) :: Cuyahoga
Document (1987) :: King of Birds
Green (1988) :: Turn You Inside-Out
Out of Time (1991) :: Me in Honey
Automatic for the People (1992) :: Find the River
Monster (1994) :: Crush with Eyeliner
New Adventures in Hi-fi (1996) :: The Wake-up Bomb
Up (1998) :: Lotus
Man on the Moon OST (1999) :: The Great Beyond
Reveal (2001) :: I’ve Been High
Around the Sun (2004) :: Leaving New York
Accelerate (coming 4.01.08) :: Accelerate (live in Dublin, 2007)
Show of hands for those excited about the April Fools’ release of Accelerate?
Show of hands for the fellow Stipe nerds who noticed that 4.01.08 is Michael’s birthday sideways?
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