Watch Early Footage of R.E.M. from 1981
Footage has surfaced on YouTube of early R.E.M. playing at Atlanta’s 688 Club in early 1981.
Clocking in at almost 40 minutes, the footage begins with a cover of Buddy Holly’s “Rave On” but continues to include R.E.M. classics such as “Radio Free Europe,” which was the band’s debut single. It was released by short-lived indie label Hib-Tone in July 1981 and again by I.R.S. as the first single off R.E.M.’s debut album Murmur. A full track list is included with time markers in the video’s description.
You can watch the footage below.