R.E.M. Release Early ‘Shiny Happy People’ Demo

By Amanda Wicks

R.E.M. will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of their album Out of Time by releasing a 3-CD reissue that includes the original album as well as demos of all 19 tracks. Today (November 11th), fans can hear the demo of “Shiny Happy People.”

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The entirely instrumental demo feels like a slightly more subdued version of the original, from the guitar riff to the drums. The punch and verve of the original doesn’t come across in the even keeled tempo and arrangement. In a way, it almost sounds like a MIDI version of the original “Shiny Happy People.”

The anniversary reissue will also feature a DVD with music videos of “Losing My Religion,” “Low” and “Belong,” among other tracks. The 25th anniversary edition of Out of Time will be available November 18th. Listen to “Shiny Happy People 1 (Demo)” below.

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