Tired Of Singing Trouble
June 5, 2007
“Tired Of Singing Trouble” is one of R.E.M.’s more curious oddities. It was recorded during the Lifes Rich Pageant sessions, presumably as a piss-take — it’s essentially a minute of Michael Stipe singing in a quasi-gospel style over a walking bass line and seemingly improvised percussion. As far as goofy pastiches go, it’s rather high quality. The band must have thought so too since it was commonly played as an intro to “I Believe” throughout the late 80s. The song marks the beginning of Michael’s rather fruitful experimentation with gospel and soul inflections in the second half of the 80s. You can hear a bit of it on Lifes Rich Pageant and Document, but the affectation is apparent on nearly every track on Green, which I consider to be Stipe’s best album in terms of vocal performance.