REM Talks About Their Upcoming Unplugged Release
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.19.2014
They have a lot of stuff in the vaults...
In an interview with Billboard, REM's Mike Mills spoke about the band's vault releases which follow their break-up in 2011. The next release is Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions. It comes from the band's two MTV Unplugged appearances and features 33 songs including 11 that never aired. It was released on vinyl for Record Store Day and will be out on CD and digital download tomorrow. Here are highlights:
On releasing more material after the break-up: "It's nice in the sense that it keeps our breakup from being a cold, hard ending. It softens the landing a little bit. It's like, no, I don't get to record with Peter (Buck), Bill (Berry) and Michael (Stipe) anymore, but we get to just remind ourselves of how much fun we had."
On the Unplugged material: "They've been sitting there for awhile, and I guess we just never thought there was a right time to release them until recently. We've always supported Record Store Day, and it just seemed like a perfect match-up of stuff that we had and stuff that they needed. And it's good to put it out as we wish to let it out; bootlegs are great and I love 'em, but it's nice to put your stuff out in a way that you would like to have it presented."
On the possibility of more unreleased material getting released: "We have a lot of stuff in the vaults, a fair amount of stuff that's never been released. We all want to do something with this stuff. We know we've got some really good things hanging around. We just want to put them out in a way that makes them as special as possible, because they're special to us. I mean, if we've been sitting on stuff for this long, why go cheap with it now? Let's try to make it be special rather than just dumping out the vaults."