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Encyclopedia > It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
"It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)"
"It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" cover
Single by R.E.M.
from the album Document
Released November 1987 (US)

December 1991 (UK re-issue) Image File history File links REM_End_of_the_World_US7. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... This article is about the band. ... Document is the fifth studio album by R.E.M. and their sixth overall. ... Look up November in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Look up December in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ...

Format Vinyl record (7" & 12"), tape cassette, CD
Genre Alternative Rock
Length 4:07
Label I.R.S. Records
Producer(s) Scott Litt
Peak chart positions
R.E.M. singles chronology
"The One I Love"
(1989)
"It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)"
(1987)/(1991)
"Finest Worksong"
(1988)
-
"Drive"
(1992)

"It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" is a song by the rock band R.E.M., found on their 1987 album Document and the 1988 compilation Eponymous. It was also released as a single in 1988, reaching #69 US Billboard Hot 100 and later reaching #39 in the UK singles chart on its re-release in 1991. It was the first song MTV played in the year 2000.[citation needed] A gramophone record, (also phonograph record - often simply record) is an analog sound recording medium: a flat disc rotating at a constant angular velocity, with inscribed spiral grooves in which a stylus or needle rides. ... Typical 60-minute Compact Cassette. ... A Compact Disc or CD is an optical disc used to store digital data, originally developed for storing digital audio. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Alternative rock (also called alternative music or simply alternative; known primarily in the UK as indie) is a genre of rock music that emerged in the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... I.R.S. Records was a record label, started in the US in 1979 by Miles Copeland III along with Jay Boberg and Carl Grasso. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Scott Litt is an American record producer who mostly works with artists in the alternative rock genre and is probably best known for producing six R.E.M. albums (Document, 1987; Green, 1988; Out of Time, 1991; Automatic for the People, 1992; Monster, 1994; and New Adventures in Hi-Fi... // A record chart, also known as a music chart, is a method of ranking music according to popularity during a given period of time. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... The Mainstream Rock Tracks chart is a ranking in Billboard magazine of the most-played songs on mainstream rock radio stations, a category that includes stations that play primarily rock music but are not modern rock (that is, alternative) stations, which are counted in the Modern Rock Tracks chart. ... This article is about the band. ... A Song Infobox has been requested for this article. ... Finest Worksong was the third and final single released from R.E.M.s fifth studio album Document. ... Drive was the lead single and first track from R.E.M.s critically acclaimed eighth studio album Automatic for the People in 1992. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... This article is about the band. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Document is the fifth studio album by R.E.M. and their sixth overall. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Eponymous is a compilation album by the band R.E.M. It was their last release on I.R.S. Track Listing Radio Free Europe (original hib-tone single) - 3:46 Gardening At Night (different vocal mix) - 3:31 Talk About The Passion - 3:20 So. ... Alternate meanings: Single In music, a single is a short (usually ten minutes or less) record, usually featuring one or two tracks as A-sides, often accompanied by several B-sides—usually remixes or other songs. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ...


The song originated from a previous, unreleased, R.E.M. song called "PSA", which was short for "Public Service Announcement". The two songs are very similar in melody and tempo. "PSA" was itself later released as a single in 2003, under the title "Bad Day". In an interview with Guitar World magazine in the early 1990s, R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck indicated that one of the primary inspirations of "End of the World" was Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues." A public service announcement (PSA) or community service announcement (CSA) is a non-commercial advertisement typically on radio or television, ostensibly broadcast for the public good. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bad Day is a single released by R.E.M.. It was a new song for R.E.M.s Warner Brothers Records best of album, In Time - The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003, and was released as a single in support of the album. ... Subterranean Homesick Blues is a song written by Bob Dylan originally released on the album Bringing It All Back Home in 1965. ...


The music video was directed by James Herbert, who worked with the band on several other videos in the late 1980s. It depicts a young skateboarder (Noah Ray) rifling through an abandoned, collapsing farmhouse and displaying the relics that he finds to the camera. James Herbert (b. ...

Contents

Track listing

Initial release

  • "7: IRS IRM 145 (UK):
  1. "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" - 4:04
  2. "The One I Love" (Live Acoustic) - 4:19
  • "7: IRS IRS-53220 (US); cassette: IRS IRSC-53220:
  1. "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" - 4:04
  2. "Last Date" (Floyd Cramer cover) - 2:13
  • "12: IRS IRMT 145:
  1. "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" - 4:04
  2. "The One I Love" (Live Acoustic) - 4:19
  3. "Time After Time Etc." (live) - 8:21

The One I Love, also known as Watashi no Suki na Hito in Japanese, is manga created by CLAMP. It is an anthology of twelve vignettes about various unnamed heroines falling in and out of love with the world, themselves, and others. ... Floyd Cramer (October 27, 1933 - December 31, 1997) was an American Hall of Fame pianist who was one of the architects of the Nashville Sound. ...

Re-issue

  • CD: IRS DIRMT 180:
  1. "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" - 4:04
  2. "Radio Free Europe" - 4:03
  3. "The One I Love" (Live Acoustic) - 4:19
  • CD: IRS DIRMX 180:
  1. "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" - 4:04
  2. "Radio Free Europe" (Hib-Tone version) - 3:46
  3. "White Tornado" - 1:59
  4. "Last Date" - 2:13
  • "7: IRS IRM 180; cassette: IRS DIRMC 180:
  1. "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" - 4:04
  2. "Radio Free Europe" - 4:03

Radio Free Europe has been widely recognized as R.E.M.s first single, released on Hib-Tone Records in 1981. ... Radio Free Europe (Hib-Tone version) was a 1981 single by R.E.M.. It was released on the short-lived Hib-Tone label. ...

Lyrics

The track is known for its quick flying lyrics taking the form of what appears to be a stream of consciousness rant including a number of diverse references, including a quartet of individuals with the initials "L.B." These include: In literary criticism, stream of consciousness is a literary technique which seeks to portray an individuals point of view by giving the written equivalent of the characters thought processes. ...

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Live

Since it was written, it was used as the show closer at the large majority of the live shows that R.E.M. performed. However, for the 2004/2005 Around the Sun tour, it was dropped from the set almost entirely, only played twice in the whole tour. They also played it at the end of the re-scheduled Hyde Park concert at the very end of the tour in summer 2005. The replacement show closer was their 1992 hit, "Man on the Moon"[1]. Around the Sun is an album by R.E.M. released in 2004. ... Man on the Moon is a song by the band R.E.M. from their 1992 album Automatic for the People. ...


Covers

  • Vic Chesnutt, who was "discovered" by R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, recorded a very loose cover of the song for the 1992 R.E.M. tribute album Surprise Your Pig. Chesnutt's version uses a completely different structure and melody from the original and only uses fragments of its lyrics, most notably the opening line "That's great, it starts with an earthquake," which is repeated throughout the song.
  • Julee Cruise covered the song in a slow, dancy version. It's available on a compilation called "Winter Chill 06.02."
  • Italian rock singer Ligabue covered the song in 1995, maintaining the same music but writing brand new Italian lyrics; the song was now titled "A Che Ora È La Fine Del Mondo?" ("At What Time Will The End Of The World Be?").
  • Taking a cue from the "speed it up a notch" lyric in the song, Newfoundland folk-rockers Great Big Sea covered the song on their 1997 album Play though at a much faster pace (under the title "End of the World"). Their version is a minute and a half shorter than R.E.M.'s, yet still contains all the verses.
  • dc Talk covered the song on their 1997 live album Welcome to the Freak Show, describing it as "a little ditty from Georgia."
  • The band No Doubt has also covered the song in concert, notably in reference to Y2K for the MTV New Year's celebration in 1999.
  • The String Cheese Incident covered the song during their New Years Even run in Chicago on 12/31/2003.
  • The Detroit ska-punk band The Suicide Machines covered the song on their 2001 album Steal This Record.
  • The pop-punk band the Riddlin' Kids included their version as a hidden bonus track on their 2002 album Hurry Up and Wait.
  • On September 29th, 2001, the British band Radiohead began their song Everything in Its Right Place with an excerpt of the song.

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Trivia

  • This song was the first song played on the Cleveland, OH radio station 107.9 "The End,".[3] referring to its position on a radio dial. It also was the final song ever played, looping on repeat for the station's final twenty-four hours. Other stations have done similar continuous plays, such as 93X of Minneapolis in the late 90's.
  • The debate community has long rumored that the song is a reference to policy debate. This flows from the rapid-fire delivery (similar to "spread" speech in a policy round), the myriad ways the end of the world will occur (policy debates often devolve into competing claims that the opponent's advocacy will cause the end of the world), and other staples of debate rounds (e.g., "A tournament, a tournament, a tournament of lies. Offer me solutions, offer me alternatives and I decline.").
  • The song is heard at the beginning of the film Independence Day just before the alien signal is received. Similarly, it was heard in the film Chicken Little, during the apparent alien invasion. It also appeared in a scene in Tommy Boy, in which the main characters start singing along but quickly prove unable to follow the lyrics; a similar scene is performed by Homer Simpson in "Homer the Moe" (Leonid whats-his-name/Herman Munster Motorcade/Birthday party/Cheetos/Pogo sticks and lemonade/You symbiotic stupid jerk/That's right, Flanders/I am talking about you!"), a 2001 episode of The Simpsons in which R.E.M. guest-star as themselves. The song was also played on FOX after the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004.
  • In the 2001 video game Max Payne there is a reference of the song. During the game, New York City is suffering what the game refers to as "the worst winter storm in history" and at one point in the game, two homeless junkies are standing around a barrel fire and one remarks to the other one "It's the end of the world as we know it and I don't feel fine... I don't feel anything"
  • The song is also parodied at the beginning of Comedy Central's Last Laugh 2006 special, where the opening lyrics of the song are changed to random major figures and events from the year of 2006.
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as the world is being taken over by Triceratons, one of the turtles says "It's the end of the world as we know it, and I sure don't feel fine."
  • Grey's Anatomy also had pair of episodes in their second season, one called "It's the End of the World" and the other is "(As We Know It)."
  • The song is also on the soundtrack of the 1990 film Flashback.
  • The song was referenced in the comic strip Pearls Before Swine, on May 27th, 2007. The strip starts with Pig and Rat (both wearing beer bongs) rocking out to the song and shouting out "Leonard Bernstein" in the end. A visibly exhausted Rat proclaims it as the greatest song in the world and Pig quips that they know only two words (those being Leonard Bernstein).
  • McDonalds replaced the Cinnamon Roll with new Cinnamon Melts in mid-2007. Some packages of the new Melts sport the line "It's the end of the roll as we know it...I'm lovin' it.", a reference to the song.

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See also

The band reportedly turned down $18 million to use the song in an advertising campaign announcing the launch of Microsoft Windows. The Rolling Stones happily accepted $12 million to slip their song "Start Me Up" into its place in the commercials. Apocalypticism is a worldview based on the idea that important matters are esoteric in nature (hidden) and they will soon be revealed in a major confrontation of earth-shaking magnitude that will change the course of history. ...


References

  1. ^ http://members.iinet.net.au/~darryl74/2004.html
  2. ^ "Michael Stipe wrote this after having a dream in which he was at a birthday party and everybody there had the initials L.B."
    Ventre, Michael (2005-10-29). Turn up the volume and cast your vote: Songs to inspire you for Election Day 2004. MSNBC. Archived from the original on 2004-11-04. Retrieved on 2006-09-01.
  3. ^ "This song was the first song played on the Cleveland, OH radio station 107.9 "The End""
    Blankenburg, Jeff (2006-11-29). Frequently Asked Questions About The End. Retrieved on 2006-11-29.

 
 

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