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"Losing My Religion"
"Losing My Religion" cover
Single by R.E.M.
from the album Out of Time
Released 19 February 1991 (US)
25 February 1991 (UK)
Format CD, 7", 12"
Recorded 1990
Genre Alternative rock
Length 4:28
Label Warner Bros.
Producer(s) Scott Litt & R.E.M.
Peak chart positions
R.E.M. singles chronology
"Get Up"
(1989)
"Losing My Religion"
(1991)
"Shiny Happy People"
(1991)

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Contents

Background

"Losing My Religion" is an expression from the southern region of the United States, and means losing one's temper or civility, or "flying off the handle". The song itself was described by singer and lyricist Michael Stipe as covering similar thematic ground to "Every Breath You Take" by The Police, and is, despite the title and the video, entirely irreligious in its subject matter. He has also stated that the song was inspired by the Sinead O'Connor song "The Emperor's New Clothes". For temperament in dog fancy, see conformation point. ... Shortcut: WP:civ Part of Wikipedia:Policies and guidelines Civility is a rule here on Wikipedia. ... John Michael Stipe (born January 4, 1960 in Decatur, Georgia) is the lead singer of the American rock band R.E.M. Stipe has become well-known (and occasionally parodied) for the mumbling style of his early career and for his complex, surreal lyrics, as well as his social and... Every Breath You Take is a song written by Sting and originally performed by The Police. ... The Police are a three-piece rock band consisting of singer/bassist Sting (Gordon Sumner), guitarist Andy Summers, and drummer Stewart Copeland. ... Sinéad OConnor (born December 8, 1966) is an Irish pop singer and songwriter. ...


Although becoming the biggest hit for the band in the U.S., peaking at #4, it became a minor hit in the United Kingdom, where it charted at #19 on the UK Singles Chart despite having had a lot of airplay. "Losing My Religion" still receives considerable air time and is possibly the best-known R.E.M. song. It won the 1991 Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. “Hot 100” redirects here. ... “British Hit Singles” redirects here. ... The 33rd Grammy Awards were held on February 20, 1991. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal has been awarded since 1966. ...


The song was placed on R.E.M.'s Warner Bros. compilation album In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003 in 2003. It was the only song from Out of Time to get onto the album, as the band left out the worldwide top ten hit "Shiny Happy People", amongst other songs. In November 2004, Rolling Stone magazine listed the song at #169 on its list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Warner Bros. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Shiny Happy People is a song by the band R.E.M. It appeared on their 1991 album Out of Time and was released as a single in the same year. ... This article is about the magazine. ...


Covers and references

  • The song title was used as the title to the second season finale of Grey's Anatomy.
  • The song was made "Dylan & Brenda's song" on the television series Beverly Hills 90210
  • In the Weird Al Yankovic song "Polka Your Eyes Out", part of this song is covered in the style of Polka.
  • Tori Amos recorded the song for the Higher Learning soundtrack and has performed the song live several times.
  • Several of the Tori Amos versions have made it onto P2P networks under Alanis Morissette's name, despite the latter never covering it.
  • The post-hardcore band Scary Kids Scaring Kids covered the song for the Punk Goes '90s compilation.
  • The melodic black metal band Graveworm covered the song on the album Engraved in Black.
  • Rock Star: INXS contestant Suzie McNeil performed an original, heavier re-arrangement of the song on the reality TV show, and received a very positive review from the judges. She shockingly landed in the Bottom 3 the following night, but survived.
  • Rock Star: Supernova contestant Ryan Star performed the song on the reality TV show to an overwhelming response.
  • Immortal Technique mentioned this song in his own song, Crossing the Boundary, in which he says "Like them white boys, Losin' my religion!".
  • German pop group Preluders covered the song for their first studio album Girls in the House
  • Anthony Rapp performed this song for his audition for the original production of Rent (musical)
  • Recently, Dolapdere Big Gang made an alaturca cover which is present on their debut album.

This article is about the television series. ... Beverly Hills 90210 was a popular primetime television soap opera that aired from October 1990 to May 2000 on the Fox Network in the United States and subsequently on various networks around the world. ... This article is about the musician. ... Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos on August 22, 1963) is an American pianist and singer-songwriter. ... For other uses, see Higher Learning (disambiguation). ... Scary Kids Scaring Kids is a post-hardcore band from Gilbert, Arizona. ... Punk Goes 90s is a compilation of the Punk Goes. ... Graveworm is a Gothic/Melodic Black Metal band with members from Italy and Germany formed in 1992. ... Engraved In Black is an album by Graveworm, released in 2003 through Nuclear Blast. ... Rock Star is a television series in which aspiring singers compete to become the lead singer of a featured group. ... Suzie McNeil (born October 15, 1976) is a Canadian rock / soul vocalist based in Toronto, ON. In 2005 McNeil was a contestant on the CBS reality show Rock Star: INXS, a televised competition to find a new lead singer for the band INXS. McNeil made it to the final four... Rock Star is a television series in which aspiring singers compete to become the lead singer of a featured group. ... Ryan Star (born January 7, 1978) is a singer/songwriter, pianist, guitarist and reality television contestant. ... Felipe Coronel (born February 19, 1978), better known as Immortal Technique, is a hip hop MC and political activist. ... The Preluders were an all-female band from Germany, formed in 2003 during the third season of the international television talent show Popstars - Das Duell. ... Girls in the House is the debut studio album by German pop group Preluders, released on November 24, 2003 (see 2003 in music) on Polydors sublabel Cheyenne Records. ... Anthony Dean Rapp (b. ... Rent is a rock musical, with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson[1] based on Giacomo Puccinis opera La bohème. ... Dolapdere Big Gang established in the middle of 2004 by DJ producer Önder Ulugür. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Music video

The video, directed by Tarsem Singh, was declared Best Video of the Year at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards. The video also won for Best Group Video of the Year, Best Breakthrough Video, Best Art Direction in a Video, Best Director of a Video and Best Editing of a Video. Tarsem Singh (born May 26, 1961) is a music video and commercial director. ... The MTV Video Music Awards were established in 1984 by MTV to celebrate the top music videos of the year. ...


The video is heavy with religious imagery, and notably features images of Saint Sebastian and Hindu deities, portrayed in a style influenced by the esthetics of the French photographers Pierre et Gilles. Soviet poster art imagery is also prominently featured, and the overall dark tone and lighting was heavily inspired by the paintings of Caravaggio.[1] Contrary to popular belief,[1] the promotional music video was not banned in Ireland due to its use of religious imagery because the Republic does not ban music videos. “Sebastian” redirects here. ... Pierre et Gilles, Pierre Commoy and Gilles Blanchard, are gay French artistic and romantic partners. ... The term Soviet art refers to visual art produced in the former Soviet Union. ... For other uses, see Caravaggio (disambiguation). ... A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... Although the Republic of Ireland does not currently exercise much (almost none) censorship in practice, the state has wide-ranging laws which allow censorship, and has specific laws covering films, advertisements, newspapers and magazines, as well as terrorism and pornography. ...


The concept of the video is based on Gabriel Garcia Marquez' short story, "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings", which told the story of an angel who fell from Heaven, and people made money off of putting him on display.[1] The first scene is based on a scene from Andrei Tarkovsky's Offret. Gabriel Garcia Marquez Gabriel García Márquez (born March 6, 1928) is a Colombian novelist, journalist, publisher, and political activist. ... A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings (Spanish:Un señor muy viejo con unas alas enormes) is a fictional short story by author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. ... “Tarkovsky” redirects here. ...


Ranks

  • This video was ranked #3 on Rolling Stone magazine's The 100 Top Music Videos.
  • This video was ranked #13 on MTV's 100 Greatest Videos Ever Made.
  • This video was ranked #19 on VH1's 100 Greatest Videos.

This article is about the magazine. ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994) is an American cable television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently part of the MTV Networks division...

Single covers

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Track listing

All songs written by Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe. William Bill Thomas Berry (born July 31, 1958) was the drummer in alternative rock band R.E.M. for 17 years, before retiring from the group and becoming a farmer. ... Peter Lawrence Buck (born 6 December 1956 in Berkeley, California) is the guitarist and co-founder, along with Bill Berry, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe of the alternative rock band R.E.M. // After spending time in Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Buck family moved to Atlanta, Georgia. ... Michael Edward Mills (born December 17, 1958 in Orange County, California) is the bass player of the band R.E.M. As a young boy, he moved with his family to Macon, Georgia in the early 60s. ... John Michael Stipe (born January 4, 1960 in Decatur, Georgia) is the lead singer of the American rock band R.E.M. Stipe has become well-known (and occasionally parodied) for the mumbling style of his early career and for his complex, surreal lyrics, as well as his social and...


7" Single

  1. "Losing My Religion" – 4:29
  2. "Rotary Eleven" – 2:32

12" and CD Single

  1. "Losing My Religion" – 4:29
  2. "Rotary Eleven" – 2:32
  3. "After Hours" (Lou Reed) (live)1 – 2:08

Lewis Reed[1] (born March 2, 1942) is an American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. ...

UK "Collector's Edition" CD 1

  1. "Losing My Religion" – 4:29
  2. "Stand" (live)1 – 3:21
  3. "Turn You Inside-Out" (live)1 – 4:23
  4. "World Leader Pretend" (live)1 – 4:24

UK "Collector's Edition" CD 2

  1. "Losing My Religion" – 4:29
  2. "Fretless" – 4:51
  3. "Losing My Religion (Live Acoustic Version/Rockline)" – 4:38
  4. "Rotary Eleven" – 2:32

1 Taken from the live performance video, Tourfilm. Tourfilm (1990) is a documentary-style concert film by American rock band R.E.M. The film chronicles the bands 1989 Green tour of North America. ...


Certifications

Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA Gold September 12, 1991

is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ...

References

  1. ^ a b c "Episode 3". Pop-up Video. VH1.

Pop-Up Video was a popular VH1 show that popped up bubbles ( ) — officially called info nuggets — containing trivia and spry witticisms throughout music videos. ...

External links

  • Video sample at R.E.M.hq
  • Losing My Religion at YouTube
Preceded by
"Right Here, Right Now" by Jesus Jones
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
March 16, 1991 - May 4, 1991
Succeeded by
"See the Lights" by Simple Minds

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Losing my religion - Salon (720 words)
My mother is a fl evangelical Christian -- and a staunch Democrat.
My church's brand of evangelicalism was so strict women couldn't wear pants, makeup or jewelry.
My church believed in speaking in tongues; believed that a good Christian went to Wednesday night prayer meeting and Thursday night Bible study, in addition to Sunday school, Sunday worship, Sunday dinner at the church and the two-hour Sunday fellowship that followed.
Losing My Religion (6904 words)
My outlook on life sways from positive to a negative very quickly, and this from the life I was born into.
My mother and father were incapable of the kind of love they desired to offer us kids - I realize that now, they never saw their parents parent them.
But my solution is simple and is one I live by, we have the right to question our respective churces on their practices if they do not follow the intentions of the biblical writers.
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