Listen: R. E. M. drops unknown live recording at Trump

R. E. M. has once again make their voices heard. The band, who already have five years no longer occurs, put a until now unknown live recording of the old World Leader Pretend online in the context of a campaign against Donald Trump.

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R. E. M. worked on the 30 Days, 30 Songs, a campaign of writer Dave Eggers (The circle, A hologram for the king) and producer Jordan Kurland. Each day, they place a protestsong of a participating artist online as a protest against the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Until now, covering songs by, among others, Death Cab for Cutie and Franz Ferdinand, new songs.

Now comes R. E. M. with a ongereleasete live recording of the old song World Leader Pretend. The original was Green, the picture from 1988 that also have the anti-Vietnamlied Orange Crush is featured. In a statement, called R. E. M. World Leader Pretend ‘is a perfect song for these strange times.’

Earlier, it was Donald Trump already collided with the group, because he is their hit It’s the End of the World as We Know It used at a campagnebijeenkomst without the consent of the band. ‘Flash at all, pathetic, aandachtshoerige, lusting for power, little men,” she said when frontman Michael Stipe and his associates. Use our music or my voice, not for your moronic campaign.’ (JVL)

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