Song of the Day: R.E.M. – “Orange Crush”

Happy birthday to R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, who turns 56 years old today. This is my favorite song by R.E.M. and I would imagine it’s the favorite of some fans as well. The song is about an American football player who has been called off to fight in the Vietnam War, with the song title a reference to Agent Orange. The song spent eight weeks atop the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks despite not being released as a single.

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“Michael Stipe at Langerado 2008” by Stephen Moyles – Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons –

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