Man On The Moon ~ Man On The Moon: Music From Th
Andy Kaufman, an American comedian who died in 1984, was the inspiration behind one of REM
's best-known songs. The biopic, starring Jim Carrey as Kaufman, borrows its title from REM's song and also finds the band providing their first film soundtrack.
Besides the original "Man On The Moon", the soundtrack album features an orchestral version of the song and five instrumental backdrops specially composed by REM. Michael Stipe can also be heard duetting with Carrey (in character as Kaufman) on the charming "This Friendly World"; while the real Andy Kaufman gets to trounce Slim Whitman's "Rose Marie" and Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive". Musical muscle comes from the otherwise unavailable REM song, "The Great Beyond", an enigmatic ballad in the style of "Electrolite". But with Kaufman best-known in Europe for his role in the TV series Taxi, and the dialogue snatches and incidental music having little real meaning outside the film, this is really only for REM completists. --Patrick Humphries