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Shiny Happy People Single, Maxi, Import


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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
The Perfect song to calm anyone Jan. 10 1999
By myads@hotmail.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD and I knew about it before hand on the radio. I, at first, thought that it was the B-52's singing but to my surprise, it was R.E.M. at the helm. The song is very simple, anyone can learn the song in one sitting. It's all about happy people and having a good time and enjoying life. The song plays at a danceable beat and it repeats itself several times then it goes slow like it is about to end. Then it starts up very slow, like they ran out of breath. Then, the lead singer, Michael Stipe, sings, "Here we go...", which is my favorite part of the song. It's like, he's saying to the listener if you haven't joined in all the fun, here is your chance now. Then the music changes and Michael Stipe and one of the singers from the B52's, Kate Peirson, sings the chorus. I can't help but sing along and be happy if I'm not already in the mood. It's a great "picker-upper" when you're down in the dumps.Kudos to the infinate power!
The Ultimate Guily Pleasure Song Sept. 13 2011
By Andre M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Yes, I will admit, this song is so wack, corny, lame, and silly that I can't help but love it.

Essentially, it's a sendup of the type of Partridge family/Archies/Osmond Brothers type of early 70s tune that you would hear on AM radio in the mornings before going to school or as a soundtrack to a cartoon of the era with teenagers riding a dune buggy against a background of psychedelic rainbows. If you were there in the 70s (as REM was as kids), you'll "get it." Or perhaps you saw the hoot of a video, with the charming scene with the black child and the old man and the people doing the wacky "shiny happy dance" near the end with our heroes boogeying with some (somehow) straight-faced extras and their fellow Athenians the B-52s. A real delightfully dumb knee slapper. "We Are the World" with a wink.

A lot of hardcore REM fans hate this tune, seeing it as a pop-oriented sellout song in comparison to their usually darker fare. The band themselves is said to hate it today. Come on people! Lighten up! The song is about one thing-FUN! If you can't have that, then I'm sorry for you.
I LOVE this song! June 12 2008
By lolita6793 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
and wish it was in a "best of" album instead of it's own single album. But then, I also love the B-52s :)
0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
SHINY HAPPY PRODUCT Jan. 9 2007
By R. Rushing - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
At the time, I considered this the moment when REM jumped the shark.

A glib, unimaginative tune, with a few "alternative superstars"

in the video to improve sales, etc. Listening to it now, my opinion hasn't really changed. This marks the moment when the band loses much of its credibility and status. I really believe that REM is badly underappreciated today, and this perceived "sell out" is the reason.


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