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Shiny Happy People Single, Maxi, Import
|1. Forty second song|
|2. Losing my religion (live acoustic)|
|3. I remember California (live)|
|4. Get up (live)|
|5. Pop song '89 (live)|
Tracks: Shiny Happy People 3:44 / Forty Seconds Song 1:21 / Losing My Religion [Live Acoustic Vers.] 4:36
The follow-up single to the megahit 'Losing My Religion' (a live version is included on this single as an exclusive b-side. Look beyond the smiling faces in the video for a bit more meaning to the lyrics.
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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.
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.