What WHAP’s Listening To

Song: “Living Well is the Best Revenge (Acoustic)”
Band: R.E.M.
Album: Accelerate (out 4/1 on Warner Bros.)

R.E.M. is back this Spring with Accelerate — their 14th album in 28 years — and we’re digging this acoustic take on the lead single, “Living Well is the Best Revenge.” In a clip that brings to mind Radiohead’s “Karma Police,” Michael Stipe & Co. churn through four minutes of obscure, jaunty college rock on the way to Stipe’s house (that’s no joke; fast forward to the end to hear Mike give directions to the driver). At very least, “Living” is a promising leadoff track from the legendary band, who’ve had a tough time breaking the pop charts since the turn of the century. You can pick up the vid for free on iTunes until next Tuesday.


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