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R.E.M.

Bad Day

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“Bad Day” is one of two previously unreleased songs on and the lead single from R.E.M.‘s 2003 compilation . The song first appeared in 1985, when Michael Stipe sang a few words of it during a concert in Albany, New York, as part of the Reconstruction tour. Then, around the time of Lifes Rich Pageant, the song emerged in a more polished version with the title “PSA”—an abbreviation for “public service announcement”. An anti-media rant inspired by a day Stipe found a camcorder lens in his face when he answered the front door, the song was never released but did serve as a sort of forerunner to “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)“, a song with a similar cadence and delivery. In 1999, REM revisited the song after a well publicized late night spat... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ Its been a bad day ... Count your blessings ... We're sick of being jerked around

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