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  • 1. 

    Which R.E.M. member caused a disturbance on a 2001 flight to London?

    • A.

      Michael Stipe

    • B.

      Peter Buck

    • C.

      Mike Mills

    • D.

      Bill Berry

    Correct Answer
    B. Peter Buck
    Explanation
    Peter Buck, a member of the band R.E.M., caused a disturbance on a 2001 flight to London.

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  • 2. 

    Which member of R.E.M. is the godfather of Frances Bean Cobain?

    • A.

      Mike Mills

    • B.

      Peter Buck

    • C.

      Michael Stipe

    • D.

      Bill Berry

    Correct Answer
    C. Michael Stipe
    Explanation
    Michael Stipe is the correct answer because he is the godfather of Frances Bean Cobain. Being a godfather means having a special role in someone's life, usually as a mentor or guardian. In this case, Michael Stipe, a member of R.E.M., has been chosen to fulfill this role for Frances Bean Cobain, the daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love.

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  • 3. 

    Which of these songs did R.E.M. write for the "Man On The Moon" soundtrack?

    • A.

      Suspicion

    • B.

      Find the River

    • C.

      The Great Beyond

    • D.

      At My Most Beautiful

    Correct Answer
    C. The Great Beyond
    Explanation
    "The Great Beyond" is the correct answer because it is a song written by R.E.M. specifically for the "Man On The Moon" soundtrack. The other three options, "Suspicion," "Find the River," and "At My Most Beautiful," are not associated with that soundtrack.

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  • 4. 

    Which R.E.M. song begins with the lyrics, "This flower is scorched"?

    • A.

      Animal

    • B.

      So Fast, So Numb

    • C.

      Country Feedback

    • D.

      At My Most Beautiful

    Correct Answer
    C. Country Feedback
    Explanation
    "Country Feedback" is the correct answer because it is a song by R.E.M. that begins with the lyrics, "This flower is scorched."

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  • 5. 

    Which Wire song did R.E.M. cover on their album "Document"?

    • A.

      Reuters

    • B.

      Strange

    • C.

      It's So Obvious

    • D.

      Pink Flag

    Correct Answer
    B. Strange
    Explanation
    R.E.M. covered the Wire song "Strange" on their album "Document".

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  • 6. 

    Which R.E.M. album featured the singles "Orange Crush" and "Stand"?

    • A.

      Document

    • B.

      Green

    • C.

      Out Of Time

    • D.

      Lifes Rich Pageant

    Correct Answer
    B. Green
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Green." "Green" is an album by R.E.M. that was released in 1988. It featured the singles "Orange Crush" and "Stand," both of which became popular hits. This album marked a shift in R.E.M.'s sound, incorporating more upbeat and pop-oriented elements compared to their previous releases.

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  • 7. 

    In 1992, R.E.M.'s album "Out Of Time" won which Grammy Award?

    • A.

      Best Alternative Album

    • B.

      Album Of The Year

    • C.

      Best Rock Album

    • D.

      Best Album Cover

    Correct Answer
    A. Best Alternative Album
    Explanation
    "Out Of Time" is an album by R.E.M. released in 1991. It was a departure from their previous sound and showcased a more alternative and experimental style. The album was critically acclaimed and commercially successful, reaching the top of the charts and producing hit singles such as "Losing My Religion" and "Shiny Happy People". Given the alternative nature of the album and its impact on the music industry, it is plausible that it won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Album in 1992.

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  • 8. 

    What is the title of R.E.M.'s 1988 greatest hits compilation?

    • A.

      R.E.M.: In The Attic

    • B.

      Eponymous

    • C.

      R.E.M.: Singles Collected

    • D.

      Dead Letter Office

    Correct Answer
    B. Eponymous
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Eponymous." "Eponymous" is the title of R.E.M.'s 1988 greatest hits compilation album. The term "eponymous" refers to something that is named after a person or group, in this case, the album is self-titled. This album features some of R.E.M.'s most popular songs from their earlier albums, making it a compilation of their greatest hits.

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  • 9. 

    What was R.E.M.'s first extended-play release?

    • A.

      Reckoning

    • B.

      Murmur

    • C.

      Chronic Town

    • D.

      Radio Free Europe

    Correct Answer
    C. Chronic Town
    Explanation
    Chronic Town was R.E.M.'s first extended-play release. This EP, released in 1982, featured five songs including "Wolves, Lower" and "Gardening at Night." It was well-received by critics and helped establish R.E.M.'s unique sound and style. The success of Chronic Town laid the foundation for the band's future success and their influential career in the alternative rock genre.

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  • 10. 

    In R.E.M.'s "At My Most Beautiful", what does Michael Stipe sing about counting?

    • A.

      Sheep

    • B.

      Eyelashes

    • C.

      Cards

    • D.

      Jalapeno Peppers

    Correct Answer
    B. Eyelashes
    Explanation
    In R.E.M.'s "At My Most Beautiful," Michael Stipe sings about counting eyelashes. This suggests that the lyrics of the song focus on a romantic or intimate moment where the singer is captivated by the beauty of someone's eyelashes. The act of counting them implies a sense of admiration and attention to detail, emphasizing the singer's affection or infatuation with the person in question.

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  • 11. 

    What name did the members of R.E.M. originally pick for their band?

    • A.

      Twisted Kites

    • B.

      Stiff Kitties

    • C.

      Tangled Web

    • D.

      Crossed Wires

    Correct Answer
    A. Twisted Kites
    Explanation
    The members of R.E.M. originally picked the name "Twisted Kites" for their band.

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  • 12. 

    Who painted the cover for R.E.M.'s album "Reckoning"?

    • A.

      Judith Scott

    • B.

      Howard Finster

    • C.

      Bill Berry

    • D.

      Karl Brendel

    Correct Answer
    B. Howard Finster
    Explanation
    Howard Finster painted the cover for R.E.M.'s album "Reckoning".

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  • 13. 

    R.E.M.'s 1981 single "Radio Free Europe" was later re-recorded for what album?

    • A.

      Document

    • B.

      Fables Of The Reconstruction

    • C.

      Reckoning

    • D.

      Murmur

    Correct Answer
    D. Murmur
    Explanation
    R.E.M.'s 1981 single "Radio Free Europe" was later re-recorded for their debut studio album, "Murmur." This album was released in 1983 and received critical acclaim, establishing R.E.M. as one of the leading alternative rock bands of the time. "Murmur" featured a more polished version of "Radio Free Europe" and showcased the band's unique sound and lyrical style.

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  • 14. 

    R.E.M. shot their first ever video for which song on the EP "Chronic Town"?

    • A.

      Wolves, Lower

    • B.

      1,000,000

    • C.

      Gardening At Night

    • D.

      Stumble

    Correct Answer
    A. Wolves, Lower
    Explanation
    R.E.M. shot their first ever video for the song "Wolves, Lower" on the EP "Chronic Town".

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  • 15. 

    R.E.M.'s first national television appearance was on which show?

    • A.

      Saturday Night Live

    • B.

      The Tonight Show

    • C.

      Late Night With David Letterman

    • D.

      American Bandstand

    Correct Answer
    C. Late Night With David Letterman
    Explanation
    R.E.M.'s first national television appearance was on Late Night With David Letterman. This show was known for featuring alternative and underground bands, making it a fitting platform for R.E.M., who gained popularity in the indie rock scene. Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show were more mainstream and American Bandstand focused on pop music, so Late Night With David Letterman was the most likely choice for R.E.M.'s debut television performance.

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  • 16. 

    Which R.E.M. song contains the French lyric, "Combien du temps"?

    • A.

      Perfect Circle

    • B.

      We Walk

    • C.

      Talk About The Passion

    • D.

      West Of The Fields

    Correct Answer
    C. Talk About The Passion
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Talk About The Passion." This song by R.E.M. includes the French lyric "Combien du temps."

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  • 17. 

    Which R.E.M. album featured the single "(Don't Go Back To) Rockville"?

    • A.

      Murmur

    • B.

      Monster

    • C.

      Reckoning

    • D.

      Fables Of The Reconstruction

    Correct Answer
    C. Reckoning
    Explanation
    "Reckoning" is the correct answer because it is the only album listed that features the single "(Don't Go Back To) Rockville". "Murmur" does not include this single, and neither does "Monster" or "Fables Of The Reconstruction". Therefore, "Reckoning" is the album that should be associated with the single.

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  • 18. 

    Where did R.E.M. get the idea for their name?

    • A.

      A Science Class

    • B.

      A Dream

    • C.

      A Dictionary

    • D.

      A Friend's Initials

    Correct Answer
    C. A Dictionary
    Explanation
    R.E.M. got the idea for their name from a dictionary. This suggests that they found inspiration for their band name by looking up words or phrases in a dictionary and came across "R.E.M." which resonated with them and they decided to adopt it as their name.

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  • 19. 

    Who produced R.E.M.'s album "Fables Of The Reconstruction"?

    • A.

      Elliot Mazer

    • B.

      Van Dyke Parks

    • C.

      Hugh Padgham

    • D.

      Joe Boyd

    Correct Answer
    D. Joe Boyd
    Explanation
    Joe Boyd is the correct answer because he is the producer of R.E.M.'s album "Fables Of The Reconstruction." Producers are responsible for overseeing the recording process, working with the artists to achieve their desired sound, and making creative decisions. In this case, Joe Boyd was the one who worked with R.E.M. to produce the album, ensuring that it met their artistic vision and sound.

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  • 20. 

    Which R.E.M. song begins with the lyrics, "When the world is a monster"?

    • A.

      Can't Get There From Here

    • B.

      Finest Worksong

    • C.

      Burning Hell

    • D.

      Fall On Me

    Correct Answer
    A. Can't Get There From Here
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Can't Get There From Here." This song by R.E.M. starts with the lyrics, "When the world is a monster."

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  • 21. 

    What R.E.M. song did Hootie & the Blowfish cover on "Scattered, Smothered & Covered"?

    • A.

      Orange Crush

    • B.

      Driver 8

    • C.

      Losing My Religion

    • D.

      Superman

    Correct Answer
    B. Driver 8
    Explanation
    Hootie & the Blowfish covered the R.E.M. song "Driver 8" on their album "Scattered, Smothered & Covered".

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  • 22. 

    Which R.E.M. album features the songs "Maps And Legends" and "Wendell Gee"?

    • A.

      Murmur

    • B.

      Automatic For The People

    • C.

      Reckoning

    • D.

      Fables Of The Reconstruction

    Correct Answer
    D. Fables Of The Reconstruction
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Fables Of The Reconstruction. This album by R.E.M. includes the songs "Maps And Legends" and "Wendell Gee".

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  • 23. 

    Which member of R.E.M. appears on the cover of the album "Lifes Rich Pageant"?

    • A.

      Michael Stipe

    • B.

      Peter Buck

    • C.

      Bill Berry

    • D.

      Mike Mills

    Correct Answer
    C. Bill Berry
    Explanation
    Bill Berry appears on the cover of the album "Lifes Rich Pageant".

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  • 24. 

    The R.E.M. single "Superman" is a cover of a song by which band?

    • A.

      Blue October

    • B.

      The Favorites

    • C.

      The Clique

    • D.

      The Beloved

    Correct Answer
    C. The Clique
    Explanation
    The correct answer is The Clique. The question is asking which band originally performed the song "Superman" that was covered by R.E.M. The Clique is the correct answer because they are the original band that recorded and released the song "Superman" in 1969. R.E.M. later covered the song and released their version as a single in 1986.

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  • 25. 

    What is the title of the first R.E.M. video collection?

    • A.

      When The Light Is Mine

    • B.

      Feeling Gravitys Pull

    • C.

      Succumbs

    • D.

      Live And How To Live It

    Correct Answer
    C. Succumbs
  • 26. 

    What was the first R.E.M. song to have its lyrics printed in the album packaging?

    • A.

      Can't Get There From Here

    • B.

      Losing My Religion

    • C.

      World Leader Pretend

    • D.

      The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite

    Correct Answer
    C. World Leader Pretend
    Explanation
    "World Leader Pretend" was the first R.E.M. song to have its lyrics printed in the album packaging. This means that when the album containing this song was released, the lyrics for "World Leader Pretend" were included in the album's packaging, allowing listeners to read along as they listened to the song. This practice of printing lyrics in album packaging became more common in the music industry as a way for fans to better understand and connect with the songs they were listening to.

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  • 27. 

    What was the first R.E.M. album on which Peter Buck played the mandolin?

    • A.

      Automatic For The People

    • B.

      Green

    • C.

      Document

    • D.

      Murmur

    Correct Answer
    B. Green
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Green." This album, released in 1988, was the first R.E.M. album on which Peter Buck played the mandolin. The mandolin became a prominent instrument in R.E.M.'s sound, and Buck's use of it can be heard on several tracks on the "Green" album.

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  • 28. 

    Who did the string arrangements for R.E.M.'s album "Automatic For The People"?

    • A.

      Leonard Cohen

    • B.

      Warren Zevon

    • C.

      John Paul Jones

    • D.

      Robyn Hitchcock

    Correct Answer
    C. John Paul Jones
    Explanation
    John Paul Jones is the correct answer because he is credited with doing the string arrangements for R.E.M.'s album "Automatic For The People." Jones is a renowned musician and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the bassist and keyboardist for the rock band Led Zeppelin. His expertise in arranging and composing music made him a suitable choice for R.E.M. to collaborate with on their album.

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  • 29. 

    Which R.E.M. song features Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore on backing vocals?

    • A.

      The Wake-Up Bomb

    • B.

      Star 69

    • C.

      Crush With Eyeliner

    • D.

      New Test Leper

    Correct Answer
    C. Crush With Eyeliner
    Explanation
    "Crush With Eyeliner" is the correct answer because it is the only song among the given options that features Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore on backing vocals. The presence of Thurston Moore on this track adds an extra layer of depth and texture to the song, showcasing the collaboration between R.E.M. and Sonic Youth.

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  • 30. 

    Which song on R.E.M.'s album "Monster" was written about Kurt Cobain?

    • A.

      I Don't Sleep, I Dream

    • B.

      Let Me In

    • C.

      You

    • D.

      Star 69

    Correct Answer
    B. Let Me In
    Explanation
    "Let Me In" is the correct answer because it is a well-known fact that the song was written by Michael Stipe as a tribute to Kurt Cobain, the lead singer of Nirvana, who tragically took his own life. The lyrics of the song express Stipe's grief and sadness over Cobain's death, making it a poignant tribute to the late musician.

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  • 31. 

    Patti Smith sang backing vocals on which R.E.M. song?

    • A.

      What's The Frequency, Kenneth?

    • B.

      E-Bow The Letter

    • C.

      Strange Currencies

    • D.

      I'll Take The Rain

    Correct Answer
    B. E-Bow The Letter
    Explanation
    Patti Smith sang backing vocals on the R.E.M. song "E-Bow The Letter."

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  • 32. 

    R.E.M. gave Leonard Cohen a songwriting credit for which song on their album "Up"?

    • A.

      Daysleeper

    • B.

      Hope

    • C.

      Lotus

    • D.

      Walk Unafraid

    Correct Answer
    B. Hope
    Explanation
    R.E.M. gave Leonard Cohen a songwriting credit for the song "Hope" on their album "Up".

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  • 33. 

    Which R.E.M. song appeared on the soundtrack of the 2001 movie "Vanilla Sky"?

    • A.

      Pop Song 89

    • B.

      All The Right Friends

    • C.

      Bad Day

    • D.

      Talk About The Passion

    Correct Answer
    B. All The Right Friends
    Explanation
    "All The Right Friends" is the correct answer because it is the only R.E.M. song that appeared on the soundtrack of the 2001 movie "Vanilla Sky". The other songs listed, "Pop Song 89", "Bad Day", and "Talk About The Passion", are not associated with this particular movie.

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  • 34. 

    Which R.E.M. album is a compilation of hits from their recordings for Warner Bros.?

    • A.

      And I Feel Fine

    • B.

      Eponymous

    • C.

      Dead Letter Office

    • D.

      In Time: The Best of R.E.M.

    Correct Answer
    D. In Time: The Best of R.E.M.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "In Time: The Best of R.E.M." This album is a compilation of hits from R.E.M.'s recordings for Warner Bros. It features some of their most popular songs from their time with the label, making it a collection of their best work.

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  • 35. 

    Which song on R.E.M.'s album "Around The Sun" features a performance by rapper Q-Tip?

    • A.

      Worst Joke Ever

    • B.

      The Outsiders

    • C.

      Electron Blue

    • D.

      Final Straw

    Correct Answer
    B. The Outsiders
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "The Outsiders." This song on R.E.M.'s album "Around The Sun" features a performance by rapper Q-Tip.

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  • 36. 

    The lyric "like a koi in a frozen pond" is from which R.E.M. song?

    • A.

      I'll Take The Rain

    • B.

      At My Most Beautiful

    • C.

      Imitation Of Life

    • D.

      Electron Blue

    Correct Answer
    C. Imitation Of Life
    Explanation
    The lyric "like a koi in a frozen pond" is from the song "Imitation Of Life" by R.E.M.

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  • 37. 

    Which band does R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck play in with Scott McCaughey?

    • A.

      Dishwalla

    • B.

      Rage Against The Machine

    • C.

      The Minus 5

    • D.

      The Posies

    Correct Answer
    C. The Minus 5
    Explanation
    Peter Buck, the guitarist of R.E.M., plays in The Minus 5 with Scott McCaughey. The Minus 5 is a rock band formed in 1993 by Buck and McCaughey, along with other musicians. They have released several albums and collaborated with various artists throughout their career.

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  • 38. 

    For which song did R.E.M. release a completely animated video?

    • A.

      Nightswimming

    • B.

      Bad Day

    • C.

      E-Bow The Letter

    • D.

      I'll Take The Rain

    Correct Answer
    D. I'll Take The Rain
    Explanation
    R.E.M. released a completely animated video for the song "I'll Take The Rain".

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  • 39. 

    What is the title of the R.E.M. DVD release featuring a 2003 concert in Germany?

    • A.

      Pop Screen

    • B.

      Tourfilm

    • C.

      This Film Is On

    • D.

      Perfect Square

    Correct Answer
    D. Perfect Square
    Explanation
    "Perfect Square" is the correct answer because it is the title of the R.E.M. DVD release that features a 2003 concert in Germany.

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  • 40. 

    Which R.E.M. video starred Rain Phoenix as a cellist?

    • A.

      Imitation Of Life

    • B.

      At My Most Beautiful

    • C.

      Suspicion

    • D.

      The Wake-Up Bomb

    Correct Answer
    B. At My Most Beautiful
    Explanation
    In the music video for "At My Most Beautiful" by R.E.M., Rain Phoenix portrays a cellist. The video features various scenes of the band performing the song, and Rain Phoenix's character adds a visual element by playing the cello. The video captures the beauty and emotional depth of the song through her performance and adds an additional layer of artistry to the overall visual experience.

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  • 41. 

    Which R.E.M. album features the songs "Circus Envy" and "I Took Your Name"?

    • A.

      New Adventures In Hi-Fi

    • B.

      Automatic For The People

    • C.

      Up

    • D.

      Monster

    Correct Answer
    D. Monster
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Monster." This album by R.E.M. includes the songs "Circus Envy" and "I Took Your Name." Released in 1994, "Monster" is known for its alternative rock sound and was a commercial success for the band.

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