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  • 1. 

    Which obscure track sung by Mike Mills was added to R.E.M.'s "Life's Rich Pageant" album?

    • A.

      Superman

    • B.

      Go Speed Racer

    • C.

      Ray Parker

    • D.

      Gigantor

    Correct Answer
    A. Superman
    Explanation
    "Superman" is the correct answer because it is an obscure track sung by Mike Mills that was added to R.E.M.'s "Life's Rich Pageant" album.

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  • 2. 

    Which R.E.M. song begins with "Mott the Hoople and the game of life"?

    • A.

      Everybody Hurts

    • B.

      Sweetness Follows

    • C.

      Man On The Moon

    • D.

      Drive

    Correct Answer
    C. Man On The Moon
    Explanation
    "Man On The Moon" is the correct answer because it is the only R.E.M. song among the options that begins with the lyrics "Mott the Hoople and the game of life." This line is the opening line of the song, making it distinct and easily identifiable. The other options do not share this specific lyric at the beginning.

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  • 3. 

    What was the first record label to sign R.E.M.?

    • A.

      Mute Records

    • B.

      Warner Brothers

    • C.

      I.R.S. Records

    • D.

      Matador Records

    Correct Answer
    C. I.R.S. Records
    Explanation
    I.R.S. Records was the first record label to sign R.E.M. This label played a crucial role in launching the band's career and releasing their early albums. They provided the platform for R.E.M. to gain recognition and establish themselves in the music industry.

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  • 4. 

    Which R.E.M. song contains the lyric, "Lenny Bruce is not afraid"?

    • A.

      Ages Of You

    • B.

      Exhuming McCarthy

    • C.

      Stand

    • D.

      It's The End Of The World As We Know It

    Correct Answer
    D. It's The End Of The World As We Know It
    Explanation
    "It's The End Of The World As We Know It" is the correct answer because this R.E.M. song contains the lyric "Lenny Bruce is not afraid". The song is known for its fast-paced and chaotic lyrics, and it references various cultural and historical figures, including the famous comedian Lenny Bruce. The lyric suggests that Lenny Bruce, like the song's narrator, is not afraid of the impending chaos and uncertainty in the world.

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  • 5. 

    Which R.E.M. song won a Grammy in 1991?

    • A.

      Radio Song

    • B.

      Shiny Happy People

    • C.

      Losing My Religion

    • D.

      Near Wild Heaven

    Correct Answer
    C. Losing My Religion
    Explanation
    "Losing My Religion" won a Grammy in 1991. This song, released in 1991, became one of R.E.M.'s most successful and recognizable hits. It reached high positions on music charts worldwide and received critical acclaim. The song's unique blend of folk rock and alternative rock, combined with its introspective lyrics, struck a chord with listeners and solidified R.E.M.'s status as one of the leading bands of the era. The Grammy win further validated the song's impact and contributed to its enduring popularity.

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  • 6. 

    Which song on R.E.M.'s "Automatic For The People" is about suicide?

    • A.

      Everybody Hurts

    • B.

      Ignoreland

    • C.

      Find The River

    • D.

      Drive

    Correct Answer
    A. Everybody Hurts
    Explanation
    "Everybody Hurts" is the correct answer because the song's lyrics convey a message of empathy and support for those experiencing emotional pain and contemplating suicide. The song encourages listeners to hold on and seek solace in the fact that they are not alone in their struggles. Its somber tone and powerful lyrics make it a poignant and moving portrayal of the topic of suicide.

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  • 7. 

    Which song on R.E.M.'s "Automatic for the People" is about comedian Andy Kaufman?

    • A.

      Man On The Moon

    • B.

      Try Not To Breathe

    • C.

      Star Me Kitten

    • D.

      Monty Got A Raw Deal

    Correct Answer
    A. Man On The Moon
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Man On The Moon." This song is about comedian Andy Kaufman, who was known for his eccentric and unpredictable performances. The lyrics of the song reference Kaufman's career and his portrayal of characters like Tony Clifton. The title "Man On The Moon" also alludes to Kaufman's fascination with the idea of faking his own death and returning as an alien. The song pays tribute to Kaufman's unique style and the impact he had on the world of comedy.

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  • 8. 

    Which R.E.M. song includes the lyric, "I forgot my shirt at the water's edge"?

    • A.

      Low

    • B.

      Find The River

    • C.

      Nightswimming

    • D.

      Me In Honey

    Correct Answer
    C. Nightswimming
    Explanation
    "Nightswimming" is the correct answer because it is a song by R.E.M. that includes the lyric "I forgot my shirt at the water's edge." The other options, "Low," "Find The River," and "Me In Honey," do not contain this specific lyric.

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  • 9. 

    Which R.E.M. song was written about a 1986 assault on Dan Rather?

    • A.

      Chorus And The Ring

    • B.

      Stand

    • C.

      Bang And Blame

    • D.

      What's the Frequency, Kenneth?

    Correct Answer
    D. What's the Frequency, Kenneth?
    Explanation
    "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" is the correct answer because it is a well-known fact that this R.E.M. song was inspired by a real-life incident. In 1986, Dan Rather, a news anchor, was assaulted on the streets of New York City by a man who kept repeating the question, "What's the frequency, Kenneth?" The song's lyrics reflect the confusion and paranoia surrounding this incident, making it a fitting choice as the answer.

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  • 10. 

    The chorus of which R.E.M. song says, "Please don't take a picture"?

    • A.

      Bad Day

    • B.

      The Great Beyond

    • C.

      Imitation Of Life

    • D.

      Aftermath

    Correct Answer
    A. Bad Day
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Bad Day." This R.E.M. song features a chorus that includes the lyrics "Please don't take a picture."

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  • 11. 

    In which Georgia town did R.E.M. form?

    • A.

      Athens

    • B.

      Decatur

    • C.

      Augusta

    • D.

      Atlanta

    Correct Answer
    A. Athens
    Explanation
    R.E.M. formed in Athens, Georgia.

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  • 12. 

    Who played drums in the original lineup of R.E.M.?

    • A.

      Michael Stipe

    • B.

      Mike Mills

    • C.

      Bill Berry

    • D.

      Peter Buck

    Correct Answer
    C. Bill Berry
    Explanation
    Bill Berry played drums in the original lineup of R.E.M.

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  • 13. 

    Which legend rapped on R.E.M.'S "Radio Song"?

    • A.

      Mc Shy D

    • B.

      Krs-One

    • C.

      D.O.C.

    • D.

      Heavy D

    Correct Answer
    B. Krs-One
    Explanation
    Krs-One is the correct answer because he is a legendary rapper who collaborated with R.E.M. on their song "Radio Song." Krs-One's contribution to the track added a unique rap element to the song, showcasing his talent and adding to the overall appeal of the song.

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  • 14. 

    What was the name of R.E.M's first full-length album?

    • A.

      Fables Of The Reconstruction

    • B.

      Reckoning

    • C.

      Chronic Town

    • D.

      Murmur

    Correct Answer
    D. Murmur
    Explanation
    "Murmur" was the name of R.E.M's first full-length album. This album was released in 1983 and is considered a classic in alternative rock. It received critical acclaim for its unique sound, blending jangly guitars, cryptic lyrics, and Michael Stipe's distinctive vocals. "Murmur" helped establish R.E.M as one of the leading bands in the genre and set the stage for their successful career in the following decades.

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  • 15. 

    Which R.E.M. release did "Rolling Stone" choose as the best album of 1983?

    • A.

      Murmur

    • B.

      Reckoning

    • C.

      Fables Of The Reconstruction

    • D.

      Chronic Town

    Correct Answer
    A. Murmur
    Explanation
    "Murmur" was chosen as the best album of 1983 by "Rolling Stone".

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  • 16. 

    What is pictured on the cover of R.E.M.'s album "Murmur"?

    • A.

      A Photo Of The Band

    • B.

      An Abstract Painting

    • C.

      A Railroad Trestle

    • D.

      An Episcopalian Church

    Correct Answer
    C. A Railroad Trestle
    Explanation
    The correct answer is a railroad trestle. This means that the image on the cover of R.E.M.'s album "Murmur" is a depiction of a railroad trestle.

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  • 17. 

    Which R.E.M. album features the songs "Pilgrimage" and "Moral Kiosk"?

    • A.

      Document

    • B.

      Lifes Rich Pageant

    • C.

      Murmur

    • D.

      Green

    Correct Answer
    C. Murmur
    Explanation
    "Murmur" is the correct answer because it is the only album listed that features the songs "Pilgrimage" and "Moral Kiosk". "Document" does not include these songs, "Lifes Rich Pageant" does not include "Pilgrimage", and "Green" does not include "Moral Kiosk". Therefore, "Murmur" is the only album that fits the given criteria.

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  • 18. 

    What is the title of R.E.M.'s second full-length album?

    • A.

      Automatic For The People

    • B.

      Lifes Rich Pageant

    • C.

      Out Of Time

    • D.

      Reckoning

    Correct Answer
    D. Reckoning
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Reckoning." This is the title of R.E.M.'s second full-length album.

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  • 19. 

    Which R.E.M. song was written about the owner of a used car lot in Georgia?

    • A.

      Pop Song 89

    • B.

      Driver 8

    • C.

      Wendell Gee

    • D.

      Can't Get There From Here

    Correct Answer
    C. Wendell Gee
    Explanation
    "Wendell Gee" is the correct answer because it is a song by R.E.M. that was written about the owner of a used car lot in Georgia. The song is named after the owner, Wendell Gee, and it tells the story of his life and experiences. The lyrics of the song describe the struggles and hardships faced by Gee in his profession. Overall, "Wendell Gee" is a tribute to the owner of the car lot and showcases R.E.M.'s storytelling abilities.

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  • 20. 

    Which song on R.E.M.'s album "Lifes Rich Pageant" is about acid rain?

    • A.

      Fall On Me

    • B.

      Begin The Begin

    • C.

      Underneath The Bunker

    • D.

      These Days

    Correct Answer
    A. Fall On Me
    Explanation
    "Fall On Me" is the correct answer because the song's lyrics contain references to environmental issues and the harmful effects of pollution. Acid rain is a specific type of pollution caused by industrial emissions that can have detrimental effects on the environment. The song's title itself suggests the idea of something falling from the sky, which can be interpreted as acid rain. Additionally, the lyrics mention "speak up in a world that whispers" and "voice that needs to be heard," further emphasizing the song's message about raising awareness and taking action against environmental issues like acid rain.

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  • 21. 

    The songs "Underneath The Bunker" and "Cuyahoga" appear on which R.E.M. album?

    • A.

      Reckoning

    • B.

      Lifes Rich Pageant

    • C.

      Murmur

    • D.

      Document

    Correct Answer
    B. Lifes Rich Pageant
    Explanation
    The songs "Underneath The Bunker" and "Cuyahoga" appear on the R.E.M. album Lifes Rich Pageant.

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  • 22. 

    What is the title of R.E.M.'s 1987 compilation of rarities and B-sides?

    • A.

      Around The Sun

    • B.

      Eponymous

    • C.

      B-Sides And Rarities

    • D.

      Dead Letter Office

    Correct Answer
    D. Dead Letter Office
    Explanation
    "Dead Letter Office" is the correct answer because it is the title of R.E.M.'s 1987 compilation album that consists of rare tracks and B-sides. The album was released to satisfy the demand for R.E.M.'s previously unreleased material and includes songs from various periods of their career. The title "Dead Letter Office" is a reference to a room in a post office where undeliverable mail is stored, suggesting that the songs on the album were like forgotten or overlooked letters.

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  • 23. 

    R.E.M.'s "Dead Letter Office" included a cover of "Crazy" by which Athens, GA band?

    • A.

      Love Tractor

    • B.

      Chickasaw Mudd Puppies

    • C.

      The B-52's

    • D.

      Pylon

    Correct Answer
    D. Pylon
    Explanation
    R.E.M.'s "Dead Letter Office" included a cover of "Crazy" by Pylon.

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  • 24. 

    What was the last album of new material that R.E.M. released on IRS Records?

    • A.

      Out Of Time

    • B.

      Green

    • C.

      Document

    • D.

      Fables Of The Reconstruction

    Correct Answer
    C. Document
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Document. R.E.M.'s album Document was their last album of new material released on IRS Records. It was released in 1987 and marked a significant shift in their sound, incorporating more political and social themes into their music. The album included popular songs like "The One I Love" and "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)". After Document, R.E.M. signed with Warner Bros. Records and continued their successful career.

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  • 25. 

    What was R.E.M.'s first top ten single in the U.S.?

    • A.

      Stand

    • B.

      Losing My Religion

    • C.

      The One I Love

    • D.

      Orange Crush

    Correct Answer
    C. The One I Love
    Explanation
    "The One I Love" was R.E.M.'s first top ten single in the U.S. This song, released in 1987, reached number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It became a breakthrough hit for the band, showcasing their signature jangly guitar sound and Michael Stipe's enigmatic lyrics. The song's catchy melody and memorable chorus resonated with audiences, helping to solidify R.E.M.'s place in the alternative rock scene and paving the way for their future success.

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  • 26. 

    R.E.M.'s song "Stand" was used as the theme song to which Fox sitcom?

    • A.

      Married...With Children

    • B.

      Malcolm In The Middle

    • C.

      Andy Richter Controls The Universe

    • D.

      Get A Life

    Correct Answer
    D. Get A Life
    Explanation
    "Get A Life" is the correct answer because R.E.M.'s song "Stand" was indeed used as the theme song for this Fox sitcom.

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  • 27. 

    Mike Mills sings lead vocals on which of these songs from the R.E.M. album "Out Of Time"?

    • A.

      Near Wild Heaven

    • B.

      Shiny Happy People

    • C.

      Radio Song

    • D.

      Low

    Correct Answer
    A. Near Wild Heaven
    Explanation
    Mike Mills sings lead vocals on the song "Near Wild Heaven" from the R.E.M. album "Out Of Time".

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  • 28. 

    Which R.E.M. album featured the singles "Electrolite" and "Bittersweet Me"?

    • A.

      New Adventures In Hi-Fi

    • B.

      Reveal

    • C.

      Monster

    • D.

      Up

    Correct Answer
    A. New Adventures In Hi-Fi
    Explanation
    "New Adventures In Hi-Fi" is the correct answer because it is the only album listed that features the singles "Electrolite" and "Bittersweet Me". "Reveal", "Monster", and "Up" do not include these specific singles.

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  • 29. 

    What was the first album that R.E.M. recorded without drummer Bill Berry?

    • A.

      Around The Sun

    • B.

      Reveal

    • C.

      Monster

    • D.

      Up

    Correct Answer
    D. Up
    Explanation
    Up is the correct answer because it was the first album that R.E.M. recorded without drummer Bill Berry. After Berry's departure from the band in 1997, R.E.M. continued as a three-piece and released Up in 1998. This album marked a significant change in the band's sound and direction, exploring new musical territories and experimenting with different styles. Up received positive reviews from critics and showcased R.E.M.'s ability to adapt and evolve as a band, solidifying their status as one of the most influential alternative rock acts of the time.

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  • 30. 

    What was the first single released from R.E.M.'s 1998 album "Up"?

    • A.

      Suspicion

    • B.

      Daysleeper

    • C.

      At My Most Beautiful

    • D.

      Lotus

    Correct Answer
    B. Daysleeper
    Explanation
    "Daysleeper" was the first single released from R.E.M.'s 1998 album "Up". This song was chosen as the lead single because it showcased the band's new direction and sound on the album. "Daysleeper" is a melancholic and introspective track that explores themes of insomnia and the struggles of working night shifts. It received positive reviews from critics and became a moderate hit, reaching the top 10 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.

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  • 31. 

    Which R.E.M. album featured the singles "Imitation of Life" and "I'll Take The Rain"?

    • A.

      Reveal

    • B.

      New Adventures In Hi-Fi

    • C.

      Monster

    • D.

      Murmur

    Correct Answer
    A. Reveal
    Explanation
    "Reveal" is the correct answer because it is the only R.E.M. album that features the singles "Imitation of Life" and "I'll Take The Rain". "New Adventures In Hi-Fi" and "Monster" are also R.E.M. albums, but they do not include these specific singles. "Murmur" is another R.E.M. album, but it also does not feature these singles.

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  • 32. 

    Which of these R.E.M. hits was left off of "In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003"?

    • A.

      Losing My Religion

    • B.

      Stand

    • C.

      Shiny Happy People

    • D.

      What's The Frequency, Kenneth?

    Correct Answer
    C. Shiny Happy People
    Explanation
    "Shiny Happy People" was left off of "In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003" because it was not considered one of the best hits from the band during that time period. The album was a compilation of their most popular and successful songs, and "Shiny Happy People" may not have met the criteria for inclusion in the collection.

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  • 33. 

    Which R.E.M. album included the singles "Leaving New York" and "Aftermath"?

    • A.

      Around The Sun

    • B.

      New Adventures In Hi-Fi

    • C.

      Up

    • D.

      Monster

    Correct Answer
    A. Around The Sun
    Explanation
    Around The Sun is the correct answer because it is the only R.E.M. album that includes the singles "Leaving New York" and "Aftermath". The other albums listed do not contain these specific songs.

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  • 34. 

    In the R.E.M. song "Orange Crush", the lyrics say to "serve your conscience" where?

    • A.

      On Bended Knees

    • B.

      Upstream

    • C.

      Overseas

    • D.

      Under The Trees

    Correct Answer
    C. Overseas
    Explanation
    In the R.E.M. song "Orange Crush", the lyrics say to "serve your conscience" overseas. This means that the song suggests that one should act according to their own moral compass in a foreign or distant location. The choice of "overseas" implies that the song is urging individuals to take action and make a difference beyond their immediate surroundings.

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  • 35. 

    Which R.E.M. song begins, "This here is the place where I will be staying"?

    • A.

      Nightswimming

    • B.

      Bittersweet Me

    • C.

      The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite

    • D.

      Bang And Blame

    Correct Answer
    C. The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite
    Explanation
    "The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite" is the correct answer because it is the only option that matches the given lyrics, "This here is the place where I will be staying." The other song titles do not contain this specific line.

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  • 36. 

    The lyrics to which R.E.M. song reference Martin Sheen, Steve McQueen and Jimmy Dean?

    • A.

      First We Take Manhattan

    • B.

      The Wake-Up Bomb

    • C.

      The Great Beyond

    • D.

      Electrolite

    Correct Answer
    D. Electrolite
    Explanation
    "Electrolite" is the correct answer because the song's lyrics contain the line "If you believe, they put a man on the moon, man on the moon. If you believe, there's nothing up his sleeve, then nothing is cool." This line references the famous actor Martin Sheen, who played a character named "Moon" in the film "Badlands," and Steve McQueen, who starred in the film "The Great Escape." The mention of "nothing up his sleeve" is a reference to the film "Rebel Without a Cause," in which Jimmy Dean famously says "You're tearing me apart!"

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  • 37. 

    Which band was formed by R.E.M.'s Bill Berry, Mike Mills, Peter Buck & Warren Zevon?

    • A.

      Dambuilders

    • B.

      Dog's Eye View

    • C.

      Hindu Love Gods

    • D.

      Bittersweet Motel

    Correct Answer
    C. Hindu Love Gods
    Explanation
    Hindu Love Gods is the correct answer because it is the band formed by R.E.M.'s Bill Berry, Mike Mills, Peter Buck, and Warren Zevon. This band was a side project formed in the late 1980s and released an album in 1990. They played a mix of cover songs and original material, showcasing the musical talents of the R.E.M. members and Zevon.

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