In which I review a 1987 R.E.M. concert for the Rutgers-Camden Gleaner.


I scanned a bunch of old articles I did for the Rutgers-Camden Gleaner yesterday, and boy oh boy are these things bad. Bad in a undergraduate, couldn’t-write-any-better way, a clueless, know-it-all way. These things can’t be helped, at least if you were me.

Here below is my review of an October 16, 1987 concert with R.E.M., held at the old Spectrum. It was fall of my sophomore year, and I’d been a fan of R.E.M. for four years, an eternity.

There’s so much to answer for. Song titles messed up, over-earnestness, as I said. But the “mercifully short set” from 10,000 Maniacs, that’s just wrong. I pasted the set list from the R.E.M. Timeline website for our references.

I write about how R.E.M. in my new book, Shader, and hopefully it’s not as worshipful as here. But it probably won’t be: R.E.M. was, and still is, an important part of  my life.

If anyone requests it, I can post my scathing review of R.E.M.’s Out of Time, where I turn on the band.


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16 October 1987 – The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
support: 10,000 Maniacs
10,000 Maniacs set included: A Campfire Song
R.E.M.: Finest Worksong / These Days / Welcome To The Occupation / Pilgrimage / Disturbance At The Heron House / Exhuming McCarthy / Orange Crush / Feeling Gravitys Pull / King Of Birds / Tired Of Singing Trouble / I Believe / Oddfellows Local 151 / It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) / Begin The Begin / Strange / Fall On Me / Crazy / 1,000,000
encore 1: John The Revelator / The One I Love / Midnight Blue – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – Addicted To Love / Radio Free Europe
encore 2: Harpers / So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)
encore 3: Wolves, Lower
notes: Natalie Merchant guests on ‘John The Revelator’, Michael guests on ‘A Campire Song’ with the 10,000 Maniacs