Vintage Video: R.E.M. tears up pre-‘Murmur’ set in earliest known pro-shoot footage

For this week’s installment of Vintage Video, we present what’s believed to be the earliest pro-shot footage of R.E.M. in concert: a 50-minute live set filmed on Oct. 10, 1982, for broadcast on TV by a South Carolina station about six months before the release of the band’s debut, Murmur.

As you can see below, the setlist, to no surprise, is heavy on songs from the Chronic Town EP and Murmur, and includes “Ages of You,” which wouldn’t surface until the Dead Letter Office compilation was released in 1987.  Watch for the band’s producer, Mitch Easter, and future fifth member Peter Holsapple to pop on stage, and certainly stick around for the reggae-like jam labeled as “Skank” that closes the set.

Watch the full performance from The Pier in Raleigh, N.C., below via zararity.


Setlist: R.E.M., The Pier, Raleigh, N.C., 10/10/82

1. “Wolves, Lower”
2. “Laughing”
3. “1,000,000”
4. “Moral Kiosk”
5. “Catapult”
6. “West of the Fields”
7. “Radio Free Europe”
8. “Ages of You”
9. “We Walk”
10. “Carnival of Sorts (Box Cars)”
11. “Skank”





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