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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21 Comments

  • Wolves, Lower is still one of my favorite R.E.M. tracks.

     
  • Wow… nice to see, hear, watch an early influence in their early incarnation…

     
  • D. Patteson

    My husband was the voice requesting Ages of You!

     
  • heynay

    Whose the 3rd guitarist?

     
    • Just PassingThru

      Looks Like Peter Holsapple. He was in the dB’s and I bet he opened the show, as Michael thanks him in the opening secs of the vid.

       
    • ICEMANofALFRED

      Might have been Mitch Easter and mentions LETS ACTIVE… he calls out Were’s Mitch?

       
  • nonconnah

    ‘Ages Of You’ is one of the best songs to never make a band’s proper album.

     
  • Peter Holsapple

     
  • Nortley

    How about a poll of R.E.M. songs (and albums)?

     
  • Connie Hart

    I was there. Absolutely, awesome! One of the best shows at The
    Pier (and there were many)!

     
  • Craig

    I loved this era of R.E.M. Moral Kiosk was impressive. I guess Murmur was well in the works so those songs sound tighter than I thought they might.

    I really wanted to hear “What’s New, Pussycat?”

    This takes me back to the early tour dates at the Tower in Philly and Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh. The dBs opening in Philly, Camper Van Beethoven in Pittsburgh. Good times. Would love to go back and re-live any of those shows.

     
    • Nortley

      I want to go back and relive the whole 80s when so much of the music we discuss here was new!

       
  • Saw them around this time. Absolute ecstasy. No not that ecstasy…

     
  • Saw them in April 1982 at 930 Clubi in DC during this tour (at that is the timing I recall) we were trying to decide where to go and my friend’s drummer said let’s go to 930, this band REM is supposed to be good. Thanks Ryan, you were right.

     
 

 

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