Video — May 1, 2017 at 8:08 am

MTV promo from 1988: ‘When I’m an old person, I think I’ll still be listening to R.E.M.’

Trawling through the vast pixel mine that is YouTube, we recently stumbled across this short, odd MTV promo from 1988 that appears to be filmed at a college radio station, and concludes, after a series of fly-by imagery, with a long-haired gentleman sagely proclaiming, “When I’m an old person, I think I’ll still be listening to R.E.M.” Well said, future-seeing college-radio guy.

Watch it below via uploader Kevin Noonan.







  1. Heh. I remember that one. I thought it was kind of corny and self-important at the time…but hey, guess who’s still listening to Lifes Rich Pageant? Thirty years later? :p

    Also: I remember being thrilled that they show the We’ve Got a Fuzzbox and We’re Gonna Use It album cover in that spot. One of my favorite records from 1986!

  2. LOL. I had forgotten all about that one but at the time didn’t think too much about it because, yeah, I figured I’d still be listening to R.E.M. way down the road too and I am…as well as The Pogues,talking Heads, The Cure, World Party, Eurythmics, English Beat, Midnight Oil…the list goes on.

  3. Still listening to REM, but sure as hell NOT watching MTV. Funny how that worked out.

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