Digital Music — October 27, 2019 at 11:05 am

Listen: R.E.M., ‘Uptempo Mo Distortion’ (Demo) — off deluxe ‘Monster’ reissue

The, er, monstrous reissue of R.E.M.‘s 1994 album Monster arrives on Friday, and the band has continued to tease some of the unheard material that’ll appear on the box set. Next up: the instrumental demo “Uptempo Mo Distortion,” which sounds enough like “old” R.E.M. to explain why it wasn’t further developed for the band’s grunge-era album.

The demo is part of the copious bonus material that will accompany the reissue, due out Nov. 1 on Craft Recordings. Also included in the package: a disc of previously unheard demos, a 2CD live set recorded in Chicago during the Monster Tour and a Blu-ray that includes a 5.1 Surround mix of the album, the “Road Movie” concert film and the album’s music videos.

For full details on the box set, including the full tracklist, head over here.

It’s also available for pre-order via

Stream the demo below.





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