Though not even close to their best album, R.E.M.’s 1991 release Out Of Time still spawned one of there best known/best written songs. Opening with Peter Buck’s instantly recognizable mandolin riff, ”Losing My Religion” latches on to the brain and embeds itself into the memory. Upon its release, I found myself annoyed with it. I couldn’t comprehend it. I couldn’t shake the treble of the strings and the catchy arrangment, but I soon became enamored with it as it began to click. Even then I still didn’t know what the song was really about, but whatever it was, it was powerful and it spoke to the core of millions of listeners. Today, I’m still not sure what it is about. Today, though, it still clicks and it still moves me.
Promoting its release, R.E.M. also put out one of the most memorable music videos of all time mixing religion with homosexual undertones, facism, and Michael Stipe’s dancing. That was the best part. When Michael moves, he isn’t just dancing, he’s raging with his arms flailing, feet sliding, hands clapping, and that tense, morose, look etched onto his face. If you haven’t seen it, here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if-UzXIQ5vw&ob=av2e