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R.E.M. — New Test Leper
Album: New Adventures in Hi-Fi
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Released: 1996
Length: 5:14
Plays (last 30 days): 2
I can't say that I love Jesus
That would be a hollow claim
He did make some observations
And I'm quoting them today

''"Judge not lest ye be judged."''
What a beautiful refrain
The studio audience disagrees
Have his lambs all gone astray?

Call me a leper
Call me a leper
Call me a leper

''"You are lost and disillusioned!"''
What an awful thing to say
I know this show doesn't flatter
It means nothing to me

I thought I might help them understand
But what an ugly thing to see
''"I am not an animal."''
Subtitled under the screen

Call me a leper
Call me a leper
Call me a leper

When I tried to tell my story
They cut me off to take a break
I sat silent five commercials
I had nothing left to say

The talk show host was index-carded
All organized and blank
The other guests were scared and hardened
What a sad parade
What a sad parade

Call me a leper
Call me a leper
Call me a leper
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Love it! Like @Chewie, this is from my second fav REM album
This is slightly better than most of their post-good-period music that I've heard, but still kind of dull.

I love REM, but this is totally "meh" for me. 
I like the rotating speaker/leslie effect on the arpeggiated guitar part during the chorus. 
Don't think a good rem song is going to happen in my lifetime. And stipe pretending he's got aids all those years ago, and the guitarist with his "do you know who I are" malarkey on a plane. Got no time for them
Bill called this irreverent. I disagree, unless it’s irreverent against hypocritical followers. It’s definitely not anti-Jesus. Love it, BTW.
Severely underrated album, imho, and actually my second favourite from R.E.M. :)
 spigolli wrote:

I suppose every band has to lose their Bernie Taupin. 
 Or every Bernie Taupin loses his magic for awhile.
c.

Call me a heretical old hag of a witch. I don't care. Well, I lie. I kinda do (care). But I just gave an R.E.M. song a 2. Hey, I never thought it'd happen either. But lawdy how patience with the precious gets very limited the older one gets. 
1985's quirky, 'Can't Get There From Here' single was a promising, and interesting introduction to these guys. Since then, well...
 kurtster wrote:

On a Boy Scout trip to earn our canoeing merit badge, we were canoeing down the Colorado (more like drifting) starting at the dam below Bullhead City and heading south.  The second or third night we made it to Needles and pulled ashore and pitched camp.  It was a Saturday night so a few of us decided we would hike into town and see what it was like.  You could see the other end of town from the beginning of the town.  The Denny's was the old A Frame style set in between Rt 66 where it split up into one way traffic on either side as it went through the town.  I don't remember what any of us did there, prolly got a milkshake and used a real bathroom for the first time in a few days, but we got arrested for curfew violations ... 9 pm on a summer Saturday night in 1967 walking back to camp.  We got rides in squad cars the rest of the way back to camp and a mild chewing out.  That was my big day in Needles.  Been through it a couple of times since, but not since I 40 got built have I actually stopped in town.  Oh, we did get our merit badges in spite of the trouble we got into.  Good old Troop 8 from Corona del Mar, California.

The other highlight of that trip was a late evening rest stop in a bar in Searchlight, Nevada on the way to the river.  They had pinball machines that paid money instead of replays.  Only time I ever saw that.  When Pinball Wizard broke, it had an entirely different meaning to me.  Yeah, maybe I could make a living playing pinball.  But moving from Philly where I was when the song came out back to Nevada to do that simply wasn't going to happen.  Worrying about the draft and going to school took precedence.  And so it goes ...
 
I enjoyed this story, thanks kurtster!
 Proclivities wrote:

I spent a week between Needles and Barstow one afternoon; I didn't see Grandpa though.

 
On a Boy Scout trip to earn our canoeing merit badge, we were canoeing down the Colorado (more like drifting) starting at the dam below Bullhead City and heading south.  The second or third night we made it to Needles and pulled ashore and pitched camp.  It was a Saturday night so a few of us decided we would hike into town and see what it was like.  You could see the other end of town from the beginning of the town.  The Denny's was the old A Frame style set in between Rt 66 where it split up into one way traffic on either side as it went through the town.  I don't remember what any of us did there, prolly got a milkshake and used a real bathroom for the first time in a few days, but we got arrested for curfew violations ... 9 pm on a summer Saturday night in 1967 walking back to camp.  We got rides in squad cars the rest of the way back to camp and a mild chewing out.  That was my big day in Needles.  Been through it a couple of times since, but not since I 40 got built have I actually stopped in town.  Oh, we did get our merit badges in spite of the trouble we got into.  Good old Troop 8 from Corona del Mar, California.

The other highlight of that trip was a late evening rest stop in a bar in Searchlight, Nevada on the way to the river.  They had pinball machines that paid money instead of replays.  Only time I ever saw that.  When Pinball Wizard broke, it had an entirely different meaning to me.  Yeah, maybe I could make a living playing pinball.  But moving from Philly where I was when the song came out back to Nevada to do that simply wasn't going to happen.  Worrying about the draft and going to school took precedence.  And so it goes ...
 KurtfromLaQuinta wrote:
It sits between Needles and Barstow, California.
Both featured in "The Grapes of Wrath" about where Grandpa died..

 
I spent a week between Needles and Barstow one afternoon; I didn't see Grandpa though.
That's Amboy Crater on the album cover.
It is just off "old" Route 66... near the town of Amboy...



It sits between Needles and Barstow, California.
Both featured in "The Grapes of Wrath" about where Grandpa died..
the leprose voice fits the lyrics fine...
 More_Cowbell wrote:
Very Nice. REM is a musical leader, maybe that is why they are a target to the 'haters' out there.
 
because music is a competition?
 (former member) wrote:


This song be berry berry good...

 


 
Channeling Chico again?

Garret Morris as Chico Escuela: "Baseball been berry berry good to me!" 


excellent...  we be dancing...

 sirdroseph wrote:
REM is like Elton John. Magnificent for years and then all of the sudden they woke up one day sometime in the early to mid 90's, lost it and have sucked out loud since! For Elton it happened around 1977, for the Stones 1981 or thereabouts, strange how that happens.{#Stupid} This is one of the first suckage albums!{#Roflol}
 
I suppose every band has to lose their Bernie Taupin. 
After listening to the lyrics I am forced to bump this up to a 7.


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 
 coy wrote:

yeah not only that but blessed are the humble blessed are the meek blessed are those who feel their heart for they shall know god blessed are the peacemakers for they shall see light blessed are those who don't get pissed off for they shall live in the kingdom of heaven

my father was a preacher

 
JC was anything but humble.  If there is one take-away from his preaching, it is this:  rock the boat.  Your post signifies the reverse.
I have been working on a recent project to catch up on REM, to be a REM completist in other words, because there are some gaps in my collection.  One thing that has struck me is the numerous references to the New Testament in REM's later work. Interesting.   
  
 Nurse_Jenks wrote:

Judge not, lest ye be judged . . . what a beautiful refrain

 
yeah not only that but blessed are the humble blessed are the meek blessed are those who feel their heart for they shall know god blessed are the peacemakers for they shall see light blessed are those who don't get pissed off for they shall live in the kingdom of heaven

my father was a preacher

 sirdroseph wrote:
REM is like Elton John. Magnificent for years and then all of the sudden they woke up one day sometime in the early to mid 90's, lost it and have sucked out loud since! For Elton it happened around 1977, for the Stones 1981 or thereabouts, strange how that happens.{#Stupid} This is one of the first suckage albums!{#Roflol}
 
Judge not, lest ye be judged . . . what a beautiful refrain

REM is like Elton John. Magnificent for years and then all of the sudden they woke up one day sometime in the early to mid 90's, lost it and have sucked out loud since! For Elton it happened around 1977, for the Stones 1981 or thereabouts, strange how that happens.{#Stupid} This is one of the first suckage albums!{#Roflol}




This song be berry berry good...

 



This is a GREAT song...  love it...

 
Way better than most of REM's popular stuff, which makes it a 5.
Shiny Happy People! = 1
Not for me. Boring.


excellent...  love it...


These guys have so many outstanding tracks... but this one never did it for me.

 simme2 wrote:
BEST EVER
 


Yes, this is a great song!



BEST EVER, the version on the cdsingle for Bittersweet Me is even better..




love it...


I like a lot of REM songs but this one just bores the crap out of me.
Sorry.


A really fantastic, under-appreciated album.

E-Bow The Letter is my favorite from this disc.


This is cool... I like it a lot...  this song is good for the ears...


{#Headache} Don't like it!

Bokey, you're making progress! We're all very proud. bokey wrote:
I didn't know it was REM for sure until I looked so I guess it doesn't suck.
Very Nice. REM is a musical leader, maybe that is why they are a target to the 'haters' out there.
pushkinjim wrote:
Oh how this just SUCKS! PUKE! :puke: Ban REM!
So, wait, I'm not sure if I understand from this and the dozen or so other comments you've made on REM songs. Do you like REM or not? Can't tell, really!
Oh how this just SUCKS! PUKE! :puke: Ban REM!
I didn't know it was REM for sure until I looked so I guess it doesn't suck.
jbtidwell wrote:
I think this is the best album of their later work - it has some really rockin' songs on it too.
Agreed, though I also love "Monster."
flyfree wrote:
What a treat! I haven't heard this in ages. I need to revisit this album.
I think this is the best album of their later work - it has some really rockin' songs on it too.
the first millisecond i thought this was 'elderly woman behind the counter in a small town' ... "I seem to recognize ..."
Whirlpool wrote:
Old REM is the best.
I still remember the face I made, when I listened to REM the first time. Back in 1985 or '86 I think... The album was 'Life's rich pageant'... It's still one of my 5 albums to take with me on a lonely island.
Old REM is the best.
artisfree wrote:
GRRR. It's a strong personal bias, one that even I don't understand. But the frequent use of REM is the ONLY reason I turn the volume down on radioparadise.
HARK!! A voice of reason from the past. From before "The Time Of Peace and Not This Horrible Song Again" as the blissful 2 -1/2 year period when this terror slept undisturbed is known among the faithful. Perhaps this call for reason resulted in the time of happiness? What unspeakable sin did mankind commit in order to have this song awakened from the foul ,putrid depths in which it had lain all those (2 -1/2 ) years?
Oh hey - a post-IRS REM tune I actually like! Nice!
MKW wrote:
I'm still waiting after 21 years for something to better " Wolves Lower" , from Chronic Town.
If you don't think they ever did better than that, then I suggest you stop waiting.
MKW wrote:
I'm still waiting after 21 years for something to better " Wolves Lower" , from Chronic Town. When played the proper way , the windows rattle .
Trying... Sorry: REM - Carnival of Sorts Sorry: REM - Gardening at Night Sorry: REM - Wolves, Lower Again, with being placed on LRC??
flyfree wrote:
What a treat! I haven't heard this in ages. I need to revisit this album.
Exactly, because this album has some really good songs on it. This is the best and one of the best by R.E.M overall, IMHO.
This is a new REM tune for me and quite like it! Chalk up another first thanks to RP :sunny:
What a treat! I haven't heard this in ages. I need to revisit this album.
This song is very similar to an earlier REM song - "Try Not To Breathe". Breathe is much better imo.
Have played several REM albums into the dust but don't know this one. Cool song.
great album. but, I'd love to hear "E-bow the letter"
haven't heard this one before. i quite like it.
Just saw these guys in KC a week ago. Wow. New Adventures is one of the most underrated albums of all time in my opinion. There's some really great stuff on there that nobody has ever heard.
one of my favorite bass lines ever! so melodic. :clap:
CoolbeaN wrote:
I don't understand REM fanatics. Yes all of their stuff is pretty good. But nothing outstanding. Alot of it sounds the same. They pump out CD's like CRAZY! How many of them are there now?
By my count: 1 EP (5 songs), 12 full albums, an album of b-sides, and several songs on movie soundtracks. Really, not all that much when you consider the clock started almost 25 years ago. I guess they average a new album every couple of years, which is respectable. Oh, by the way, I'm one of those fanatics :)
GRRR. It\'s a strong personal bias, one that even I don\'t understand. But the frequent use of REM is the ONLY reason I turn the volume down on radioparadise.
I really like the lyrics of this song. A great commentary on the media and religion. :clap:
One of their better (relatively new) songs from a group that still manages to churn out gems. :clap:
if you\'re going to play REM please keep it pre-green/document. older=better
Good stuff. Most of REM sounds similar, but I suppose that\'s a good thing. I like their sound, and every so often I hear a tune (usually Man On The Moon) that really endears me to the group again. I keep waiting for MOTM to be replaced by some new tune for me. I keep hopeful and eager to hear their new stuff.
I\'m still waiting after 21 years for something to better \" Wolves Lower\" , from Chronic Town. When played the proper way , the windows rattle .
I don\'t understand REM fanatics. Yes all of their stuff is pretty good. But nothing outstanding. Alot of it sounds the same. They pump out CD\'s like CRAZY! How many of them are there now?
Coward - I have to agree. This is new REM to me. They have really stayed true to their sound, good stuff. I saw they boys in Spring 1980 at the Agora Ballroom in ATL for a buck on a Thursday night. Radio Free Europe on DB Records (DB = Danny Beard of Wax and Facts in Little five points) - that is old REM.
Whats with all the religous songs?