Project Details
  • Skills: An American Band
  • Client: R.E.M. Michael Stipe - vocals, Pete Buck - guitars, Bill Berry - drums, Mike Mills - bass, keys, vocals
  • Release Date: 1992
Project Description

Well, this project is categorized as, "from points beyond..." at a time when I met John Keane while he was passing through Atlanta, for part of a Southwest Music Festival. John stopped by blue wall and we talked about the possibility of me bringing some bands from Atlanta to his studio in Athens. It was during this time that he was working with R.E.M. on what would become the Automatic For The People album. And, more specifically, there was a song on the record which included a vocal gesture which reminded one of the tune, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". To cover their bases and avoid a potential lawsuit, the band's management company approached the original authors of the song, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, to bring them into the conversation. The authors response was something like this; we don't mind if there's a reference to the melody of TLST, as long as you re-record a complete version of the original song and release it as a record. R.E.M. agreed, and that's where I was at the time - in the studio, as a 2nd engineer to John and the band to record The Lion Sleeps Tonight. I've never heard the final mix of that record, but I've been told that it was released as a single in Europe. And there's more - it was a busy week for R.E.M., just a couple of days later the band was the headliner for a Greenpeace Benefit Concert, live from the 40 Watt in Athens. I remember enjoying the intimacy of that set and seeing John Keane join the band on stage for a few numbers.