TITLE: Chronic Town
YEAR RELEASED: 1982
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Wolves, Lower (video)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: R.E.M. fans know ‘em!
LINEUP: Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Bill Berry
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Debut EP introduces everyone to the classic early R.E.M. sound with five great, yet obtuse numbers.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Contemporary reviews and comments about this EP all contain words like “arcane, intriguing, complex, eccentric.” Really, it’s R.E.M. in a nutshell.
The five songs on this release are a perfect introduction to R.E.M. and are some of the most loved by hardcore fans. “Wolves, Lower” and “1,000,000” are personal favorites of mine, but each of the cuts have moments of wonder and mystery.
They went on to big, big things and this was a great start.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: EP’s are usually the most disposable medium – they go out of print easily. IRS added the EP to an odds-and-sods collection and that’s how many fans first heard it.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No but as stated above the EP became a deluxe version of Dead Letter Office
GRADE: A : It’s an almost perfect EP and really what the format is about