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Cover Me: R.E.M. Rocks "Superman"

25th Anniversary reissue of Lifes Rich Pageant includes timeless cover

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It is one of the great paradoxes of recorded music that some of the very best songwriters have given their finest performances on songs not their own. Elvis Costello has never, ever sounded better than on Nick Lowe's "(What's So Funny About) Peace, Love and Understanding." The Beatles never rocked harder than on Phil Medley and Bert Russell's "Twist and Shout," nor The Who than on Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues."

And R.E.M. has never turned in a more righteous groove than on their version of The Clique's "Superman," written by Mitchell Bottler and Gary Zekley in 1969, which concludes the band's fourth album, Lifes Rich Pageant, originally released in 1986 and reissued with bonus demo material in a 25th Anniversary edition in July.

Check out the amazing vocal interplay between Michael Stipe and Mike Mills throughout, and Peter Buck's emphatic guitar driving it home.

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