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"Winged Mammal Theme"

“Winged Mammal Theme”: Batty B-Side

Michael Stipe and his REM bandmates, it would appear, are bat fans, as evidenced by their non-LP B-side, “Winged Mammal Theme.”   This abstract instrumental take on “The Batman Theme” — flip side of their 1992 hit “Drive” – but only in the US — was somehow rejected for the soundtrack to

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"Bin Wieder Frei"

“Bin Wieder Frei”: Unrelenting Verbal Onslaught

The unrelenting verbal onslaught of 1978’s “Bin Wieder Frei” by German heartthrob, Benny, immediately made me think of Joey Levine‘s famous feat of rapid-fire elocution from 1974, “Life is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)” – which later helped inspire REM’s “End of the World (As We Know It)” and

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