Lifes Rich Pageant

Cover art to Lifes Rich Pageant

Lifes Rich Pageant is the fourth studio album by R.E.M., recorded April–May 1986 and released July 28, 1986 on the I.R.S. Records label. It was produced by Don Gehman at his Belmont Mall Studios in Belmont, Indiana.

With a larger growing fanbase, the album proved to be the band's biggest U.S. album yet, charting at #21 on the Billboard charts, and became the band's first gold record. The album managed at #43 in the UK.

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe, except as indicated.

  1. "Begin the Begin" – 3:28
  2. "These Days" – 3:24
  3. "Fall on Me" – 2:50
  4. "Cuyahoga" – 4:19
  5. "Hyena" – 2:50
  6. "Underneath the Bunker" – 1:25
  7. "The Flowers of Guatemala" – 3:55
  8. "I Believe" – 3:49
  9. "What If We Give It Away?" – 3:33
  10. "Just a Touch" – 3:00
  11. "Swan Swan H" – 2:42
  12. "Superman" (Gary Zekley, Mitchell Bottler) – 2:52
  • On the vinyl release, side one (tracks 1–6) was labelled "Dinner side" and side two (tracks 7–12) labelled "Supper side"
  • "Superman" was listed on some early copies as "Superwoman"
  • The track listing on the back of the album is incorrect and has never been corrected. The order is given as 1-5-10-8-2-7-4-9-3-11, which leaves out "Superman" and "Underneath the Bunker." The track listing is however correct on the actual vinyl, cassette, and CD
  • Early pressings of the CD list the track number for "Cuyahoga" as "0R" instead of "04" printed on the CD itself, similar to "Stand"'s listing on R.E.M.'s later album Green.

The I.R.S. Years reissueEdit

On January 26, 1993, EMI (which owns the I.R.S. catalogue) re-released Lifes Rich Pageant with the following bonus tracks:

  1. "Tired of Singing Trouble"[1] – 0:59
  2. "Rotary Ten" (B-side of "Fall on Me" 7" U.S.) – 1:58
  3. "Toys in the Attic" (Steve Tyler, Joe Perry) (B-side of "Fall On Me" 12" UK) – 2:26
  4. "Just a Touch"[1] (live-in-studio) – 2:38
  5. "Dream (All I Have to Do)" (Boudleaux Bryant) (acoustic) – 2:38
  6. "Swan Swan H" (live acoustic) – 2:41


  1. 1.0 1.1 previously unreleased


  • Bill Berry – drums, vocals
  • Peter Buck – guitar
  • Mike Mills – bass, organ, vocals
  • Michael Stipe – vocals

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