Bad Day (R.E.M. song)

Bad Day (R.E.M. song)

Infobox Single
Name = Bad Day

Artist = R.E.M.
from Album =
Released = October 2003
Format = CD and DVD
Recorded = 2003
Genre = Alternative rock
Length = 3:57
Label = Warner Bros. Records
Producer = Pat McCarthy, R.E.M.
Last single = "I'll Take the Rain"
This single = "Bad Day"
Next single = "Animal"

"Bad Day" is a song and single released by R.E.M..

The song first appeared in 1985, when Michael Stipe sang a few words of it during a concert in Albany, New York as part of the Reconstruction tour. Then, around the time of "Lifes Rich Pageant", the song emerged in a more polished version with the title "PSA" — an abbreviation for "public service announcement". An anti-media rant inspired by a day Stipe found a camcorder lens in his face when he answered the front door, the song was never released but did serve as a sort of forerunner to "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)", a song with a similar cadence and delivery. In 1999, REM revisited the song after a well publicized late night spat at the Slipper Room in New York City between Michael Stipe and Craig Ricci (who would later become front man of the indie pop sensation The Tiles). In 2003, Stipe saw that the song still had contemporary resonance, and the band finally recorded it for "In Time", with only slightly updated lyrics and under the new title "Bad Day".

It is included on R.E.M.'s Warner Bros.-era-spanning 2003 compilation "". In addition, a demo version of the song recorded for "Lifes Rich Pageant" appears on EMI's 2006 compilation, "And I Feel Fine... The Best of the I.R.S. Years 1982-1987".

The song's music video [] , directed by Tim Hope and shot in Vancouver, is a spoof of media news and was produced by Passion Pictures. It appears on "In View", the DVD companion of "In Time", and is also found on the main CD of "In Time". In the video, Stipe appears as the Morning Team's news anchor Cliff Harris; Mills doubles as roving reporter Ed Colbert and meteorologist Rick Jennings; and Buck as climate expert Geoff Sayers and the reporter Eric Nelson. News stories shown include a monsoon contained within an apartment, a senator's office flooding, and a tornado inside a boy's bedroom.

The song can be heard in a third-season episode of "Alias" and in the episode of "Scrubs", "My Advice To You".

The song is included on "R.E.M. Live".

Track listing

*CD (Warner W624CD1) (UK)
*#"Bad Day" (Berry, Buck, Mills, Stipe)
*#"Favorite Writer" (Swell)
*#"Bad Day" (Video)

*CD (Warner W624CD2) (UK)
*#"Bad Day"
*#"Out in the Country" (Williams/Nichols)
*#"Adagio" (Buck, Mills, Stipe)

*CD (Warner 16533-2) (US)
*#"Bad Day"
*#"Favorite Writer"
*#"Out in the Country"



cite book
last = Black
first = Johnny
authorlink = Johnny Black
title = Reveal: The Story of R.E.M.
publisher = Backbeat Books
date = 2004
id = ISBN 0-87930-776-5

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