All the Way to Reno (You're Gonna Be a Star)


"All the Way to Reno (You're Gonna Be a Star)" is a song by R.E.M., from the band's 12th album Reveal, the second single from that album. According to Peter Buck's sleevenotes to In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988–2003, the R.E.M. best-of on which this song appears, the song describes someone who believes they can get famous if they go to Reno. The working title of the song was "Jimmy Webb on Mars," which, according to Buck's notes, was a "sick tribute to a songwriter who we all admire." The single did not chart on the US Billboard Hot 100, but it did reach number 24 on the UK Singles Chart, number 31 in Italy, and number 34 in Ireland.

"All the Way to Reno (You're Gonna Be a Star)"
Single by R.E.M.
from the album Reveal
B-side"165 Hillcrest", "Yellow River", "Imitation of Life" (live from Trafalgar Square)
ReleasedJuly 23, 2001
Recorded2000
Genre
Length4:43
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
R.E.M. singles chronology
"Imitation of Life"
(2001)
"All the Way to Reno (You're Gonna Be a Star)"
(2001)
"I'll Take the Rain"
(2001)

The B-side live performances were recorded at the South Africa Freedom Day concert in Trafalgar Square, London, which was held in honour of South African President Nelson Mandela. The event marked the 7th anniversary of democracy in South Africa.[2]

Music video


The song's video was shot at Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School in the Prospect Park area of Brooklyn, New York. It was directed by Michael Moore and filmed by four students from the host and other local schools: Chris, 17; Steve, 17; Andy, 18; Charlotte, 13; Roger, 18; and Juan, 17. In the video, Peter Buck and Mike Mills can be seen entering the Career Guidance office with their respective instruments in hand, only to leave armed with nothing more than a dustpan and brush. Bertis Downs makes an appearance as the school's announcer, only to have his microphone commandeered by Michael Stipe.

Track listings


UK CD

  1. "All the Way to Reno (You're Gonna Be a Star)" – 4:44
  2. "Yellow River" (Christie) – 2:36
  3. "Imitation of Life" (Live) – 3:541
  4. "Imitation of Life" (Live) (enhanced video)1

UK DVD

  1. "All the Way to Reno (You're Gonna Be a Star)" (video)
  2. "Yellow River" (audio) – 2:36
  3. "165 Hillcrest" (audio) – 1:34

German CD

  1. "All the Way to Reno (You're Gonna Be a Star)" – 4:44
  2. "165 Hillcrest" – 1:34

1 Recorded at Trafalgar Square, London, England; April 29, 2001.

Charts


Chart (2001) Peak
position
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[3] 84
Germany (Official German Charts)[4] 92
Ireland (IRMA)[5] 34
Italy (FIMI)[6] 31
Scotland (OCC)[7] 20
UK Singles (OCC)[8] 24
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[9] 8

References


  1. "ALBUMS". R.E.M.Hq. 2011-12-18. Archived from the original on February 5, 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-13.
  2. "R.E.M. PLAY FOR MANDELA". NME. April 29, 2001. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  3. "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 19 no. 33. August 11, 2001. p. 7. Retrieved September 13, 2020.
  4. "Offiziellecharts.de – R.E.M. – All the Way to Reno (You're Gonna Be a Star)" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts.
  5. "Irish-charts.com – Discography R.E.M.". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  6. "Italiancharts.com – R.E.M. – All the Way to Reno (You're Gonna Be a Star)". Top Digital Download. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  7. "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  8. "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  9. "R.E.M. Chart History (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 9, 2018.