Bang and Blame


"Bang and Blame" is a song by the American alternative rock group R.E.M. It was released as the second single from the album Monster in 1994. The song was R.E.M.'s last to reach the top 40 on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 19, and was also their last number-one single on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. The single reached number one in Canada—R.E.M.'s only single to do so—and peaked inside the top 40 on the charts of Australia, Belgium, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

"Bang and Blame"
Single by R.E.M.
from the album Monster
B-side"Bang and Blame" (instrumental version)
ReleasedOctober 31, 1994 (1994-10-31)
Recorded1994
Genre
Length
  • 5:30 (album without short interlude)
  • 4:51 (single edit)
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
R.E.M. singles chronology
"What's the Frequency, Kenneth?"
(1994)
"Bang and Blame"
(1994)
"Strange Currencies"
(1995)

"Bang and Blame" was not included on In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988–2003 and Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage 1982–2011.

Track listing


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

12-inch and CD maxi-single

  1. "Bang and Blame" – 4:51
  2. "Losing My Religion" (live)1 – 5:24
  3. "Country Feedback" (live)1 – 5:03
  4. "Begin the Begin" (live)1 – 3:47

7-inch, cassette, and CD single

  1. "Bang and Blame" – 4:48
  2. "Bang and Blame" (instrumental version) – 4:48

1 Recorded at the 40 Watt Club, Athens, Georgia; November 19, 1992. The performance, a benefit for Greenpeace, was recorded on a solar-powered mobile studio.

Charts


In popular culture


"Bang and Blame" was featured in the Cold Case episode "Blackout" as well as in the Danish mini-series "Charlot og Charlotte" by Ole Bornedal (director of "Nattevagten"/"The Night Watch"), the My Mad Fat Diary episode "Not I" and the Melrose Place episode "No Strings Attached". The song was also used in "Weird Al" Yankovic's polka medley "The Alternative Polka" from his 1996 album Bad Hair Day.

References


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