Monster (R.E.M. album)

Monster is the ninth studio album by American rock band R.E.M., released on September 27, 1994, by Warner Bros. Records. Produced by the band and Scott Litt and recorded at four studios, the album was an intentional stylistic shift from R.E.M.'s previous two albums Out of Time (1991) and Automatic for the People (1992), with loud, distorted guitar tones and simple arrangements. Michael Stipe's lyrics at times deal with the nature of celebrity, and some are sung from the viewpoint of a character.

Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 27, 1994 (1994-09-27)
RecordedOctober 1993 – May 1994
LabelWarner Bros.
R.E.M. chronology
The Automatic Box
R.E.M.: Singles Collected
Singles from Monster
  1. "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?"
    Released: September 5, 1994
  2. "Bang and Blame"
    Released: October 31, 1994
  3. "Strange Currencies"
    Released: April 18, 1995
  4. "Crush with Eyeliner"
    Released: August 15, 1995
  5. "Tongue"
    Released: October 31, 1995
Alternative cover
25th anniversary edition cover

Led by the successful single "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?", Monster debuted at number one in the United States and at least seven other countries, and received generally positive reviews. Four more singles were released from the album, including the UK top-20 hits "Bang and Blame", "Strange Currencies", and "Tongue". That year, the band promoted the album with their first concert tour since 1989; although the tour was commercially successful, band members suffered several health problems. At the 37th Annual Grammy Awards, Monster was nominated for Best Rock Album, but lost to The Rolling Stones' Voodoo Lounge. The album's follow-up New Adventures in Hi-Fi (1996) was primarily recorded during the tour.