Live at the Borderline 1991

Live at the Borderline 1991 is a 2019 live album released for Record Store Day on April 13. The recording features alternative rock band R.E.M. performing under the pseudonym Bingo Hand Job at a 1991 surprise gig around the release of Out of Time.[1]

Live at the Borderline 1991
Live album by
ReleasedApril 13, 2019 (2019-04-13)
RecordedMarch 15, 1991
VenueThe Borderline Club, London, England, UK
GenreAlternative rock
Bingo Hand Job chronology
R.E.M. at the BBC
Live at the Borderline 1991

Recording and release

The band played two nights at the 200-capacity London venue (March 14–15, 1991) as part of a small promotional tour of radio and television programs;[2] tickets were reportedly exchanging hands for $200[3] and the gigs were widely bootlegged at the time. This is the first official release.

Members of R.E.M. were joined by Billy Bragg, Peter Holsapple and Robyn Hitchcock, who also adopted pseudonyms.[1]

The official release was proceeded by a free NoiseTrade download of "Radio Song".[3]

Several of the songs had been released as B-sides on singles such as "Near Wild Heaven".

Track listing

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

Side A

  1. "World Leader Pretend"
  2. "Half a World Away"
  3. "Fretless"
  4. "The One I Love"

Side B

  1. "Jackson"/"Dallas" (Jerry Leiber and Billy Edd Wheeler/Jimmie Dale Gilmore)
  2. "Disturbance at the Heron House"
  3. "Belong"
  4. "Low"

Side C

  1. "Love Is All Around" (Reg Presley)
  2. "You Are the Everything"
  3. "Swan Swan H"
  4. "Radio Song"
  5. "Perfect Circle"

Side D

  1. "Endgame"
  2. Pop Song 89"
  3. Losing My Religion"
  4. "Fall on Me"
  5. "Get Up"
  6. "Moon River" (Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer)


Bingo Hand Job

Additional musicians

  • Conrad – guitar, vocals on "Jackson", "Dallas", "Disturbance at the Heron House", and "Fall on Me"
  • Spanish Charlie – guitar, mandolin, backing vocals
  • Violet – vocals

Technical personnel

  • Spencer Kelly – project assistance
  • Tony McGuinness – project assistance
  • Doug Schwartz editing and mastering at Mulholland Music