Tongue (song)

"Tongue" is a song by R.E.M., released as the fifth and final single from their ninth studio album, Monster (1994), on July 17, 1995. It was only released in the US, UK, and Ireland. In the song, lead singer Michael Stipe performs in falsetto; he has stated on several occasions that the narrator of the song is female. Stipe has also said the track is "all about cunnilingus."[4]

"Tongue"
Single by R.E.M.
from the album Monster
ReleasedJuly 17, 1995 (1995-07-17)
GenreSoul[1][2][3]
Length4:08
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
R.E.M. singles chronology
"Crush with Eyeliner"
(1995)
"Tongue"
(1995)
"E-Bow the Letter"
(1996)

The single's video, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris and shot during the soundcheck prior to the band's June 20, 1995 performance at the Knickerbocker Arena in Albany, New York,[5] shows a group of teenagers in a living room watching the band perform on TV. The version of the song that plays is slightly higher in tone than that of the album version. It was included as a bonus video on the DVD release of In View - The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003.