TBT: R.E.M. Live Debut "It's the End of the World As We Know It"

On this day in 1987, R.E.M. played a small show in their hometown of Athens, Georgia. According to setlist.fm data, the 9-song set at Uptown Lounge featured four live debuts including sprawling single, "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)." This was months before the release of their 5th studio album, Document.
The other new tracks that got their inaugural performances that evening were "Exhuming McCarthy", "Welcome to the Occupation" and "Disturbance at Heron House." They also played what would become their #1 most-performed song to date, "One I Love."
Check out the full setlist:
R.E.M. setlist
This wasn't the first time they chose the Uptown Lounge to debut new material - they also did it ahead of their 1985 album, Fables of Reconstruction. They played under a pseudonym and closed with a cover of The Rolling Stones, "Under My Thumb." See that setlist here.

Check out a video of the band performing "End of the World," also in 1987 (location unknown):

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