It all fit so perfectly: this past week was Scott’s birthday, he returned to Berlin and Collapse Into Now, the new album of his old-time favorites R.E.M., came out in Germany so I could surprise him with it… and then it even included a Berlin song!
As a little bit of Schlagsahne on top, the video for “Überlin” was released just in time for my Music Monday post. The video was directed by Sam Taylor-Wood and because it features just one dancer (Aaron Johnson) does remind a bit of the “Lotus Flower” video by Radiohead. Btw, those don’t really look like the streets of Berlin to me – but somewhere in England maybe.

Or then there’s this clever (slightly older, also official) video for “Überlin” featuring the lyrics on a subway map:

Some of the lyrics fit all too perfectly:
hey now, take the U-Bahn
5 stops, change the station,
hey now, don’t forget that change will save you
hey now, count a thousand, million people
that’s astounding
chasing through the city with their stars on bright
I know I know I know what I am chasing
I know I know I know that this is changing me,
I know I know I know that this is changing;
we’ll walk the streets, to feel the ground
I’m chasing Überlin

3 Replies to “MusicMonday: R.E.M. – “Überlin””

  1. Good call. This is totally London, Bethnal Green in the East End. So bizarrely, their ode to Berlin is making me homesick!
    Also, I was listening to this U-Bahn anthem earlier today…

  2. James, that's great you recognized the neighborhood. It looks like such a cool place. No wonder you feel a little homesick.

    I LOVE "The Passenger". Young Iggy Pop is amazing. Wait, any age Iggy Pop is amazing. Thank you for sharing it.

    – Luci

  3. Hey Luci, we've blogged about the song/videos too. Had to give you props at the end for bringing this to our attention.

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