R.E.M has got it all on todays video from Late Night with David Letterman in june 1983. R.E.M here shows off what was soon to come. This their first television performance on national tv ever.
The song is 'So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)' and was first released on Reckoning (1984) and didn't have a name when R.E.M played it on Letterman.
What I love about this video is the totally cool and relaxed atmosphere in the studio. Letterman talking with Buck & Mills about their music, while a shy Michael Stipe hides in the background. And their looks. It's brilliant. Mike Mills looks nerdy as a young Bill Gates and Stipe just looks amazingly cool and Godlike, with his hair and young and haunted attitude. Their style is almost grungy!
The music is superb as well. Sounds pretty campfire-simple, but changes a hell of a lot of chords and keys three times. I don't have a clue about the lyrics, but they are sung with so much emotional insight, that I don't even care.