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Christmas Fan Club Singles

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Adam Scott Aukerman give listeners the gift of a new episode in which they discuss R.E.M.’s Christmas Fan Club Singles. Plus, Scott and Scott talk about treasured Christmas memories.

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Adam had definitely talked about his job at the toffee shop before, but never to this level of detail, and I'm pretty sure that this was the first appearance of the phrase "Candy Boy".

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In 2005, just as I was nosediving into R.E.M.'s 1980s back catalogue, my favourite magazine (Uncut, from the UK) put out free CDs chock-full of R.E.M. influences - each curated by a member of R.E.M.!

I only got the Mike Mills version (my teenage budget couldn't justify buying three identical magazines), but it was an absolute treasure trove for discovering bands like The Replacements, The Jayhawks, Pylon, Jason & the Scorchers and Soul Asylum:

http://www.45worlds.com/cdalbum/cd/uncut200508a

(I've turned it into a Spotify playlist:) 

 

Stipe went a bit more ecletic:

https://www.discogs.com/Various-The-REM-Collection-Disc-2-Michael-Stipe-Presents-Rare-And-Unreleased-Tracks/release/1796688

(Spotify link to follow)

Peter Buck's was very expansive, going all the way from Ry Cooder to Sufjan Stevens:

https://www.discogs.com/Various-The-REM-Collection-Disc-2-Michael-Stipe-Presents-Rare-And-Unreleased-Tracks/release/1796688

(Spotify link to follow)

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