Friday, March 27, 2009

The expression “losing my religion” comes from the South, and refers to losing one’s temper, or otherwise being at wit’s end. It is also the title of a song from a 1991 album by R.E.M. entitled Out of Time. The song rose to number four on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the highest-charting recording of the band at that time. It was also released as one of four singles from the album that year.

Guitarist Peter Buck explains: "[W]hen I listened back to it the next day, there was a bunch of stuff that was really just me learning how to play mandolin, and then there's what became 'Losing My Religion', and then a whole bunch more of me learning to play the mandolin." (excerpt from "Reveal: The Story of R.E.M." by Johnny Black, Backbeat Books, 2004.)

We can't add much more to that, except to show it here as a "literal remix" version. At a time when we know a lot of people losing their religion (more about that later), there was little else we could choose for this week's Friday Afternoon Moment of Whimsy.

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