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Released: November 8, 1988

Rating: 3.704 (average of 20 ratings)

Genre: alternative/ college rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Pop Song 89
  2. Get Up
  3. You Are the Everything
  4. Stand
  5. World Leader Pretend
  6. The Wrong Child
  7. Orange Crush
  8. Turn You Inside-Out
  9. Hairshirt
  10. I Remember California
  11. This World Is Big [unlisted track]

Total Running Time: 40:43


sales in U.S. only 2 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 300,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 4.5 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 12
peak on U.K. album chart 27

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Orange Crush (11/12/88) #28 UK, #1 AR, #1 MR
  • Stand (12/3/88) #6 US, #48 UK, #1 AR, #1 MR
  • Pop Song 89 (12/3/88) #86 US, #14 AR, #16 MR
  • Turn You Inside-Out (3/18/89) #10 MR
  • Get Up (9/89) --


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

“As far as major-label debuts by underground bands go, Green is fairly uncompromising. While it displays a more powerful guitar sound on Get Up, Turn You Inside Out, and Orange Crush, it also takes more detours than Document, whether it’s the bizarrely affecting contemporary folk of The Wrong Child and You Are the Everything, the bubblegum of Stand and Pop Song 89, or the introspection of the lovely Hairshirt and World Leader Pretend” (Erlewine).

“But instead of presenting a portrait of a band with a rich, eclectic vision, Green is incoherent. While its best moments are flat-out great, the band has bitten off more than it can chew; many of the songs sound like failed experiments, and its arena-ready production now sounds slightly dated. Nevertheless, half of the record is brilliant, and it certainly indicates that R.E.M. are continuing to diversify their sound” (Erlewine).

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previous album: Document (1987) R.E.M.’s DMDB page next album: Out of Time (1991)

Last updated April 2, 2008.