R.E.M. ‎– Monster

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Monster is the ninth studio album by the American alternative rock band R.E.M., released in September 1994 on Warner Bros. Records. Co-produced by the band and Scott Litt and recorded in four different recording studios, Monster was an intentional stylistic shift from the group's preceding albums, Out of Time (1991) and Automatic for the People (1992), consisting of loud, distorted guitar tones and simple song arrangements. Singer Michael Stipe's lyrics on the album dealt with the nature of celebrity, which he sang while assuming various characters.

Led by the successful single "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?", Monster debuted at number one in the United States and at least seven other countries. Four further singles were released from the album in 1995, including UK Top 20 hits "Bang and Blame", "Strange Currencies" and "Tongue". The album received generally positive reviews from critics. In 1995, the band promoted the record with its first concert tour since 1989. Although the tour was commercially successful, it was marked by several personal health problems. The album's follow-up, New Adventures in Hi-Fi, was mostly recorded during the tour.

Tracklist

What's The Frequency, Kenneth? 3:59
Crush With Eyeliner 4:39
King Of Comedy 3:39
I Don't Sleep, I Dream 3:25
Star 69 3:07
Strange Currencies 3:51
Tongue 4:08
Bang And Blame 4:48
I Took Your Name 4:07
Let Me In 3:27
Circus Envy 4:14
You 4:52

Versions (64)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
9 45740-2 R.E.M. Monster(CD, Album) Warner Bros. Records 9 45740-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
9362457402 R.E.M. Monster (Australasian Tour Limited Edition)(CD, Album, Ltd, Gol) Warner Bros. Records 9362457402 Australia 1994 Sell This Version
1-45740 R.E.M. Monster - Test Pressing(LP, TP) Specialty Records Corporation 1-45740 US 1994 Sell This Version
9362-45740-2 R.E.M. Monster(CD, Album) Warner Bros. Records 9362-45740-2 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
9362457402 R.E.M. Monster(CD, Album) Warner Bros. Records 9362457402 Australia 1994 Sell This Version
9 45740-2 R.E.M. Monster(CD, Album) Warner Bros. Records 9 45740-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
9362-45740-2 R.E.M. Monster(CD, Album) Warner Bros. Records 9362-45740-2 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
WPCR-101, 9362-45740-2 R.E.M. Monster(CD, Album) WEA Japan, Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records WPCR-101, 9362-45740-2 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
9362457402 R.E.M. Monster(CD, Album) Warner Bros. Records 9362457402 Australia 1994 Sell This Version
9362-45740-2, 945740 R.E.M. Monster(CD, Album) Warner Bros. Records, Hed-Arzi 9362-45740-2, 945740 Israel 1994 Sell This Version
WBCD 1802 R.E.M. Monster(CD, Album) Warner Bros. Records WBCD 1802 South Africa 1994 Sell This Version
CDW 45740 R.E.M. Monster(CD, Album) Warner Bros. Records CDW 45740 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
W2 45740 R.E.M. Monster(CD, Album, Club) Warner Bros. Records W2 45740 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
9 45740-2 R.E.M. Monster(CD, Album, Club) Warner Bros. Records 9 45740-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
9 45740-2 R.E.M. Monster(CD, Album, Club) Warner Bros. Records 9 45740-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
9362-45763-2 R.E.M. Monster(CD, Album, Ltd) Warner Bros. Records 9362-45763-2 UK & Europe 1994 Sell This Version
9 45763-2 R.E.M. Monster(CD, Album, Ltd) Warner Bros. Records 9 45763-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
6302270015 R.E.M. Monster(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, dig) Warner Music Greece S.A. 6302270015 Greece 1994 Sell This Version
WPCR-101 R.E.M. Monster(CD, Album, Promo) Warner Music Japan Inc. WPCR-101 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
9362-45740-2 R.E.M. Monster(CD, Album, Promo, Fol) Warner Bros. Records 9362-45740-2 Sweden 1994 Sell This Version
9362-45740-2 R.E.M. Monster(CD, Album, RP) Warner Bros. Records 9362-45740-2 Argentina 1994 Sell This Version
4-45740, 9 45740-4 R.E.M. Monster(Cass, Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 4-45740, 9 45740-4 Indonesia 1994 Sell This Version
9 45740-4, 4-45740 R.E.M. Monster(Cass, Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 9 45740-4, 4-45740 Malaysia 1994 Sell This Version
24 57404 R.E.M. Monster(Cass, Album) Warner Bros. Records 24 57404 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
9362-45740-4, 9 45740-2 R.E.M. Monster(Cass, Album) Warner Music Korea, Warner Bros. Records 9362-45740-4, 9 45740-2 South Korea 1994 Sell This Version
9 45740-4 R.E.M. Monster(Cass, Album) Warner Bros. Records 9 45740-4 Philippines 1994 Sell This Version
9362-45740-4 R.E.M. Monster(Cass, Album) Warner Bros. Records 9362-45740-4 Ecuador 1994 Sell This Version
9 45740-4, 4-45740 R.E.M. Monster(Cass, Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 9 45740-4, 4-45740 Singapore 1994 Sell This Version
9362457404 R.E.M. Monster(Cass, Album) Warner Bros. Records 9362457404 Australia 1994 Sell This Version
WC-1380 R.E.M. Monster(Cass, Album) Warner Bros. Records WC-1380 Bolivia 1994 Sell This Version
PCW-627 R.E.M. Monster(Cass, Album) Polton, Warner Bros. Records PCW-627 Poland 1994 Sell This Version
9362-45740-4 R.E.M. Monster(Cass, Album) Warner Music Poland, Warner Music, Warner Bros. Records 9362-45740-4 Poland 1994 Sell This Version
9362-45740-4 R.E.M. Monster(Cass, Album, B N) Warner Music Poland 9362-45740-4 Poland 1994 Sell This Version
9 45740-4 R.E.M. Monster(Cass, Album, Club) Warner Bros. Records 9 45740-4 US 1994 Sell This Version
W4 45740 R.E.M. Monster(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) Warner Bros. Records W4 45740 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
9 45740-4 R.E.M. Monster(Cass, Album, Dol) Warner Bros. Records 9 45740-4 Turkey 1994 Sell This Version
9 45740-4, 4-45740 R.E.M. Monster(Cass, Album, Dol) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 9 45740-4, 4-45740 US 1994 Sell This Version
9362-45740-4 R.E.M. Monster(Cass, Album, HX-) Warner Bros. Records 9362-45740-4 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
WT 0340 R.E.M. Monster(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Western Thunder Records WT 0340 Ukraine 1994 Sell This Version
B-463 R.E.M. Monster(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Basston B-463 Poland 1994 Sell This Version
597 R.E.M. Monster(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Audio Max 597 Poland 1994 Sell This Version
none R.E.M. Monster(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (R.E.M.) none Bulgaria 1994 Sell This Version
9 45740-1, 1-45740 R.E.M. Monster(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 9 45740-1, 1-45740 US 1994 Sell This Version
9362 45740-1 R.E.M. Monster(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records 9362 45740-1 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
945740 1 R.E.M. Monster(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records 945740 1 Brazil 1994 Sell This Version
9 45740-1, 1-45740 R.E.M. Monster(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 9 45740-1, 1-45740 US 1994 Sell This Version
JH-1318, 9362-45740-4 Ⓤ R.E.M. Monster(Cass, Album, RE, HX-) Jin Die, Warner Music Hong Kong, Warner Bros. Records JH-1318, 9362-45740-4 Ⓤ China 1997 Sell This Version
9362-45740-2 R.E.M. Monster(CD, Album, RP) Warner Bros. Records 9362-45740-2 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
WPCR-2286 R.E.M. Monster(CD, Album) WEA Japan WPCR-2286 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
8122-73949-2 R.E.M. Monster(CD, Album, RE + DVD-A, Album, RM, Multichannel, NT) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Strategic Marketing 8122-73949-2 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
R2 73949 R.E.M. Monster(CD, Album, RE + DVD-V, Album, RM, Multichannel, NT) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Strategic Marketing R2 73949 US 2005 Sell This Version
9 45740-2 R.E.M. Monster(CD, Album) Warner Bros. Records 9 45740-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
9 45740-2 R.E.M. Monster(CD, Album, Club, RE) Warner Bros. Records 9 45740-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
9 45740-2 R.E.M. Monster(CD, Album, Club, RP) Warner Bros. Records 9 45740-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
9362-45740-2 R.E.M. Monster(CD, Album, Promo) Warner Bros. Records 9362-45740-2 Turkey Unknown Sell This Version
9 45740-2 R.E.M. Monster(CD, Album, RP) Warner Bros. Records 9 45740-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
9 45740-2 R.E.M. Monster(CD, Album, RP) Warner Bros. Records 9 45740-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
9362-45740-2 R.E.M. Monster(CD, Album, Unofficial) Warner Bros. Records (2) 9362-45740-2 Bulgaria Unknown Sell This Version
9362-45740-2 R.E.M. Monster(CD, Album, Unofficial) Warner Bros. Records (2) 9362-45740-2 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
905 R.E.M. Monster(Cass, Album, Unofficial) MR (2) 905 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
none R.E.M. Monster(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (R.E.M.) none Bulgaria Unknown Sell This Version
1619 R.E.M. Monster(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Poker Sound By Roton 1619 Romania Unknown Sell This Version
985 R.E.M. Monster(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Vivo (4) 985 Romania Unknown Sell This Version
ES 2756 R.E.M. Monster(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Euro Star ES 2756 Poland Unknown Sell This Version

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Technocentral

Technocentral

October 6, 2017
referencing Monster, LP, Album, 9362 45740-1
50 quid for a "v good" copy! I'll wait for the vinyl upcoming re-release thanks.
aero9k

aero9k

July 24, 2017
referencing Monster, LP, Album, 9 45740-1, 1-45740
This is an exceptional sounding pressing that really conveys the energy of the album.
soulsixties

soulsixties

December 9, 2016
referencing Monster, LP, Album, 9 45740-1, 1-45740
I was a kid when it came out, so had not nothing to do with their past albums, apart some hits. Had it on tape and liked the whole album. 30 years later, although not much into guitars music, even a 90s grunge offspring, I consider this a very good album, worthy of an eventual reissue. The kind of music is sentimental and hard to argue on its quality, but i believe it is still accessible and easy to enjoy from a large range of music fans, not necessarily the band fans who might expected and wanted something else.
soulsixties

soulsixties

December 9, 2016
referencing Monster, LP, Album, 9362 45740-1
Any inner sleeve with lyrics, like in the other editions?
kale87

kale87

November 28, 2016
referencing Monster, CD, Album, Club, 9 45740-2
I guess we'll have to wait till 2019 to get the "25th Anniversary Edition" to a reasonable price ...
runskeeter

runskeeter

November 14, 2016
referencing Monster, LP, Album, 9 45740-1, 1-45740
Even Stipe is quoted as saying that most hated the album upon release but over the years regard it as a pretty solid effort.
Reesdog

Reesdog

January 14, 2016
referencing Monster, LP, Album, 9 45740-1, 1-45740

Well I don't agree with tim24 that everyone hated this upon release, my friends and I loved it back then and this is a fantastic album and sounds excellent on vinyl now.
tlm24

tlm24

September 30, 2014
referencing Monster, LP, Album, 9 45740-1, 1-45740
Can someone shed some light on why this is so expensive, considering you couldn't even pay a record store to take the CD off you? Everyone bought this album in 1994, and listened to it and hated it, so everyone tried to sell it. Even REM fans hate this album. (Personally, I love the band, and this album is one of my favorites)