Today happens to be the 20th anniversary of Monster, the only R.E.M. album to debut at the top of the Billboard 200, and it looks like the band decided to celebrate by announcing the release of a six-disc DVD box set. Called REMTV, it’s a compilation of their television appearances and history with MTV throughout the years.
From the band’s website:
R.E.M. and MTV came of age together. From the start, their fates were intertwined, with the band releasing its first single in July 1981, just weeks before the network premiered its first music video. From that point on, MTV documented everything about R.E.M, their music, their stories, and ultimately, their decision to disband in 2011. This entire story, beginning to end, is chronicled in REMTV, a new six-DVD set that includes live performances, award show highlights, and television appearances, as well as a new documentary about their shared history… Undoubtedly, the heart of this superb collection is the new feature-length documentary, R.E.M. By MTV, included on the final disc. Drawing exclusively on archival events, the film traces R.E.M. and MTV in real time, which makes it feel as exciting and immediate as it did when it was happening.
REMTV will be released on November 24. If you preorder via the band’s website, you receive a free download of the R.E.M. Supersonic show in Milan.
But before you order, make sure to remember Monster with a listen to its lead single “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?” (Let’s take bets on how many people will karaoke this song tonight.)