Over the years there were a few songs that were mentioned in interviews, or scratchy versions appeared on bootlegs. Some have eventually appeared, like Devil Rides Backwards on a Horse Named Maybe and Fascinating.
But some have not. These are like the Holy Grail for us R.E.M. fans!
Do we think we’ll ever hear them? Two stick out for me: Lucky Piece and Weatherman.
I’ve never heard Lucky Piece, but Michael Stipe mentioned it in a Mojo interview around the time of Monster.
I’ve heard the same low quality version of Weatherman as everyone else, and it sounds amazing. I understand why it might not have fit on Around the Sun, but I really hope that a decent version exists somewhere, and that we get to hear it some day.