R.E.M. is going deep into the vault to dig up a previously unreleased song for a good cause.
The alt rock band from Athens, GA has shared “Fascinating” via Bandcamp. Fans can download the track for $2 with the proceeds going to hurricane victims in the Bahamas.
The track first appeared on the original master of 2001’s Reveal before being cut. It was re-recorded in the Bahamas for 2004’s Around the Sun but again didn’t make it onto the final release.
Bassist/keyboardist Mike Mills said the song would have made Reveal too long and didn’t fit the mood of Around the Sun, but “Fascinating” has finally found its purpose.
“I have been fortunate to spend many weeks working and playing in the Bahamas, making friends and lots of music there,” Mills said. “It breaks my heart to see the damage wrought by Hurricane Dorian. Please help us and Mercy Corps do what we can to alleviate the suffering caused by this catastrophe.”
“The Bahamas faces a long road to recovery after this devastating hurricane,” said Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO of Mercy Corps. “We’re grateful to have R.E.M. in our global community of humanitarians, sharing their song with the world to help the people of the Bahamas recover and build back even stronger.”