"Stand" featured on R.E.M.'s first major label record, 1988's Green. According to Michael Stipe it was inspired by the pop songs of 60's bands such as The Archies and The Monkees: “They threw these super bubblegummy songs at me, and I said, ‘I’ll raise you and see you one.’ And I wrote the most inane lyrics that I could possibly write. Now, it was a very intentional thing to do that. I really like most of those songs, in fact.” And there we have it. "Stand" sounds as good today as it did when it was released and is a testament to a great group that is no more. By the way, the video is great too.
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