“Man On The Moon” — R.E.M.

For the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing…yes, it really happened…there’s probably no more appropriate song than R.E.M.’s “Man On The Moon”.

Of course, the song “Man On The Moon” had nothing at all to do with the escapades of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. Instead it was written as an affectionate tribute to the late actor, comedian and performance artist, Andy Kaufman.

While I knew the song was about Andy Kaufman when it came out…not least because his name is mentioned several times during the course of the record…the only thing I knew…

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No Words, No Song

Without words, it’s just a nice tune. Add words — now you’ve got a song. And songs can change your world. I write about some that changed mine.