R.E.M. have dug out a song from their vaults to help raise hurricane relief funds for the Bahamas.
“Fascinating” is available for download or streaming at Bandcamp, and all proceeds will go directly to Mercy Corps’ emergency response and recovery efforts in the Bahamas in the wake of Dorian.
R.E.M. first took a crack at the song in 2001 for their album Reveal, but it was the last track cut from that album. They re-recorded it 2004 at Nassau’s Compass Point Studios for Around the Sun but left it off again. Bassist Mike Mills says, “I have been fortunate to spend many weeks working and playing in the Bahamas, making friends and lots of music there. 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.”