My Sunday Song #51 is my favorite R.E.M. song called “Losing My Religion”. The song is off the 1991 album ‘Out of Time’ and it reached as high as #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was probably the most popluar R.E.M. song at the time and maybe ever. It was nominated for 4 Grammy Awards and won for 2 of them. One of which was for music video and you can see it at the end of the commentary.
Why do I like the song? I really love the guitar sound and that mandolin that Peter Buck plays. It captures to essence of the song and helps bring to life the imagery of the lyrics. Michael’s voice is so unique and for this song it was a little creepy which is perfect as the song was about obsession over another.
“Losing My Religion” is an old phrase meaning that you have lost it. You are losing your wits or temper. As this is an obsession song, the singer has lost their mind over this person and is fantasizing about them constantly. Lyrically it is very disturbing.