Published Aug 19, 2014Since R.E.M.'s dissolution, Peter Buck has made the most of his freedom by releasing a couple of solo albums, and now he's following these with a new 7-inch EP. Opium Drivel will be out on October 21 through Mississippi Records.
The vinyl plays at 33 rpm, rather than 45 rpm like most 7-inches. This allows extra music to fit on the record, and there are four songs included here. The A-side features the originals "Portrait of a Sorry Man" and "If This Is Love Give Me My Money Back."
The B-side contains two stripped-down demos of the same two songs performed by Buck and auxiliary R.E.M. member Scott McCaughey (also of the Fresh Young Fellows and the Minus 5).
That's the Cramps-saluting artwork above. Buck's prior solo albums were exclusive to vinyl, so it's possible that this also won't be released digitally or on CD.
Thanks to Slicing Up Eyeballs for the tip.
A1. Portrait of a Sorry Man
A2. If This Is Love Give Me My Money Back
B1. Portrait of a Sorry Man (Demo)
B2. If This Is Love Give Me My Money Back (Demo)