“It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” is a song by the rock band R.E.M., found on their 1987 album Document and the 1988 compilation Eponymous. It was also released as a single in 1988, reaching #69 US Billboard Hot 100 and later reaching #39 in the UK singles chart on its re-release in 1991.
The song originated from a previous, unreleased, R.E.M. song called “PSA”, which is short for “Public Service Announcement”. The two songs are very similar in melody and tempo. “PSA” was itself later released as a single in 2003, under the title “Bad Day”.
In an interview with Guitar World magazine in the early 1990s, R.E.M.
guitarist Peter Buck indicated that one of the primary inspirations of
“End of the World” was Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues”.
REM End Of The World As We Know It (And I feel Fine).
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