Listen to REM, Thom Yorke’s version of “E-Bow the Letter”

The song will appear on the upcoming ‘REM at the BBC.’

REM have released a live recording of “E-Bow the Letter” that features Thom Yorke. It will appear on the former’s upcoming REM at the BBC box set.

The original, released as a single off REM’s 1996 record New Adventures in Hi-Fi, features Patti Smith on backup vocals. The version with Yorke, however, was recorded back in 2004 at St James’ Church in London, where the Radiohead frontman made a surprise appearance.

That wasn’t the first time the illustrious songwriter had shared the stage with REM. In 1995, Radiohead paired up with the American rockers on their Monster tour. And three years later, Yorke and REM frontman Michael Stipe performed “E-Bow the Letter” together at the Tibetan Freedom Concert.


The upcoming REM box set is a massive one—eight CDs and a DVD—with content spanning the group’s 30-year career, including a 1998 session with DJ/producer John Peel and a 2008 Live Lounge performance at BBC’s Radio 1. Needless to say, it’s a must-have for all REM fans. The collection lands October 19.

In the meantime, check out the Thom Yorke “E-Bow the Letter” feature here:

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