Cover art to Document

Document is the fifth studio album by R.E.M., and the final R.E.M. studio record released on the I.R.S. Records label, in 1987, before signing onto Warner Bros. Records. It is the first record R.E.M. worked with long-term producer Scott Litt.


With a new producer and a range of new rock riffs (bridging from the rocky music style of the band's previous record, Lifes Rich Pageant) for the record, R.E.M. were making their way into mainstream success. The album reached #10 on the The Billboard 200 chart in the U.S., and managed #28 in the UK on the album chart. The first single from Document, "The One I Love", reached #9 in the U.S., the band's first top 10 hit in the States, and reached a successful #16 in the UK (on it's re-release in 1991).

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe, except as indicated.

  1. "Finest Worksong" – 3:48
  2. "Welcome to the Occupation" – 2:46
  3. "Exhuming McCarthy" – 3:19
  4. "Disturbance at the Heron House" – 3:32
  5. "Strange" (B.C. Gilbert, Graham Lewis, Colin Newman, Robert Gotobed) – 2:31
  6. "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" – 4:05
  7. "The One I Love" – 3:17
  8. "Fireplace" – 3:22
  9. "Lightnin' Hopkins" – 3:20
  10. "King of Birds" – 4:09
  11. "Oddfellows Local 151" – 5:21
  • On the vinyl release, side one (tracks 1–6) was labelled "Page side" and side two (tracks 7–11) labelled "R".

The I.R.S. Years reissueEdit

On May 11, 1993, EMI (which owns the I.R.S. catalogue) re-released Document with the following bonus tracks:

  1. "Finest Worksong" (other mix) – 3:47
  2. "Last Date" (Floyd Cramer) – 2:16
  3. "The One I Love" (live) – 4:06
  4. "Time After Time, Etc." (live) – 8:22
  5. "Disturbance at the Heron House" (live) – 3:26
  6. "Finest Worksong" (lengthy club mix) – 5:52