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Hear an Unreleased R.E.M. Song, “Devil Rides Backwards”

NEW YORK - JUNE 19: Singer Michael Stipe (L) and Peter Buck of R.E.M. performs at Madison Square Garden on June 19, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)

On November 10, R.E.M. will release a deluxe 25th anniversary reissue of Automatic for the People (and accompanying merch). The reissue includes two previously unreleased demo recordings, “Mike’s Pop Song” and “Devil Rides Backwards.” The first was released digitally alongside the reissue announcement, and the latter can now be streamed below.

The actual 25th anniversary date of Automatic for the People was yesterday, October 5. You can pre-order the upcoming reissue here, then read SPIN’s contemporaneous feature on the band and original album review.