Shiny Happy People

1991 single by R.E.M.

"Shiny Happy People" is a 1991 song by alternative rock band R.E.M. and is the second single from their seventh studio album Out of Time. It went to the top ten in the United Kingdom, the United States, Ireland, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Norway. It features the voice of The B-52's singer Kate Pierson.

"Shiny Happy People"
Single by R.E.M.
from the album Out of Time
B-side"Forty Second Song"
ReleasedMay 6, 1991 (1991-05-06)[1]
RecordedSeptember–October 1990
Genre
Length
  • 3:45
  • 3:12 (radio edit)
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
R.E.M. singles chronology
"Losing My Religion"
(1991)
"Shiny Happy People"
(1991)
"Near Wild Heaven"
(1991)
Music video
"Shiny Happy People" at YouTube

Track listingsEdit

All songs were written by Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe unless otherwise stated.

US and UK 7-inch and cassette single[5][6][7][8]

  1. "Shiny Happy People" (album version) – 3:44
  2. "Forty Second Song" – 1:20

UK 12-inch and CD single[9][10]

  1. "Shiny Happy People" – 3:45
  2. "Forty Second Song" – 1:20
  3. "Losing My Religion" (live acoustic version, recorded on Rockline, April 1, 1991.) – 4:36

UK limited-edition CD single[11]

  1. "Shiny Happy People" – 3:45
  2. "I Remember California" (live, from Tourfilm) – 5:42
  3. "Get Up" (live, from Tourfilm) – 3:15
  4. "Pop Song '89" (live, from Tourfilm) – 3:30

ReferencesEdit

  1. "New Releases: Singles". Music Week. May 4, 1991. p. 31. Misprinted as May 7 on source.
  2. O'Neal, Sean (January 29, 2015). ""Shiny Happy People" and a young man's blossoming into cynicism". Retrieved 27 December 2022.
  3. Andrew Marr (November 20, 2016). REM Talk Donald Trump on Andrew Marr show, Michael Stipe Mike Mills. YouTube. The Andrew Marr Show. BBC. Archived from the original on 2016-11-21. Retrieved 27 December 2022.
  4. "In Defense of… R.E.M.'s 'Shiny Happy People'".
  5. Shiny Happy People (US 7-inch single vinyl disc). R.E.M. Warner Bros. Records. 1991. 7-19242.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  6. Shiny Happy People (US cassette single cassette notes). R.E.M. Warner Bros. Records. 1991. 4-19242.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  7. Shiny Happy People (UK 7-inch single sleeve). R.E.M. Warner Bros. Records. 1991. W0027, 5439-19307-7.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  8. Shiny Happy People (UK cassette single sleeve). R.E.M. Warner Bros. Records. 1991. W0027C, 5439 19307-4.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  9. Shiny Happy People (UK 12-inch single sleeve). R.E.M. Warner Bros. Records. 1991. W0027T, 9362-40078-0.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  10. Shiny Happy People (UK CD single liner notes). R.E.M. Warner Bros. Records. 1991. W0027CD, 9362 40078-2.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  11. Shiny Happy People (UK limited CD single liner notes). R.E.M. Warner Bros. Records. 1991. W0027CDX, 9362 40079-2.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)