R.E.M. and Michael Stipe have released a slowed down remix of ‘Let Me In’, a track created in tribute to former Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.
The song, created shortly after Cobain committed suicide in 1994, was record by Stipe with guitarist Mike Mills who used Cobain’s blue Fender to create the central melody after the instrument was gifted to the band by Courtney Love.
The admiration between both Cobain and R.E.M. was very much mutual and, famously, the Nirvana frontman was said: “I know we’re gonna put out one more record, at least, and I have a pretty good idea what it’s going to sound like: pretty ethereal, acoustic, like R.E.M.’s last album,” in an interview with Rolling Stone shortly before his untimely death. “If I could write just a couple of songs as good as what they’ve written… I don’t know how that band does what they do. God, they’re the greatest. They’ve dealt with their success like saints, and they keep delivering great music,” he added.
Ahead of the 25th anniversary edition of Monster, Stipe has returned to his tribute track to offer a fresh, raw take on the song: “The way it was recorded respond[ed] exactly to that moment, and what it felt like to have had someone that close to us, and who we admired as much as we admired Kurt, take his own life,” Stipe said in an interview with the BBC. “It was horrible.”
Listen to both tracks, below.