Alt-rock pioneers R.E.M. and the team behind FX‘s critically acclaimed hit series, “The Bear,” have partnered to release a full-length music video for “Strange Currencies (Remix).”
The visual combines footage from R.E.M.’s Road Movie (documenting their 1995 tour), plus exclusive clips and behind-the-scenes footage from second season of “The Bear,” which premiered June 22 exclusively on Hulu.
The remix, which first appeared on 2019’s Monster (25th Anniversary Edition), found the band’s longtime producer Scott Litt revisiting the bestselling 1994 album, offering a fresh perspective on each track.
On May 15, “Strange Currencies (Remix)” was featured prominently in the official trailer for season two of “The Bear.”
Multiple iterations of “Strange Currencies” will appear throughout the season, including the original 1994 mix, the 2019 remix, as well as a never-before-heard demo of the song.
Additionally, a “Strange Currencies” digital single featuring a live version captured in 1995 and on 1999’s Road Movie, along with the remastered album version and the 2019 remix, debuted on digital platforms last week.
R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe counts himself among the series’ biggest fans, saying, “The Bear is hands down my favorite show of last year – I cannot wait to dive into episodes for Season 2. Having incorporated R.E.M. songs into their universe makes it even sweeter. The best people at any party are always in the kitchen!”
Adds bassist Mike Mills, “I’m so glad The Bear exists. It has become one of my favorite TV shows, and I can’t wait to watch more of it.”
(Photo: FX’s “The Bear”)
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