The great beyond (canzone dei REM del 1999)

The great Beyond è una canzone scritta ed interpretata dai REM ed inclusa nella colonna sonora del film MAN ON THE MOON con protagonista Jim Carrey ed incentrato sulla vita del celebre comico Andy Kaufman. Il titolo del film è tra l’altro preso in prestito dall’omonima canzone della band di Athens pubblicata nel 1992 e dedicata proprio a Kaufman, anch’essa parte della colonna sonora.

Nel testo, scritto dal cantante Michael Stipe, è come se lo stesso Kaufman parlasse in prima persona descrivendo una serie di situazioni surreali, molte di queste descritte nel videoclip a supporto utilizzando estratti del film con in prima linea il protagonista Jim Carrey. Quest’ultimo inizialmente avrebbe dovuto prendere parte in maniera attiva alla realizzazione del video salvo inspiegabilmente declinare all’ultimo momento, cosa che a detta di diversi testimoni fu anche causa di attriti.

La canzone non è stata inserita in alcuna pubblicazione ufficiale dei REM ma solo in formato singolo con, a seconda del formato, l’accompagnamento di varie registrazioni live del periodo. Venne comunque inclusa nella colonna sonora ufficiale del film che, per convenzione, viene considerata come parte integrante della discografia del gruppo in quanto vi sono presenti diverse parti strumentali composte per l’occasione, oltre al fatto che Michael Stipe ha co-prodotto la pellicola.

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