R.E.M. Shares 2003 Jools Holland 'Nightswimming' Performance

By Katrina Nattress

October 5, 2018

Last month,  R.E.M. announced a career-spanning box set called R.E.M. at the BBC. Last week, the band released a 2004 recording of "E-Bow the Letter" with Radiohead's Thom Yorke, and on Thursday (October 4), they shared a performance video from a 2003 episode of Later... with Jools Holland. In the video, Michael Stipe sings "Nightswimming" accompanied by Mike Mills on piano. Later, a horn section comes in, ending with an oboe solo. The track comes from the band’s 1993 album Automatic for the People.

Watch the hypnotizing performance below.

The collection will be available in digital, 2-CD, 2-LP and a Super Deluxe 8-CD/1-DVD box set editions, and like the title implies, the set is an accumulation of the band’s sessions for BBC Radio and with legendary DJ John Peel. 

A 1991 Radio 1 performance of “Losing My Religion” is available with preorders of the compilation. You can pre-order the box set in all its forms here. Check out the Super Deluxe track list below.

R.E.M. at the BBC Super Deluxe Track List

Disc 1 – Sessions 

Into The Night, BBC Radio 1, 13 March 1991

1. “World Leader Pretend”2. “Fretless”3. “Half A World Away”4. “Radio Song”5. “Losing My Religion”6. “Love Is All Around”

John Peel Studio Session, 25 October 1998

7. “Walk Unafraid”8. “Daysleeper”9. “Lotus”10. “At My Most Beautiful”

Mark and Lard, BBC Radio 1, 15 October 2003

11. “Bad Day”12. “Orange Crush”

Drivetime, BBC Radio 2, 15 October 2003

13. “Man On The Moon”14. “Imitation Of Life”

Radio 1 Live Lounge, 26 March 2008

15. “Supernatural Superserious”16. “Munich”

Disc 2- Sessions

BBC Radio 1 Session, 25 October 1998

1. “Introduction”

2. “Losing My Religion”

3. “New Test Leper”

4. “Lotus”

5. “Parakeet”

6. “Electrolite”

7. “Perfect Circle”

8. “The Apologist”

9. “Daysleeper”

10. “Country Feedback”

11. “At My Most Beautiful”

12. “Walk Unafraid”

13. “Man On The Moon”

Disc 3 – Live Broadcasts

Rock City, Nottingham, 21 November 1984

1. “Second Guessing”

2. “Hyena”

3. “Talk About The Passion”

4. “West Of The Fields”

5. “(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville”

6. “Auctioneer (Another Engine)”

7. “So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)”

8. “Old Man Kensey”

9. “Gardening At Night”

10. “9-9/Hey Diddle Diddle/Feeling Gravitys Pull”

11. “Windout”

12. “Driver 8 3:25”

13. “Pretty Persuasion”

14. “Radio Free Europe”

15. “Wendell Gee”

16. “Carnival Of Sorts (Boxcars)”

Disc 4 – Live Broadcasts

Milton Keynes, 30 July 1995

1. “What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?”

2. “Crush With Eyeliner”

3. “Drive”

4. “Turn You Inside Out”

5. “Try Not To Breathe”

6. “I Took Your Name”

7. “Undertow”

8. “Bang And Blame”

9. “I Don’t Sleep I Dream”

10. “Strange Currencies”

11. “Revolution”

12. “Tongue”

Disc 5 – Live Broadcasts

Milton Keynes, 30 July 1995

1. “Man On The Moon”

2. “Country Feedback”

3. “Half A World Away”

4. “Losing My Religion”

5. “Pop Song 89”

6. “Finest Worksong”

7. “Get Up”

8. “Star 69”

9. “Let Me In”

10. “Everybody Hurts”

11. “Fall On Me”

12. “Departure”

13. “Its the End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”

Disc 6 – Live Broadcasts

Pyramid Stage Glastonbury Festival, 25 June 1999

1. “Lotus”

2. “What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?”

3. “So Fast, So Numb”

4. “The Apologist”

5. “Fall On Me”

6. “Daysleeper”

7. “The Wake-Up Bomb”

8. “The One I Love”

9. “Sweetness Follows”

10. “At My Most Beautiful”

Disc 7 – Live Broadcasts

Pyramid Stage Glastonbury Festival, 25 June 1999

1. “Losing My Religion”

2. “Everybody Hurts”

3. “Walk Unafraid”

4. “Star 69”

5. “Finest Worksong”

6. “Man On The Moon”

7. “Why Not Smile”

8. “Crush With Eyeliner”

9. “Tongue”

10. “Cuyahoga”

11. “Its the End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”

Disc 8 – Live Broadcasts

St. James’ Church, London Radio 2, 15 September 2004

1. “Intro”

2. “So Fast, So Numb”

3. “Boy In The Well”

4. “I Wanted To Be Wrong”

5. “E-Bow The Letter” (with Thom Yorke)

6. “Around The Sun”

7. “Aftermath”

8. “Losing My Religion”

9. “Walk Unafraid”

10. “Leaving New York”

11. “Imitation Of Life”

12. “Man On The Moon”

Disc 9 (DVD) – Television Broadcasts

Accelerating Backwards

“Moon River”

“Pretty Persuasion”

“Pop Song 89”

“Orange Crush”

“Losing My Religion”

“Half A World Away”

“Crush With Eyeliner”

“Man On The Moon”


“Imitation Of Life”

“So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)”

“All The Way To Reno (You’re Gonna Be A Star)”

“Leaving New York”

Later… with Jools Holland Presents R.E.M.


“Losing My Religion”


“New Test Leper”



“At My Most Beautiful”

“The Apologist”

“Country Feedback”


“So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)”

“Walk Unafraid”

“Man On The Moon”

“The Passenger”

Bonus Videos

“I’ve Been High”


“Bad Day”

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