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‘Orange Crush’ by R.E.M. – Classic Hit or Miss

“Orange Crush” is a song by the American alternative rock band R.E.M. It was released as the first single from the band’s sixth studio album, Green, in 1988. It was not commercially released in the US despite reaching number one as a promotional single on both the Mainstream and Modern Rock Tracks (where, at the time, it had the record for longest stay at number one with eight weeks, beating U2). It peaked at number 28 on the UK Singles Charts, making it the band’s then-highest chart hit in Britain. The song’s title is a reference to the chemical defoliant Agent Orange used in the Vietnam War. As a guest on the late-night show Last Call with Carson Daly, Michael Stipe explained that the song was about a young American football player leaving the comforts of home for the war in Vietnam.

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