|"The Great Beyond"|
|Single by R.E.M.|
|from the album Man on the Moon (Music from the Motion Picture)|
|"The One I Love" (Live), "Everybody Hurts" (Live), "Man on the Moon" (Live)|
|Released||November 16, 1999|
|Length||5:06 (album version)|
4:14 (radio edit)
|R.E.M. singles chronology|
"The Great Beyond" is a song by R.E.M. written specifically for the 1999 film Man on the Moon. It was released as a single the following year for support of the film's soundtrack album. The single reached #3 in the UK singles chart in January 2000, the band's highest-ever chart position in that country. The unedited version is included in two R.E.M. compilations: In Time - The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003 and Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage 1982-2011. On the Man on the Moon soundtrack, there is some dialogue from the movie at the end of the track; meanwhile, the single version is a radio edit, with the bridge omitted.
In the unedited version, at 4:09 and at 4:26, the listener can hear Michael Stipe singing the following lines in the background: "Here's a little agit for the never-believer, here's a little ghost for the offering". Both lines were taken from the 1992 R.E.M. song "Man on the Moon", also about Andy Kaufman, from which the movie took its title.
The song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.
The song's video was directed by Liz Friedlander. It originally featured footage of Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman from the 1999 film. Yet, the compilation DVD In View: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003 (which accompanied In Time and collected R.E.M.'s major videos from 1988 to 2003), the video was remixed to feature archived footage of Kaufman himself (similar to the video for "Man on the Moon"). The original version can be seen on the Man on the Moon DVD. Carrey revealed in the 2017 documentary Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond that he had been invited to appear in the video in person, but refused, as he wished to psychologically distance himself from the Kaufman character; he stated that he now regretted the decision.
In June 2003, Michael Stipe sang an a capella excerpt from the song for a BBC Radio 2 advertisement. He performed it on a stage in an empty theater. Welsh progressive breakbeat producers Hybrid later would use this a cappella to create a bootleg remix.
A live version of this song is included on R.E.M. Live.
Cassette / US CD
|Canada Top Singles (RPM)||16|
|Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)||46|
|Canada Rock/Alternative (RPM)||4|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||56|
|Iceland (Íslenski Listinn Topp 40)||4|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||91|
|Scotland (Official Charts Company)||1|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||72|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||3|
|US Billboard Hot 100||57|
|US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)||1|
|US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)||13|
|US Alternative Songs (Billboard)||11|
|US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)||33|