I finally heard the "new" R.E.M. single "Bad Day" on the radio this weekend. Oddly enough, I was able to sing along despite this being the first time I'd heard it. Or was it?
I went home and riffled through an old box of cassette tapes to see if I could quell the nagging suspicion in my mind. Sure enough, on a bootleg from 1985 I found the same song. Now, I can't be certain that "Bad Day" is quite that old. Often times, people will include extra songs to fill up the rest of the tape on bootlegs. However, since I've had this tape since I was in high school, I can be certain that the song has been around for at least 10 years.
Likewise, the song "All the Right Friends" from the "Vanilla Sky" soundtrack, is another oldie. I found it on a bootleg from 1982.
It's nice to finally hear clean recorings of these songs though.