Chronic Town 40 Out Now!

Today is release day for the 40th anniversary reissue of the band’s debut EP Chronic Town, available for the first time ever as a standalone CD with extensive liner notes by original producer, Mitch Easter, as well as on Vinyl Picture Disc and Cassette.

Featuring such beloved classics in the band’s repertoire as “Gardening At Night,” “Wolves, Lower” and “1,000,000,” the five song EP, as Rolling Stone noted, “served notice that R.E.M. was an outfit to watch.” As a debut release, Chronic Town was an anomaly… a record that didn’t quite fit into the constraints of what was played on the radio. So instead of trying to fit into a genre, R.E.M. patiently forged their own path, following their collective instincts. The follow-up to their 1981 breakthrough single “Radio Free Europe,” Chronic Town served as an early marker for the band, who would eventually become one of America’s most beloved and influential groups.


  1. Wolves, Lower
  2. Gardening At Night
  3. Carnival Of Sorts (Box Cars)
  4. 1,000,000
  5. Stumble

Visit REMHQ.com to order all Chronic Town formats and also explore a new merch collection celebrating the reissue including apparel, a collectible Chronic Town skateboard deck, and more.