Joining the ranks of the Beastie Boys, and Zack de la Rocha and DJ Shadow, R.E.M. has recorded their own anti-war song. The track, called "The Final Straw," was performed over the weekend at a low-key in-store appearance in Vancouver and a studio version has now been posted on the band's official website. According to NME, Stipe made the following comments at the Vancouver gig: "This is the strongest voice I could think of to send out there. We had to send something out there now. We are praying and hoping for the lives of all people involved, the troops, the Iraqi civilians, refugees, POWs, families of troops, the innocents, that they are safe and okay. Safe home, all." Other such anti-war songs have already made an impact and have spread around US airwaves. "March Of Death," the track recorded by Zack de la Rocha and DJ Shadow received major market airplay over the weekend. However, in light of the recent developments in the Iraq, many stations are now hesitant to air "anti-war" songs.
R.E.M. - "The Final Straw"
Zach de la Rocha and DJ Shadow "March Of Death"
The Beastie Boys "In A World Gone Mad"