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During the small European TV Show tour that R.E.M. undertook to promote Up, Michael Stipe would ocasionally introduce “Sad Professor” as an “one more incredibly depressing song” before they played it.
And hoo boy, he wasn’t kidding either, as “Sad Professor” was cut from the same musical cloth as “Sweetness Follows,” — Peter Buck strumming an acoustic while overdubbing an feedbacky electric guitar for the choruses, while Stipe told the story of someone who had hit rock bottom.