The opening track on Out of Time
, "Radio Song" features the influential rapper KRS-One. R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck explained to Guitar School
in 1991: "When we wrote it out, we only had acoustic guitar, bongos, bass, organ, and a 12-string over the chorus. When we got to the studio we added drums, and I put down some funk guitars and we thought, 'Well, gee, now it's kind of a funk song.' And Michael suggested bringing in KRS, since he'd worked with him before (KRS-One appeared in a public service announcement for Stipe's C-Hundred film production company). It blows people's mind, and gets them thinking, 'Whoa, what's the rest of the record going to be like?' But then we go into 'Losing My Religion
,' which is probably the most typical R.E.M.-sounding song on the record."