King of Comedy

Songfacts®:

  • Michael Stipe calls this his "Leonard Cohen copy," due to his unusually dark vocal range and cynical lyrics. In 1991 R.E.M. covered Cohen's hit "First We Take Manhattan" for his tribute album I'm Your Fan.
  • While this is the only song on Monster where a computer was used, the drum part was actually played by a "real" instrument and not by a drum machine, like it appears to be. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Martin - Rostock, Germany, for above 2

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  • Zabadak from London, EnglandA version of this was available in Europe on a limited edition 12" with a different 808 State remix on each side.
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