Eponymous is the first greatest hits and the second compilation album by American alternative rock band R.E.M., released in 1988. It was their last authorized release on I.R.S. Records, to whom they had been contracted since 1982, having just signed with Warner Bros. Records.
Eponymous is notable for its inclusion of several rare or alternative versions of known tracks, most notably the soundtrack contribution "Romance", which had not previously appeared on an R.E.M. record. Spanning from the initial single release of "Radio Free Europe" to the previous year's breakthrough hit album Document, Eponymous provides a fair overview of R.E.M.'s early work.
The album features the alternate title "File Under Grain", a reference to the cover photograph. A previous album, Document, had "File Under Fire" inscribed on it, and Reckoning featured the words "File Under Water". On the reverse of the LP cover was a photograph of singer Michael Stipe with the words "They Airbrushed My Face" above his head.
Released in October 1988, just a month before R.E.M.'s Warner Bros. debut Green appeared, Eponymous reached #44 in the US and #69 in the UK.
Label: I.R.S. Records B0024996-01
Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Reissue
Style: Alternative Rock, Pop Rock
A1 Radio Free Europe (Original Hib-Tone Single)
A2 Gardening At Night (Different Vocal Mix)
A3 Talk About The Passion
A4 So. Central Rain
A5 (Don't Go Back To) Rockville
A6 Can't Get There From Here
B1 Driver 8
B3 Fall On Me
B4 The One I Love
B5 Finest Worksong (Mutual Drum Horn Mix)
B6 It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)