This is by far the weakest single R.E.M. have released in their four years of otherwise stellar outings, and it's also probably the lowest point on their otherwise typically great third LP, Fables of the Reconstruction. It seems frivolous and silly, half-assed and flippant. You have to give them credit for trying to show a less serious side, but this is bad boogie-pop any way you slice it. Fortunately, the B-side, "Bandwagon," is yet another one of those really great non-LP tracks this band gives us so willingly, making purchase of this new single just as important as the LP. You have to have every great song this band does, and "Bandwagon" qualifies again. "There's lot of room for you on the bandwagon," sings Michael Stipe, and though he's singing about a Southern hayride, we can say we know a different meaning.
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AllMusic Review by Jack Rabid