R.E.M have shared a live version of their 1996 single “E-Bow the Letter” to herald the release of their upcoming R.E.M. at the BBC box set. R.E.M made the recording in 2004 during an invite-only performance at St. James’s Church in London. One of those invited happened to be Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, who makes a surprise appearance to lend his vocals on the track. Yorke fills in for Patti Smith, who sang vocals on the studio version off of R.E.M’s 1996 album New Adventures in Hi-Fi. You can listen to R.E.M and Thom Yorke perform “E-Bow the Letter” live in the video above.
As Pitchfork pointed out, the St. James’s performance wasn’t the first time frontmen Michael Stipe and Thom Yorke shared a stage. Radiohead opened for R.E.M on the latter band’s 1995 Monster tour while Michael Stipe and Thom Yorke also previously performed “E-Bow the Letter” together at the Tibetan Freedom Concert in 1998. R.E.M’s BBC box set arrives on Oct. 19.