R. E. M. had initially recorded "Radio Free Europe" for an independent label in 1981. Two years later, signed to I. R. S. Records, the band reissued "Radio" on their debut album for the label, "Murmur".
Today, EMI holds the rights to all the material recorded before the band bolted for Warner Bros..
Yeah, I know. I had a TV performance of "Radio" posted a ways back when the band called it a day. This, though, is the official video that played on MTV in moderate-to-heavy rotation back in the day.