This article is from the R.E.M. FAQ, by Ron Henry (firstname.lastname@example.org) with numerous contributions by others.
R.E.M. (without Michael Stipe) collaborated on a side project with the
singer Warren Zevon. (Note that the lineup also played on Zevon's own album
Sentimental Hygiene.) The HLG album includes covers of many blues standards
as well as Prince's "Raspberry Beret."
Opinions about the project vary greatly: some saw it as a mediocre
knock-off of some blues standards that should not have been released,
others as a fun romp for the instrumental 3/4 of R.E.M.