"KZON Collectibles Volume 4" - Various Artists


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Full Track Listing:

  • About A Girl – No Doubt
    In the Blood – Better than Ezra
  • Cumbersome – Seven Mary Three
  • As Long as it Matters – Gin Blossoms
  • Banditos – The Refreshments
  • Waiting for Wednesday – Lisa Loeb
  • One – Automatic Baby
  • Lack of Water – The Why Store
  • Sister – The Nixons
  • Not Today – Rust
  • Suffering – Satchel

Background Information

This compilation was put together by radio station KZON-FM 101.5 to benefit the Child Crisis Center.

In January 1993, members of R.E.M. had plans to perform at MTV’s Inaugural Ball for President Bill Clinton. Not all of R.E.M. was available for the performance, and upon learning that Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen may be available and they were approached to play. The final performance was by Michael Stipe and Mike Mills of R.E.M. joined by Larry and Adam of U2. They decided to name this supergroup “Automatic Baby” taking a portion of the name from each of the band’s last album releases, “Automatic for the People” and “Achtung Baby”. The song they performed was “One”.

The track was broadcast on MTV, and was made available on a variety of compilations over the years including “99 X II Live”, “Just Passin’ Thru”, “KZON Collectibles Vol. 4” and “Childline”. Each of these were limited run CDs done by local radio stations, and quickly went out of print. In 1997, an album called “Amazing Grace” was put together. The album was widely released by Island Records and is probably the easiest to find out of any of the compilations containing the track, however it too is now out of print.

Automatic Baby was a one off group, and they performed just one song at the Inaugural Ball, this version of “One”. The performance was held on January 20, 1993, at the “MTV Rock and Roll Inaugural Ball” held in Washington DC.

Liner Notes

One – Automatic Baby:

Performed by Mike Mills, Michael Stipe, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullin Jr. PolyGram Int’l Publ., Inc. (ASCAP) “One” recorded at “MTV’s 1992 Inaugural Ball” ©(p) 1992 MTV Networks. All rights reserved. Used by permission of R.E.M. / Athens Ltd and Principle Management.

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