"Orange Crush" is a song by the American alternative rock band R.E.M. It was released as the first single from the band's sixth studio album, Green, in 1988. It was not commercially released in the US despite reaching number one as a promotional single on both the Mainstream and Modern Rock Tracks (where, at the time, it had the record for longest stay at number one with eight weeks, beating U2). It peaked at number 28 on the UK Singles Charts, making it the band's then-highest chart hit in Britain.
The song's title is a reference to the chemical defoliant Agent Orange manufactured by Monsanto Corporation and Dow Chemical for the U.S. Department of Defense and used in the Vietnam War. As a guest on the late-night show Last Call with Carson Daly, Michael Stipe explained that the song was about a young American football player leaving the comforts of home for the war in Vietnam. Also, Stipe opened the song during The Green World Tour by singing the famous U.S. Army recruiting slogan, "Be all you can be... in the Army."
- "Orange Crush" (Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe) - 3:50
- "Ghost Rider" (Suicide cover, written by Martin Reverby, Alan Vega) - 3:45
- "Dark Globe" (Syd Barrett) - 1:52
|Australian ARIA Singles Chart||15|
|Irish Singles Chart||21|
|UK Singles Chart||28|
|U.S. BillboardModern Rock Tracks||1|
|U.S. BillboardMainstream Rock Tracks||1|
|Preceded by||Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
November 26, 1988 – January 14, 1989
"It's Money That Matters" by Randy Newman
|Billbord Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
November 26 – December 9, 1988