Stephen Colbert Sang 'It's the End of the Year as We Know It' with Michael Stipe and James Franco to Cap Off 2016


R.E.M. may have disbanded, but that doesn’t mean they’re quiet. In fact, heavily-bearded front man Michael Stipe still pops up every now and then — which he did on Thursday night on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
In fact, the segment was especially inspired. A riff on R.E.M.’s hit “It’s the End of the World” was re-done by Colbert and Stipe, but with lyrics set to the … eventful year that was 2016. With Colbert taking lead vocal duties (and doing quite well, given the rapid-fire requirements of the song), Stipe stood there, defiant, refusing to say that he feels ‘fine’ until the end — when James Franco pops up as well.

What a long, strange trip these past 12 months or so have been …
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