Sigh. I used to love R.E.M. so much. Anything before Monster was great, but the one low point of Automatic for the People was the song "Man on the Moon," and unfortunately that's the direction they went for years to come. "The Great Beyond" was released in conjunction with the movie Man on the Moon in 1999, and the music was terrible. I don't think that R.E.M. will ever get back what made them great on those earlier records. Luckily the later-career stumbles don't tarnish their back catalog.
Check out 1:27 to see Michael Stipe in full Dr. Frank-N-Furter drag way back in the late 1970s talking about how much he loves The Rocky Horror Picture Show!