On the way I stopped in at the Barnardo's shop, where, by a stroke of serendipity, I was able to purchase New Adventures in Hi-Fi, on cassette, for 45p. (Also Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey on DVD, an educational paperback entitled 'Discovering Gin' and a 'Collectors Edition CD' of The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite, but they don't come into this story.)
Now, I will be parted from my tatty collection of jumble-sale tapes WHEN THEY PRISE THEM FROM MY COLD DEAD HANDS, but I haven't actually listened to them lately. Grown soft on CDs and MP3s, I found it incredibly hard to listen to an unfamiliar album in this medium. There's no way to tell what track is playing! If there are lots of instrumentals or the lyrics bear no relation to the song title, as is often the case with R.E.M., you don't know what song you're listening to! Argh!
Luckily ownership of the cassette confers upon me the moral right to peer-to-peer purloin the album off of the internet. (Yes?)