How the hit music podcast 'Song Exploder' became a Netflix series

How the hit music podcast 'Song Exploder' became a Netflix series
How the hit music podcast 'Song Exploder' became a Netflix series - Alicia Keys and Hrishikesh Hirway in Netflix's new adaptation of the hit podcast "Song Exploder." - Matt Sayles/Netflix/dpa

Among the first instruments you hear in "Losing My Religion," the 1991 smash hit by R.E.M., is a mandolin. Played by guitarist Peter Buck, the minimalist melody moves through the song virtually unimpeded. Take it away and the song collapses. Opt instead for a piano, saxophone or a distorted electric guitar and it's a different thing altogether.But why? And how did that mandolin riff, combined with bassist Mike Mills' fluid undercurrent, Bill Berry's disco-informed drumming and singer Michael Stipe's disorienting confession - "Oh no I've said too much / I haven't said enough" - come to propel a...


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