Named after a train that travels through the south, "Driver 8" was the third single from R.E.M.'s 1985 LP Fables of the Reconstruction. It was one of their earliest hits, though in a 1991 interview Peter Buck said it represented a simpler sound for the band. "I can write that kind of stuff in my sleep," he said. "I can write 'Driver 8' every day of the week. We all can. In rehearsal it's always easy to fall back on a midtempo, minor-key rock thing. And we try not to rely on that."