I’d guess one is The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight. Peter Buck has said that they included it to “break the prevailing mood of the album” and provide some levity, but in retrospect the band consensus was that it was too lightweight.
For the other, I’d hope it’s Nightswimming, because that song just annoys me for some reason. It sounds cheesy and formulaic. I could see Everybody Hurts being a sore spot for Stipe given the subject matter. It’s about suicide, and 2 years later Kurt Cobain, a close friend, killed himself (and was the subject of Let Me In from Monster).
Other points in favor of Sidewinder and Everybody Hurts are their popularity at the time. Stipe said he hates nostalgia, so he probably looks back at the most popular songs with less love.
Interesting about ‘Sidewinder’, I think it’s awesome.
As for ‘Nightswimming’, Mike Mills was also interviewed with Stipe. Mills said that he often kicks back and cranks up the last three songs of Automatic, that he never tires of them. That would be ‘Man in the Moon’, ‘Nightswimming’, and ‘Find the River’.
Yeah, I gotta believe ‘Hurts’ is one of them. Particularly since Stipe mentioned that the tunes he dislikes are special to a lot of fans.
One more note: It’s definitely not ‘Man in the Moon’. Stipe indicated he is very proud of that one and, in fact, chose that as the song to play at his memorial service when that question was asked.