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R.E.M. Thread

Posted: 12 Oct 2014, 18:42
by He's So High
An interesting perspective on Monster:

http://thequietus.com/articles/16426-re ... nniversary" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Highly recommend The Quietus, by the way.

Re: R.E.M. Thread

Posted: 13 Oct 2014, 19:50
by TripleJay97
Loving this thread already.

Out of Time was the soundtrack to my highschool years. Which were only two years ago.

Re: R.E.M. Thread

Posted: 14 Oct 2014, 04:13
by KingLouieLouie76
Ironically, I've been listening to them quite a bit this past week.....Here's a rare track from them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qpD75bN-n4

What a solid remake of a classic!

Re: R.E.M. Thread

Posted: 14 Oct 2014, 11:18
by MrMagpie
TripleJay97 wrote:Loving this thread already.

Out of Time was the soundtrack to my highschool years. Which were only two years ago.
Out of Time, Automatic, and Monster soundtracked my high school years...which ended 17 year ago. Thanks for making me feel old. :P

But they're fantastic albums. Apart from Aronund the Sun, I've loved all their albums although the final one was a rather weak way to end a career. Out with a whimper, really...

Re: R.E.M. Thread

Posted: 15 Oct 2014, 03:09
by KingLouieLouie76
MrMagpie wrote:
TripleJay97 wrote:Loving this thread already.

Out of Time was the soundtrack to my highschool years. Which were only two years ago.
Out of Time, Automatic, and Monster soundtracked my high school years...which ended 17 year ago. Thanks for making me feel old. :P

But they're fantastic albums. Apart from Aronund the Sun, I've loved all their albums although the final one was a rather weak way to end a career. Out with a whimper, really...

Agreed..... The only post Bill Berry song I enjoyed was "the Great Beyond"..... Followed by "Daysleeper".....

Re: R.E.M. Thread

Posted: 15 Oct 2014, 17:01
by mr_spenalzo
KingLouieLouie76 wrote:
MrMagpie wrote:
TripleJay97 wrote:Loving this thread already.

Out of Time was the soundtrack to my highschool years. Which were only two years ago.
Out of Time, Automatic, and Monster soundtracked my high school years...which ended 17 year ago. Thanks for making me feel old. :P

But they're fantastic albums. Apart from Aronund the Sun, I've loved all their albums although the final one was a rather weak way to end a career. Out with a whimper, really...
Agreed..... The only post Bill Berry song I enjoyed was "the Great Beyond"..... Followed by "Daysleeper".....
I like quite a lot of the post Berry stuff, though not on the same level as the stuff they did with him... but songs like You're In The Air, The Lifting, The Outsiders, Man-Sized Wreath and Uberlin (to give one example for every album) are wonderful.

Re: R.E.M. Thread

Posted: 15 Oct 2014, 21:06
by TripleJay97
I actually really like Supernatural Superserious, it's a great rock song.

Re: R.E.M. Thread

Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 01:03
by MrMagpie
Apart from Around the Sun I think their post-Bill albums are really good although Collapse Into Now is a super weak way to end a career. Solid album but as a career-closer, it's out with a whimper instead of a bang.

Re: R.E.M. Thread

Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 03:57
by KingLouieLouie76
I must admit I haven't listened to much of their later material, just basing it on a small sample-size....I'll finally sit down and check them all out in its entirely soon..

Re: R.E.M. Thread

Posted: 17 Oct 2014, 18:35
by He's So High
I'm not sure I agree with 'Collapse Into Now' being described as a 'whimper'; okay it's not their best but I quite like the way it covers most of their styles, whether it be mandolin ballads or more straight rockers. A nice full stop on the career.

Re: R.E.M. Thread

Posted: 19 Oct 2014, 14:45
by MrMagpie
He's So High wrote:I'm not sure I agree with 'Collapse Into Now' being described as a 'whimper'; okay it's not their best but I quite like the way it covers most of their styles, whether it be mandolin ballads or more straight rockers. A nice full stop on the career.
You're right in that it's solid and a good cross-section...I don't find any of the tunes on it memorable in the least and while it's solid, it's not very impactful. It'd be like the Beatles ending their career with Beatles For Sale instead of Abbey Road.

Re: R.E.M. Thread

Posted: 20 Oct 2014, 06:56
by KingLouieLouie76
MrMagpie wrote:
He's So High wrote:I'm not sure I agree with 'Collapse Into Now' being described as a 'whimper'; okay it's not their best but I quite like the way it covers most of their styles, whether it be mandolin ballads or more straight rockers. A nice full stop on the career.
You're right in that it's solid and a good cross-section...I don't find any of the tunes on it memorable in the least and while it's solid, it's not very impactful. It'd be like the Beatles ending their career with Beatles For Sale instead of Abbey Road.

I have never listened to the "Collapse Into Now", but most definitely will later this week...... I wonder if REM knew that indeed was going to be the end, but I've always had this strong sense that they will eventually soon reunite.

Re: R.E.M. Thread

Posted: 20 Oct 2014, 18:02
by mr_spenalzo
I have a lot of time for Collapse Into Now... Of the post-Berry years I only like Reveal better (I know, most votes will go for Up, but that's one record that to me that could've been marvelous if they ditched some of the slower songs).

CIN is an autumn album, Reveal a summer one. Look at the colours of the sleeves (I think R.E.M. covers in general offer a good hint of the music within)

I don't think they'll reunite though. It always seems that Buck has a great knowledge of rock history, the do's and don'ts, and a reunion would be too tacky for this classiest of bands.

Re: R.E.M. Thread

Posted: 20 Oct 2014, 18:59
by He's So High
^I think you've nailed it there. R.E.M. just seem to be a classy band, whether it be bowing out gracefully or none of the band members being too pretentious (a la Morrissey) or at least maintaining a sense of humour. What I really respect about them is how they managed to be political without being preachy: they do in fact address more controversial political topics (acid rain and pollution, use of Agent Orange) yet still sound less annoying than U2, who sing about largely anodyne topics like Martin Luther King.

Re: R.E.M. Thread

Posted: 20 Oct 2014, 19:12
by TripleJay97
Speaking of Morrissey, I saw a quote on a website the other day claiming that "The Smiths are essentially a British version of R.E.M. in terms of both influence and style".

Discuss.