R.E.M Thread


#21

Somebody post the 98 Jools Country Feedback video please. Again. Just the best thing ever.


#22

I can’t really judge them objectively because they were just one of those huge bands growing up, but I think peter buck does some good guitar stuff, especially on their earlier stuff, he is like a less flashy johnny marr, that quintessential 80’s college rock sound, but guess their big hits from their peak era were fairly basic acoustics strum alongs


#23

yeah see I think Johnny Marr is a pretty boring guitarist and would take Vauxhall and I over any and all smiths stuff.

Different strokes of course x


#24

yup. I’ve actually gone back to them the last week or so for the first time in a bit.

I went and listened to Automatic again (after reading tQ article). I always treated it with a bit of disrespect. It’s the big album, with all the big singles you overhear, and I couldn’t bear to listen to Everybody Hurts again. But, it’s a great album and it felt fresh to hear it again.

I’ve also had Chronic Town on repeat. Mainly because I found a playlist somebody made on Spotify which has the version with the different vocal take on Gardening at Night. This is the version that was on the RSD vinyl copy I got a few years ago. It’s the version off Eponymous. Does anyone know which is the original version? Why does my RSD vinyl have a a different vocal? Did the band end up preferring it and used that instead?


#25

Also noting how Mike Mills was their secret weapon. Excellent bass player and a superb backing singer.


#26

And songwriter…


#27

That too! The whole band were great for that.


#28

Yeah. No weak link. For all the quality they put later on I think Bill Berry’s unsung contribution was highlighted after he left.


#29

nah

this song has a real “dirty” quality to it, i love how unrelentless it is


#30

Plus actor.


#31

The song that got me into R.E.M. and into decent music in generally, aged 12. Followed by my first gig, seeing them on the Monster tour in Huddersfield. Not a bad first gig!


#32

I can’t put my finger on it…maybe it’s the drums actually? they always sound like they are playing too much within themselves, I don’t hear the dirty quality, sure the guitars are distorted but everything is so in it’s place and not in a way that has any kind of artistic affect on me, to me it sounds like a good song played by a cover band for a levi’s commercial or something.


#33

anyway it’s ok to like or not like all music.

I’ll give them another proper shot some day, enjoy your thread guys

sorry!


#34

Another from Hi-Fi:

Fun fact: this was REM’s second highest charting UK single.

Here’s a question: where should I start with early-era REM? I absolutely love Monster and Hifi but don’t know Murmur, Document etc that well.

(Also, in my opinion they were great even in their overplayed commercial heyday)


#35

Start with ‘Murmur’ and go chronologically. Bar the slight wobble of ‘Fables Of The Reconstruction’ all the I.R.S. records are great.


#36

i bought E-Bow on tape, was sure it got to no 5 (I’m sure I can google it…). One of their best.

Erm, on early stuff I would really go chronological. And I would start with Chronic town, it’s a phenomenal debut EP, followed by a an equally astounding first album. They do develop and progress and the quality doesn’t drop so yeah, I would go in order. It’s nice to see how they become that later band.


#37

Electrolite is a beaut.


#38

Bonus trivia question: 10 points for the first person to name REM’s highest charting UK single (without Googling it, Marckee)


#39

Imitation of Life


#40

My favourite from ‘New Adventures…’.