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Old 10-12-2007, 07:59 AM
 
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Which REM do you prefer? I am a huge fan of the real early stuff but the newer stuff is not as weak as people make it out to be. Especially Reveal. That is a very good album. The same with Up which has a dark Pink Floyd feel to it. I agree Around The Sun is probably their weakest but even so there are some real good songs like Aftermath and I wanted To Be Wrong. Your views?
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Old 10-12-2007, 09:48 AM
 
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80s!!
But I also like Automatic for the People.
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Old 10-12-2007, 10:00 AM
 
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I really like "fables of the reconstruction".
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Old 10-12-2007, 11:48 AM
 
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I really like "fables of the reconstruction".
Yes! Fables is a favorite! The band initially did not like it because they kind of rushed through it to get out of cold, rainy England. But, they have warmed up to it. I was fortunate to have a discussion with Peter Buck about this just last year after he was done playing with Robyn Hitchcock. He said, "some of the sings like Kohoutek were kind of murky and sounded almost like other songs but overall it's good and has grown on all of them." My conversation with Buck was pretty cool. I even admitted to being more towards the right politically but I dislike Bush. "He said, "You are not the only fan to tell me that."
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Old 10-14-2007, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Kansas City
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One of my all-time favorite records is REM's "Life's Rich Pageant."

One of my first real concerts was REM at Dallas Fair Park Bandshell, September 20, 1986. I was 15 years old. Dad dropped us off and picked us up... Good ol' Dad.

And here's the set list for that show:
  1. These Days
  2. Harborcoat
  3. Hyena
  4. We Walk
  5. The One I Love
  6. Cuyahoga
  7. Shaking Through
  8. Driver 8
  9. The Flowers Of Guatemala
  10. Harpers
  11. I Believe
  12. Swan Swan H
  13. Superman
  14. Can't Get There From Here
  15. Old Man Kensey
  16. Auctioneer (Another Engine)
  17. Little America
  18. Fall On Me
  19. Strange
  20. Begin The Begin
  21. Talk About The Passion
  22. Funtime
  23. Just A Touch
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Old 10-14-2007, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Life here is not an Apollo Mission. Everyone calm down.
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The first two...Murmur and Reckoning represent a very romantic time for me...a romance with their music. I actually had an 8-track in my car back then and bought an adapter so that I could play those two cassettes.

During that same period, I saw REM at the Royal Oak Theater and Michael thanked the old couple who picked him up while hitchhiking; getting him to the gig on time. Those were the days that he had extreme stage fright and sang the entire time with his back to us.

About a decade later I saw them in Cincinnati and had forth row center. A woman in the first row set her purse on the stage and Michael kicked it off. The show was great, but I remember thinking how far is ego had come in 10 years.

I loved Fables and Lifes Rich Pageant, but after those four, I never had the same love for their music.
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Old 10-15-2007, 09:00 AM
 
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I like their early stuff the best - Murmur, Fables, Reckoning...of course you could never tell what Michael Stipe was singing about, he mumbled his lyrics and the lyrics itself were pretty sublime.

I remember hearing Murmur on the local college radio, back then that's the only place they were getting airtime. I can still listen to that album all day.

They've never put out a week album although losing their drummer hurt a bit. They have a few week songs in their history ("stand", etc) but their albums have always held up.

Monster was a great album, very hard rocking and such a departure from the more sappy moments from the previous album, probably the best second to Murmur.
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Old 10-15-2007, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Bergen County, NJ
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90's REM to me is the best. Although 80's is a very close second.
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Old 10-15-2007, 10:18 AM
 
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I did'nt like Monster all that much. A post grunge, glam, noise rock fiasco.
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Old 10-15-2007, 10:30 AM
 
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I did'nt like Monster all that much. A post grunge, glam, noise rock fiasco.
No, no...it's one of their best albums. Give it another listen. It was definetly a departure and the best thing was that it was a slap in the face to the new fans who wanted a soft rock similiar to Automatic. It was like a statement to those new fans saying "don't forget, we are a ROCK band".

It's a musicians album, it's a guitar album, none of this Stipe weeping about night swimming, listen to Peter Buck's guitar work and the bass guitar work on it. Some classic chords on it. Glam and Nirvana influences, sure, but..."What's the frequency...", "Crush with Eyeliner..."...that's just classic rock with roots in the blues and the 60's.
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