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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:21 pm    Post subject: REMquiem Reply with quote

A little bit overdue, but here's a thread dedicated to one of the greatest bands to come out of the US after they announced they're splitting up Sad

I got into them in 1989 (aged 15). A friend of mine had the 12" of Stand (still love that video) and we listened to it to death.

I always thought (at the time) I had strict parents but REM played Dublin Point Depot on 24/6/89 that year (Green World Tour), and me and 2 friends got tickets and went down to Dublin for the weekend to celebrate the end of our GCSEs (big exams at 16yo).

We were well prepared with fake ID, had fun on the Friday night. On Saturday afternoon a few hours before the concert we bought some beers and were drinking them in St Stephens Green. A couple walked past and one of my mates thought he recognised the girl as a DJ on RTE radio 2 (big at the time as the cool station to listen to). My other mate said never mind that, isn't that the guy out of REM with her? We followed them out of the park and after a bit of will-we-won't-we, I started the trend of a lifetime and approached them and asked if he was in REM. Turned out he was, it was Peter Buck, and we chatted for 5 mins. He asked about living in the north (Troubles were ongoing at the time) and we muttered various shy-teenager inanities.

The gig itself was great, though the venue was awful - like a huge aircraft hangar. Support band was the Go-betweens. They did my favourite song of theirs, Karen as their encore, so I went a bit mad and was wrecked by the time REM came on. My abiding memory is Michael Stipe looking emaciated and singing standing on his head. They introduced Stand as 'possibly the greatest popsong ever written', a statement I wouldn't refute to this day.

I bought a Green World Tour t-shirt and still wear it - it's fallen apart but SO soft now after 22 years of regular laundering!

After that I got into their back catalogue in a big way, favourites were (and remain) It's the End of The World as we Know it, Strange, Superman, The Wrong Child, and Fall On Me. probably more that I'll recall later.

I lost touch with the music world for 8 or so years after 1993 but remember being impressed with What's the Frequency Kenneth.

2003 (my third year at Glastonbury festival) REM headlined the main stage on the Friday night (27/6/2003). I went along for nostalgia, and it was really brought home to me how huge they are (were). I could sing along to every single word of every song, even though I'd spent so long in the music wilderness. Everybody Hurts at Glastonbury.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stand, Driver 8, What's the Frequency Kenneth, Man on the Moon, End of the World, Losing My Religion are among my favs, maybe they were too popular at some points--with all those songs except for Driver 8 and Kenneth being played to death over here over the years, Very good band always respect them. Driver 8 was always my favorite song as I bought Fables Of The Reconstruction way back in '85. Stipe a little too flamboyant sometimes but very, very intelligent good band.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 1:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We listened to a lot of REM back when I was working graveyard shift... one of the few bands everyone agreed on. Some of it did get played to death on the radio, but they had a lot of good songs.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2011 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aww man, I didn't know. They really were a great band. And of course, "The End of the World As We Know It" is iconic.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2011 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I too have many great memories tied up in REM, although I've never seen them play live, though for some reason I've never had a desire to. Life's Rich Pagent and Murmur are two of my favorite albums of all time. Murmur nearly inspired me to live out of my car for a year, but better sense prevailed. I still wonder what I would have gained having done that though.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saw them by accident in.......'85 maybe? "Can't get there from here" was their new single. They were OK I guess.

Overall, I think they had a small handful of pretty good songs ("Maps & Legends" comes to mind, as does "Drive"), but the majority of their work was forgettable, with a lot of their more popular stuff being just awful to my ears (the entire Green album).
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2011 2:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw them on April 28, 1989. Michael kept jumping around under a strobe light, clearly he was enjoying himself. I didn't care much for the opening act, which was Drivin' 'n' Cryin'.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2011 3:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For some reason I'd rather see Live live than REM--an intelligent dynamic band that sort of followed in REM's footsteps...
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2016 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PXC574lzHA

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 12:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

excellent band. Chronic Town is my all time number one deserted island disc.
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