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Old 04-25-2015, 11:53 AM   #361
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I've never actually gone through R.E.M.'s discography completely so I've got some weird holes in my knowledge of them. I haven't heard Document, Green, Monster or Reveal. My favorite is probably either Fables of the Reconstruction or Lifes Rich Pageant. The first four or five songs on both albums are absolutely perfect. New Adventures in Hi-fi comes close though. I also think Automatic is overrated as hell. It's so boring. Give me Out of Time over it any day of the week. I think I like Murmur but I had the same experience with it as Vlad I think, nothing stayed with me.

As for songs, Country Feedback and E-Bow the Letter are my two favorites. It's no coïncidence they're a bit similar. I also really love Blue. Wish they'd made more songs like that. The live version of E-Bow with Thom Yorke doing the Patti Smith vocals is amazing.
Not just a weird hole, but a gaping one. What was cool about REM was that they always changed things up. Especially from Green to Out of Time. Automatic was still kind of riding the experimental wave that Out of Time was on. Then they returned to rocking it out with Monster. Reveal was riding the same wave as Up, but with more of a Summer feel to it.

When I first got into REM in the 80's, it was because my friend played their tapes constantly in his car. Really loud no less. No conversation allowed. Just blasting of tunes. He did this with U2, INXS and the Cure also. His "conversion" therapy worked.
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Random observation: Everyone on the previous page has had the same avatar for years.
I've had this one since we first were able to use avatars, so no need to change. But during an album/tour cycle when I spend far more time than normal in "the other place", I encounter the same avatar on gareth brown another frequent poster and also on some jackass who said NIN were a "low talent band".
But I had it first, they need to change.
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Old 04-25-2015, 05:31 PM   #363
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Do you know how many pages that Blur thread was going on for before I realized you weren't the one who started it?
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Old 04-25-2015, 05:31 PM   #364
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I've had the Bono in pajamas avatar for a while, but I used to change it up every six months or so. I had the disco ball, a couple of wacky ones of Adam and even a pic of myself. That one is still in my profile. Took that one with a shitty webcam that I used to have.
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There's some really weird EQ on Stipe's vocal in Ignoreland that makes it fucking impossible for me to like - I don't know if it's the singing through the megaphone schtick people had in 1992, or it's just processed or filtered in some weird way.
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Old 04-25-2015, 08:44 PM   #366
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I never realised until reading an old interview (recently) that Stipe is the one speaking in 'Belong'.

Frankly, I thought Peter Buck might have been doing the talking. Dunno why.
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Old 04-25-2015, 08:50 PM   #367
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YEAH

YEAH

YEAH

IGNOREEEELAAAAND

I have no idea why I like that song so much, it's really cheesy.
The cheese is probably why I like it so much.
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I don't actually mind Ignoreland, and as for being oddly out of place (it is), it's in good company with The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite.
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Sidewinder still sounds like it has similar instrumentation to the rest of the songs and like it was recorded at the same sessions. It also has stings arranged by John Paul Jones like a few other tracks. It's fun and bouncy, but organic.
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Yeah, instrumentally, it fits with the rest of the record.
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I like Sidewinder.
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I like Sidewinder.
Same, never had a problem with it.
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There are no songs on Automatic that I actively dislike.
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There's some really weird EQ on Stipe's vocal in Ignoreland that makes it fucking impossible for me to like - I don't know if it's the singing through the megaphone schtick people had in 1992, or it's just processed or filtered in some weird way.
He's singing through an amp.
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Old 04-25-2015, 11:45 PM   #375
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Sweetness Follows, Find The River, and Star Me Kitten are the best songs on Automatic.
Ignoreland and Everybody Hurts are the worst.
Overall, Automatic is overrated. Every album that comes before it is way better.


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