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Old 09-21-2011, 02:15 PM   #31
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Sad, but not exactly shocking.

The first I saw this news was on my FB feed, and the exact comment was "REM have broken up? Your move, Bono" with a few dozen 'likes'.
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Old 09-21-2011, 02:16 PM   #32
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I can't help feeling as if I've just been told that my best friend in kindergarten has died . . . I wish them well and, actually, I'm a tiny bit excited to see what each of them will do now :lookingonthesunnyside:
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Accelerate from 2008 was an awesome album. The tour that followed was also awesome. Saw them in the rain for that tour and it was well worth it.
Agreed, if we have seen their last tour I'm glad it was the 2008 one rather than any other this decade.
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Old 09-21-2011, 02:24 PM   #34
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shame to see a good band finish- but oddly not that suprising with REM.

Thankfully they ended with a good album- rather than the dismal Around the Sun
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Sad day as a huge R.E.M. fan, but it certainly was time. 15 albums is more than anyone can expect from a band.

R.E.M. probably would have a stronger legacy if they had called it quits after 'New Adventures In Hi-Fi' or 'Up', but I still enjoy parts of the their last four albums. 'Collapse Into Now' was a good way to end it.

Listening to a song from each of their albums now.
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Awful news. I never saw them live.
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I'm more bummed out than I thought I would have been at this kind of news. I didn't especially enjoy Collapse Into Now, although I liked Accelerate and I was hoping to see at least one more show of theirs. There goes my chance of ever experiencing Country Feedback live I guess...

Anyway, thank you R.E.M. for all those years of music. It's actually odd that I listened to their old albums in the last couple of days after a long, long time. Listening to Up now, which seems to be album that is the most appropriate one to listen under the circumstances.
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Awful news. I never saw them live.
Same, though I never really had an opportunity, didn't become a "real" fan til a few years ago.
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I can't believe over a page of comments and no one's gone there yet.
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Is corianderstem ok?
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NLOTH was also received to stronger reviews than anything R.E.M. has done since Hi-Fi and debuted #1 in dozens of countries. And the band members are friends, I doubt U2 didn't know this was coming.
Not sure why you keep pointing out sales figures and that type of stuff. I'm not concocting some crisis out of thin air--Boner spoke for himself pretty bluntly. This has nothing to do with externals, and everything to do with how the band sees themselves in relation to the current climate.
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Great band between 83 and 87
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Awful news. I never saw them live.
I'm sorry. so sorry, so sorry, so sorry, so sorry, so sorry, so sorry.
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I'm glad I saw them live quite a few times at various stages of their career, from the early days until most recently a few years ago.

For some reason I don't feel as sad as everyone else. I was more sad when Berry left the band. But it is a sign of the times (and my own age), and that is pretty strange.
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The one good thing that might come out of this is that Pearl Jam could play a R.E.M. cover tonight.
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