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Old 10-21-2011, 08:11 PM   #526
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I thought I read something one of the REM guys said about how they started talking about it while recording Collapse Into Now.
Yes. It was discussed over a period of years. Mike Mills made it sound like it happened in stages. First, while touring "Around The Sun", just touching around the subject and joking about breaking up to gage the others' reactions, then slowly, over time, more and more seriously. But they didn't want to go out on, I guess what they eventually deemed a subpar album, "Around The Sun", so they waited until they had two more albums they could be proud of under their belt.

I think you and I read the same thing, Cori.
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The latter part of R.E.M's tenure was an indication that there was a sense of it all "coming to an end" even though the band still had ideas and knew how to write a good catchy song, there were things that didnt necessarily click like how it did in the past

1. Not having a drummer 2. Stipe's voice sounding strained and tired due to age. You could hear on a song such as "I've Been High" he doesnt have that crisp resonance he did for Automatic For The People
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He sure as hell was singing with some power on the Accelerate tour.

He knocked Let Me In out of the fucking park.
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He knocked Let Me In out of the fucking park.
Another fanfuckingtastic song! (And it was great both times I saw them live.)
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Let Me In is amazing. The lyrics are stellar.

Am I remembering correctly that Mills' played (I'm sorry, I mean WAILED THE FUCK AWAY on) Cobain's guitar for that song?
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Just listened to an album for the first time since they broke up, Out of Time. I love this album. Can't decide what my favorite by them is still, but this is close. Low, Belong, Shiny Happy People, Losing My Religion, Near Wild Heaven, Me in Honey, Texarkana, Country Feedback, shit there's hardly anything on it I DON'T like, save Radio Song, which is only ruined by the shitty choice to have KRS One go UHN UHN over the whole thing.
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The latter part of R.E.M's tenure was an indication that there was a sense of it all "coming to an end" even though the band still had ideas and knew how to write a good catchy song, there were things that didnt necessarily click like how it did in the past

1. Not having a drummer 2. Stipe's voice sounding strained and tired due to age. You could hear on a song such as "I've Been High" he doesnt have that crisp resonance he did for Automatic For The People
How does Stipe's voice change(which is normal due to age) have to do with an indication that they knew it was coming to the end?
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Stand is another favorite of mine, so there's that.
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they've been loose like two times ever in their career, and I enjoy that.
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they've been loose like two times ever in their career
That's a joke, right? I really hope you don't actually think that.
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That's a joke, right? I really hope you don't actually think that.
I was going to say.

We Walk
Don't Go Back To Rockville
Superman
Exhuming McCarthy
Stand
Shiny Happy People
Sidewinder
Tongue
Lotus

I mean, that's just off the top of my head. There's plenty of other silly REM shit out there. Some of it is really great, some of it is mediocre.
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That's a joke, right? I really hope you don't actually think that.
I said "like". I'm exaggerating to "prove" a point. Them being goofy is NOT the norm.

And just ftr, I don't really feel like songs like sidewinder and rockville have that looseness to them at all. They're fun songs, but I wouldn't say they're goofy.
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Underneath the Bunker FTW.

And if you mean "loose" as in "drunk off their ever-loving asses," there's always King of the Road off Dead Letter Office.

"Easy with the key! Eeeeeeaaaaaaasy with the key!"

Or the entire Hindu Love Gods record, for some Stipe-less drunkenness. Didn't they say they pretty much recorded that while drunk and then Warren Zevon's label decided to release it, to their horror?
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