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Old 10-22-2011, 12:23 PM   #541
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"Ain't got no CEEEEEG-A-RETTES!"


Also, I don't know how one could say Sidewinder isn't loose; Stipe fucking laughs in the middle of it!
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"Here's a truck stop instead of St. Peters" is one of my favorite lines from Stipe, even though I cannot really explain why. "Ignoreland, yeah yeah yeah," not so much.
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Oh, and "Nightswimming" is still one of the most serenely beautiful things that I have ever heard.
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Oh hell, does Cori's name come from "Find the River"? Why did I not realize that earlier?

 
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Hey, I thought that maybe she just really liked coriander. It's a versatile spice.
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If Cori was in the Spice Girls, that would be her name: Versatile Spice.
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"Ain't got no CEEEEEG-A-RETTES!"

Also, I don't know how one could say Sidewinder isn't loose; Stipe fucking laughs in the middle of it!
Ha, I never noticed that.
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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!"


Toys In The Attic from the same comp is also gloriously sloppy.
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Most of Dead Letter Office is fu/loose/sloppy.
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Oh hell, does Cori's name come from "Find the River"? Why did I not realize that earlier?
Yes.

And I have no idea.

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"Leaving New York" came on my MP3 player yesterday. It's a great song melodically and harmonically, but I was struck by how bad Stipe's vocal on it is.

Certainly his voice lost something -- I can't figure out what it is -- around the late 90s or so. Listening back to obscure R.E.M. tracks from the early or mid-1980s, his voice really grabs you and is like a secret weapon, whereas in the 2000s it's more like the band's weak-point.

In particular, the "I told you I love you forever" lines in "Leaving New York" do not sound good or convincing (also, hard to imagine late 80s' R.E.M. writing such a conventional line).

Not meaning to diss Stipe, who's brilliant, but I think without his voice working they did not work (amongst other problems).
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That song was definitely not his proud.
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Certainly his voice lost something -- I can't figure out what it is -- around the late 90s or so.
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Bill Berry got custody of it when they split.
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