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Old 09-21-2011, 04:00 PM   #46
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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.

Let's just be thankful the 360 tour is over, or another unfortunate audience would have to sit through acoustic Stuck.
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I was a fan of Michael Stipe when he was in Tanzplagen, but I've always thought everything R.E.M. did was derivative of their sound.
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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/22/ar...as-a-band.html

"Mike Mills, the bassist, said that he, Mr. Stipe and Peter Buck, the guitarist (the group’s original drummer, Bill Berry, retired in 1997) had reached the decision to break up while putting together a greatest-hits retrospective to be released in November. “Working through our music and memories from over three decades was a hell of a journey,” Mr. Mills said in a statement. “We realized that these songs seemed to draw a natural line under the last 31 years of our working together.”


Something to look forward to.
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Old 09-21-2011, 04:29 PM   #54
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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.
I understand you're point, but I also didn't take Bono's interview to mean they're thinking of hanging it up any time soon, he seemed to indicate that his current feeling about their situation was more motivation to push forward than they'd had in a long time.
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Let's just be thankful the 360 tour is over, or another unfortunate audience would have to sit through acoustic Stuck.
Heh. Maybe they would play One as a tribute to Automatic Baby. Or Beautiful Day since that's Stipe's favourite song. Since they don't play those two that often.

Anyway, Talk About the Passion tonight in Calgary. Count on it all you PJ fans.

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Just one week ago I was consoling a friend who is a huge REM fan because she had decided they now sucked and was super disappointed in the last several albums. Maybe this is good news for her.

I'm glad they are ending on good terms. I got to see them live twice, and both times still are very memorable shows--pouring rain at Midway Stadium and the fan request show at the Xcel Center where the guy in front of me got his e-mail picked (I don't remember the song though. He cried he was so excited. True REM fan. ).

Kudos REM. Great music. Great career.
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Something to look forward to.
Who gives a fuck about yet another greatest hits collection? Why would any big fan look forward to it?

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I understand you're point, but I also didn't take Bono's interview to mean they're thinking of hanging it up any time soon, he seemed to indicate that his current feeling about their situation was more motivation to push forward than they'd had in a long time.
I didn't say it was going to lead them to break up as well. But when your voicing concerns already about what you're doing, and a close contemporary breaks up, it's certainly cause for more instrospection and reevaluation.
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It's true that R.E.M.'s legacy would be that much greater if they'd broken up when Bill Berry left (I still think New Adventures in 1996 was almost their best album), but the good thing about leaving it alone now is that their legacy will grow over time. People will come to re-appreciate them, and some of those post-Berry records like Up and Reveal that are actually pretty good will eventually get re-appraisal.

Kind of a weird non-feeling about their calling it quits. I should be somewhat sad or surprised, but I'm not. I think, spiritually, I feel like R.E.M. have been gone since the college/indie/alternative rock scene passed its peak in the mid-90s. Anyway, good luck to them. They were an amazing combo, and classy to the end.
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Who gives a fuck about yet another greatest hits collection? Why would any big fan look forward to it?
Considering how subjective the song selection process is, I'm positive I could do something far better myself anyway.

Listening to Document now and remembering how amazing these guys were. It's hard not to smile listening to Document. It's the end of REM as we know them, but I feel pretty OK about it. Michael Stipe will release a collaborative solo album in a few years about baldness and facepaint and we'll all have a good laugh about it.
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