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Old 09-21-2011, 04:44 PM   #76
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The unseen power of the picket fence...

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Quick, everyone name your favorite R.E.M. album!

DOCUMENT, bitches.

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Old 09-21-2011, 04:54 PM   #78
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Gotta go with Automatic...
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Lifes Rich Pageant (sic)
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I go for the left-field choice and say Automatic For The People.

And I'm glad I did see them live. Once. But it was a special show, their first show in the Netherlands in 14 years. They started their 2003 tour in support of their In Time greatest hits compilation in this small club here in Utrecht. Less than 1,000 people and I was there. It was quite magical to see them in such a small place. There was this feeling of not quite believing that we were seeing R.E.M. (!) live (!!) for the first time in 14 years (!!!) in a small club!!!!

In the end I do think that they maybe continued for a bit too long. Their legacy fizzled a bit, instead of going out with a bang. But they deserve a lot of praise and thanks for the amazing music they made in those 30 years.
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Life's Rich Pageant a close second.
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Old 09-21-2011, 05:03 PM   #82
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1. Automatic
2. Murmur
3. Reckoning
4. Document
5. Lifes Rich Pageant

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Old 09-21-2011, 05:09 PM   #83
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Lifes Rich Pageant is my favourite by a wide margin. Rarely did an album have 4 opening songs that were so powerful.
Murmur, New Adventures in Hi-Fi, Reckoning and Fables follow.
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Old 09-21-2011, 05:11 PM   #84
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1. Pageant
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Awful news. I never saw them live.
same here....that was my exact thought when I heard about this earlier today.
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Old 09-21-2011, 05:20 PM   #86
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omg! i just read about this!

i did see them live once, they were pretty good! not my most memorable gig ever, but very tight nonetheless...
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What a news to wake up to!

Saw them live twice, thank non-specific God!

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Old 09-21-2011, 05:27 PM   #88
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I was wrong, saw them 3 times.

With any luck, this means the Buckstar will be playing more gigs with his heroes, like Robyn Hitchcock, and playing small clubs, so I can see him up close and personal again...
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Old 09-21-2011, 05:28 PM   #89
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First band I ever road tripped to multiple cities to see.
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Old 09-21-2011, 05:33 PM   #90
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This really makes me sad. I so badly wanted to see them live one more time. Back in 2003 my ex girlfriend "drug" me to an REM concert. I only knew the hits, so I wanted to better familiarize myself before the show. This resulted in one of the greatest musical experiences of my life. The deeper I dug, the deeper I wanted to keep digging. This amazing back catalog opened up before me, and in that month leading up to the concert I became a hardcore fan. I had no idea they'd be such a great live band either, but they truly were. I saw REM once more after that, 2004 Cincinnati.

I feel that the post Bill Berry stuff gets a bad rap. Granted, REM lost that "BAND" quality after that, but they still made some amazing music. I actually really like Around the Sun and find Out of Time to be their worst album... call me crazy. The best, for me anyway, is 82-87 the IRS years. Will be listening to a lot of REM in the coming weeks now, which I'm really looking forward to. Thanks to them for 30 years of great music!

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