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Old 09-21-2011, 10:25 PM   #106
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Reckoning/New Adventures in Hi-Fi.

Yes it's definitely time. I thought their last album was only so-so. Reveal was the last album that I would buy. Still they are one of the best rock-bands. I probably like 30-40 songs.
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they are one of the best rock-bands. I probably like 30-40 songs.
Jeez, you're a tough customer.
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Jeez, you're a tough customer.
Who knows maybe I'll learn to like more over time.
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I love Nightswimming. What album is Country Feedback on?
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I love Nightswimming. What album is Country Feedback on?
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Never saw them live though

*sighs*

Im surprised they managed to keep going for so long given that they thrived on a confrontational approach to making music. People get put off from listening to R.E.M at the workplace

They were never a pleasant listen in terms of the subject matter they were dealing with in their songs

But yeh, hell of a band

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Perfect Circle
Sitting Still
7 Chinese Bros.
Driver 8
Cuyahoga
It's The End of the World As We Know It
Nightswimming
Find The River
What's The Frequency, Kenneth?
Suspicion

New Test Leper and At My Most Beautiful missed the cut, barely. Excellent songs.
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yeah, i'm bummed out. where'd i put my stipe avatar?
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Country Feedback was my wedding song.
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I'm devastated by this news.

Somehow I kind of sensed something like this coming up after not having REM tour this year. Their last album was great. I will miss them, they've been a huge part of my life and I have always loved their music.

Hopefully there will at least be some release of rare and unreleased material.

Man, the world will be a poorer place without this band and their music.
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Some of my favorites:

What's The Frequency, Kenneth?
These Days
Man On The Moon
It's The End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
Cuyahoga
Imitation of Life
Walk Unafraid
Finest Worksong
Crazy
Hollow Man

(I was originally gonna make my own top 10 list, but - as I've been listening to REM all day since I heard the news - I could not bring myself to stop at ten )

Discoverer
The One I Love
Imitation of Life
World Leader Pretend
Radio Free Europe
So Fast So Numb
Laughing
Losing My Religion
Country Feedback
So. Central Rain
That Someone Is You


I'm gonna miss these guys a lot
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Sadsadsad.

They were a great band.
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Old 09-22-2011, 02:59 AM   #120
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Wasn't the point that they had financial success but felt irrelevancy was an imminent threat? R.E.M. was further down that path but I'm sure the news will still dishearten Shuttlecock.
Well, lets compare the stats for the last album/tour for both U2 and R.E.M.

U2 - NLOTH - sold about 4 million copies worldwide.
R.E.M. - Collapse into Now - sold just under 400,000 copies worldwide.

U2 - 360 tour - GROSSED - $736 million
R.E.M. - Collapse into Now tour - GROSSED - less than $30 million

U2's 360 tour broke all gross and attendance records in history. It is the highest attended tour of all time. NLOTH was the 7th biggest selling album around the world in 2009.

R.E.M.'s Collapse into Now was the lowest seller of their entire career, although a big reason for that is the collapse of the entire music industry in terms of selling albums.

On the tour R.E.M. largest crowd in the United States was less than 14,000 despite only playing 14 shows in the United States.

The two bands could not be at more different places in terms of commercial sales of albums and concert tickets. U2 is at the top of everything, while R.E.M. is near the bottom, at least in terms of being popular and widely recognized for their latest efforts on tour and in the studio.

Now, I think Collapse Into Me is a great album and I think R.E.M. is an amazing live band and I am shocked that they are suddenly breaking up. Unfortunately, the general public and much of their old fan base either has not heard their new material, or has simply turned away. I'm not saying that had anything to do with them breaking up, but I'm still puzzled as to why they won't continue as a band. Why not take a break for a number of years and then get back together. Why break up if there are no personal differences and everyone still loves and enjoys making music?

I wonder sometimes if the remaining band members have grown apart. I think all of them live in different states in the US. Although some people will claim being in your 50s is old, its not. It might be if you play NFL football, but its not if your a musician. The Rolling Stones are about to go into their 70s in the next year or two and they still have a new album and tour planned for 2012.

Many people often ask U2 why they don't break up. What they have said is that they all love making and performing music. So then the next thing they think is who they would like to do that with, and the same names come up each time.
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