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Old 12-15-2004, 07:40 PM   #16
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And plus it's got Hairshirt, one of my favourite REM songs.

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Old 12-15-2004, 07:46 PM   #17
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Automatic For the People definitely has the highest percentage of famous REM songs-- including Nightswimming, Man on the Moon, Everybody Hurts, Find the River.....

Document is also great, is from 1987 and has "It's the End of the World As We Know it (And I Feel Fine)" which is one of their most famous songs as well.....and it blew the fucking roof off the United Center the last time I saw them.

Out of Time has "Losing My Religion".....

So much great stuff, REM are incredible. Three cheers for Michael Stipe.
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I prefer Automatic to the People to the Best of. Yes, you won't get the full collection, but it's a really beautiful, very well crafted album that has an amazing song-to-song flow.
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Old 12-15-2004, 08:25 PM   #19
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REM is great.

You should probably go with Out of Time first. It's the most digestable album they've made, I think.

Someone else recommended The best Of the IRS years, which is a great place to start for older songs, or even Eponymous, which is also a compilation of older material up until the Document era.

It's sort of hard to recommend one album, I only say Out of Time because I think it has some magnificent songs and some very mainstream songs. Country Feedback Belong

Also I fucking love Monster, although it doesn't get much love around here.
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Out of Time would be their best album if you just skip Shiny Happy People...

That song ruined it for me as an album, but it has some of my fave tunes...Me In Honey, Country Feedback(one of the best REM tunes of all time), Belong, and Low!
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Out of Time would be their best album if you just skip Shiny Happy People...

That song ruined it for me as an album, but it has some of my fave tunes...Me In Honey, Country Feedback(one of the best REM tunes of all time), Belong, and Low!
this is an understatement.

words cannot describe my hatred of that song.

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The 4 that I would find tough to live without:

Automatic For The People (Drive, Everybody Hurts & Man on the Moon)
Out of Time (Radio Song, Losing My Religion & Country Feedback)
Green (Stand and Inside Out)
Eponymous (Every song - it's a compilation)
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Best REM song is Country Feedback. The live version. One of my favorites by any artist ever. Just beautiful.
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The 4 that I would find tough to live without:

Automatic For The People (Drive, Everybody Hurts & Man on the Moon)
Out of Time (Radio Song, Losing My Religion & Country Feedback)
Green (Stand and Inside Out)
Eponymous (Every song - it's a compilation)

but murmer has pilgramige, radio free europe, catapult, and moral kiosk


yes, for some reason i feel the need to argue that those clearly inferior songs are better than nightswiming, and others...
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I don't know enough about their 80s albums to have an opinion, but it must be said that 'Fall on Me' is the greatest REM song ever. All two minutes of it. That song singlehandedly inspired Radiohead to exist.

(I'm not being snarky, it actually did).
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I don't know enough about their 80s albums to have an opinion, but it must be said that 'Fall on Me' is the greatest REM song ever. All two minutes of it. That song singlehandedly inspired Radiohead to exist.

(I'm not being snarky, it actually did).
I have to agree that Fall on Me is one of the greatest songs of the 80's. Another reason to go with Life's Rich Pagaent. It is also their most varied of their early albums, as it has their early jangle-pop, staight folk, and the heavier rock that they turn to completely on their next album (Document).

Plus the poppy Superman is great fun.
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Cheers for all of the advice
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but murmer has pilgramige, radio free europe, catapult, and moral kiosk


yes, for some reason i feel the need to argue that those clearly inferior songs are better than nightswiming, and others...
Agreed but....

Eponymous track listing:

radio free europe
gardening at night
talk about passion
so central rain
rockville
can't get there from here
driver
romance
fall on me
the one i love
finest worksong
its the end of the world as we know it
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Agreed but....

Eponymous track listing:

radio free europe
gardening at night
talk about passion
so central rain
rockville
can't get there from here
driver
romance
fall on me
the one i love
finest worksong
its the end of the world as we know it



finest worksong!!!
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Was listening to 'Automatic for the People' tonight.....was essential for me while I was in college in Athens....still stands as one of my all-time favorite albums. 'Monster' was enjoyable during that time period as well and has some strong REM songs on it. "Bang and Blame", "Strange Currencies", etc.
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