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Old 12-15-2004, 12:26 PM   #1
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Advice for getting into REM

Any help as to where to start, iv'e liked all of the famous songs and would like to see what the good people here think...................
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I like their famous songs and bought Up and Automatic for the people, but now I just have their Best of.
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Ya not enjoy them that much then? Would the best off just be the best bet?
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I'd start with Murmur, Life's Rich Pageant, and Document.

I never really dug 'Auto for the People', and I know I'm in the minority. For me, their early stuff is so much better than anything they've done recently. Although, New Adventures in Hi-Fi is excellent.
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Thanks for the sugguestions
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Ya not enjoy them that much then? Would the best off just be the best bet?
Yes, I liked some songs off on Up and Automatic for the people but I found out as a whole they didn't do it for me.
I liked the Best of better.
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Old 12-15-2004, 01:07 PM   #7
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I think as far as albums go, REM are the best band of the last 2 decades..ok, the last three have been way below par, but check out their early"IRS years" stuff.. Murmurs, Lifes Rich Pageant, Reckoning, Fables Of The Reconstruction; those 4 are brilliant, energetic and catchy with murky strange lyrics. Of latter-day REM, I think Automatic For The People and New Adventures In Hi-Fi are brilliant, showing different sides to the band, but some of the appealing mystery of the band is gone by this time. So, those 6 in particular are my favourites.
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I think the Best Of overlooks their best of, actually. I guess I'd start with Life's Rich Pageant.
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Try the "Best of R.E.M.- The IRS years" Which takes you a bit further back and introduced me to their earlier work.

Automatic For The People and Document are my favourites, although Out of Time has some excellent songs too.
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REM was a great band in the 80's. And a solid band in the 90's.
Murmur, Reckoning, Fables of the Reconstruction and especially Life's Rich Pageant are GREAT albums. These are definitely must-haves.
Then Document started showing their commercial side. It was a very good album, but it somehow missed the magic of the first four(although it did have It's the End of the World and The One I Love - two of their best songs from that era).
Green and Out of Time, in my opinion, are their weakest efforts. There are really some embarassments in there(Stand, RADIO SONG).
Definitely the best REM album from Automatic to now is New Adventures in Hi-Fi. A classic.
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buy Automatic For the People. It's by far their best album. If you love this, you love REM, then you may investigate furthur. DO IT! j/k
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I started with Automatic and Green, both of which worked really well for me. However, I think Lifes Rich Pageant is a lot better album to start off with than Green, so I'll join what seems to be the general consensus and advise both Automatic for the People and Lifes Rich Pageant.
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START WITH AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE.
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I think the Best Of overlooks their best of, actually. I guess I'd start with Life's Rich Pageant.

what she said
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It's funny, maybe because I discovered it a decade after the fact, but Green is an album I rather enjoy. It's kind got this bubblegum vibe going on but you can't really get upset because it's so knowing and tongue in cheek. And plus it's got Hairshirt, one of my favourite REM songs.

Out of Time has some excellent moments too.

UP is underrated but I wouldnt suggest that someone new to the band buy it. Get Automatic for the People and a bunch of greatest hits compilations, then stew on it all for a while.
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And plus it's got Hairshirt, one of my favourite REM songs.

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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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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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