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Old 10-22-2007, 09:06 PM   #1
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Now choose your favorite R.E.M. songs!

Note: You are not required to mention anything from Reveal or Around the Sun.

Let's try to limit ourselves to 15?


1. Sitting Still (Murmur)
2. Finest Worksong (Document)
3. Find the River (Automatic)
4. Harborcoat (Reckoning)
5. Begin the Begin (Pageant)
6. Undertow (Hi-Fi)
7. Sweetness Follows (Automatic)
8. Tongue (Monster)
9. Be Mine (Hi-Fi)
10. Country Feedback (Out of Time)
11. You Are the Everything (Green)
12. I Believe (Pageant)
13. Sad Professor (Up)
14. Maps and Legends (Fables)
15. What's the Frequency, Kenneth? (Monster)

Anyone who questions the presence of #9 would be well served by watching this:



umm, and this too, for the hell of it:

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and this...

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Old 10-22-2007, 09:10 PM   #3
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So, Losing My Religion, Everybody Hurts, One I Love, Man On The Moon, and It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) all fail to make it?

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Old 10-22-2007, 09:16 PM   #4
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Everybody Hurts...hurts.

I read a review of Monster when it came out that suggested EH was split into two superior songs on the album, Strange Currencies and Tongue. They were right.

Unlike U2, R.E.M.'s singles are rarely among the best songs on the albums.
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Everybody Hurts is so overrated.

I don't listen to enough REM to make up a difinitive list off the top of my head, but Man on the Moon, Finest Worksong, At My Most Beautiful and Nightswimming would all be on my list.
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In no particular order:

1. Man On The Moon
2. The Great Beyond
3. Losing My Religion
4. What's The Frequency, Kenneth?
5. Disturbance At The Heron House
6. Welcome To The Occupation
7. Suspicion
8. The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite
9. World Leader Pretend
10. Nightswimming
11. Find The River
12. Everybody Hurts
13. Texarkana
14. Driver 8
15. Swan Swan H
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I can't stand Everybody Hurts. It's a bathroom break song, for sure.

1. Pilgrimage (Murmur)
2. Sitting Still (Mumur)
3. Life and How to Live It (Fables of the Reconstruction)
4. Begin the Begin (Life's Rich Pageant)
5. Cuyahoga (Life's Rich Pageant)
6. Welcome to the Occupation (Document)
7. Disturbance at the Heron House (Document)
8. You Are the Everything (Green)
9. Texarkana (Out of Time)
10. Find the River (Automatic For the People)
11. Drive (Automatic For the People)
12. The Wake-Up Bomb (New Adventures In Hi-Fi)
13. The Great Beyond (Man on the Moon soundtrack)
14. Daysleeper (Up)
15. Imitation of Life (Reveal)

And honorable mention to Wall of Death, which is REM covering the Richard Thompson song. It's wonderful.
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1. Find the River (Automatic...)
2. It's the End of the World... (Document)
3. Leave (New Adventures...)
4. Man on the Moon (Automatic...)
5. Gardening at Night (the version on Eponymous)
6. Nightswimming (Automatic...)
7. Losing My Religion (Out of Time)
8. Radio Song (Out of Time)
9. Exhuming McCarthy (Document)
10. Why Not Smile (Up)
11. What's the Frequency, Kenneth? (Monster)
12. Radio Free Europe (Single)
13. Imitation of Life (Reveal)
14. Orange Crush (Green)
15. The Great Beyond (EP)

Their cover of Draggin' the Line off of the Austin Powers 2 soundtrack is really good, too.
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1. Everybody Hurts
2. Orange Crush
3. Losing My Religion
4. The One I Love
5. Texarkana
6. Shiny Happy People
7. It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
8. What's The Frequency, Kenneth ??
9. Man On The Moon
10. Find The River
11. The Great Beyond
12. Half A World Away
13. Radio Song
14. Imitation Of Life
15. Nightswimming
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I can't stand Everybody Hurts. It's a bathroom break song, for sure.
I was going to post the exact same thing.

Country Feedback was my wedding song.

(I've been divorced for years, but that's not the point)
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From each album

Chronic Town - Carnival Of Sorts (Box Cars)
Murmur - Pilgrimage
Reckoning - Harborcoat
Fables - Driver 8
Lifes Rich Pageant - These Days; I Believe
Document - Finest Worksong
Green - Orange Crush
Out Of Time - Country Feedback
Automatic For The People - Drive
Monster - Crush With Eyeliner
New Adventures - Binky The Doormat
Up - Lotus
Reveal - The Lifting
Around The Sun - Ascent Of Man
New LP - Living Well's The Best Revenge

I added Chronic Town and the one from LP14 to make 15 songs.
I guess my actual top 15 would look a lot different however as I definitely prefer some albums to others. I'll have to think about it for awhile though.
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I can't stand Everybody Hurts. It's a bathroom break song, for sure
I agree, but it was used to perfection in The Office episode "The Fire."
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I was going to post the exact same thing.

Country Feedback was my wedding song.

(I've been divorced for years, but that's not the point)

Stipe repeating "crazy what you could've had" over and over was probably a pretty bad omen.
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I agree, but it was used to perfection in The Office episode "The Fire."
It was also used very well in an episode of My So Called Life.

Oh god, I think I just outed myself.
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And LMP, do you even have any of the first 4 albums? Nothing from there save for the Eponymous stuff?

Tsk, tsk.

Also, if we're doing special mentions, I'll put in a vote for the cover of the Velvet Underground's Femme Fatale from Dead Letter Office. Once of Stipe's greatest vocal performances, and I think he blows Nico's out of the water. Their version of Pale Blue Eyes ain't too bad either...
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