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Old 08-01-2006, 10:01 PM   #31
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R.E.M. is to Coldplay as prime rib is to hamburger.
I like hamburger better
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Yeah definately start with Automatic but second after that, make sure you check out New Adventures In Hi-Fi. It's R.E.M.s hidden classic album(in that it doesn't get anywhere near the amount of praise it should get).

It's my absolute favourite of theirs. It's got a distorted, desolate vibe that's truly epic.

As for the comparisons, I think Coldplay aim to please, while R.E.M. simply aim to be. Take your pick.
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R.E.M. tower over Coldplay like something huge towers over something very small
i could not agree more.

anyone who says otherwise should be embarassed.
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Old 08-01-2006, 11:43 PM   #34
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you ever chooses coldplay over rem needs severe a slapping or at least sloppy kisses

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Old 08-02-2006, 12:12 AM   #35
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i could not agree more.

anyone who says otherwise should be embarassed.
Strange...I don't feel embarrassed.

The question asks who your favorite is of the two, not who is the better band or who is more legendary. Some people might take those things into consideration, and others may not. Such is life.
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Old 08-02-2006, 12:57 AM   #36
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I'd have to say I enjoy Coldplay more, but I haven't heard all of R.E.M's stuff (there's so much to hear!) so I guess it isn't final until I get around to that.
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R.E.M. Not even a remotely close choice for me.
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REM, no question.
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Old 08-02-2006, 01:32 PM   #39
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Well, just ask yourself the question: Where's Coldplay's Losing My Religion? Coldplay's Imitation of Life? Coldplay's Everybody Hurts? (and don't say Fix You here ).

I like Coldplay, but they have a lot more to prove if they want to be compared to R.E.M.
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Well, just ask yourself the question: Where's Coldplay's Losing My Religion? Coldplay's Imitation of Life? Coldplay's Everybody Hurts? (and don't say Fix You here ).

I like Coldplay, but they have a lot more to prove if they want to be compared to R.E.M.
Of course you could also say, where in the last 9 years is REM's Parachutes, A Rush of Blood to the Head, and X&Y?

I like REM, but they've completely blown their own legacy with nearly a decade of mediocrity and 3 albums that no one would even remotely like or listen to if they weren't REM records.

And by the way, Clocks has become arguably as big of a "classic" as any of the REM songs you named. Easily more memorable and straight up popular than Imitation of Life.
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i don't find that to be at all true. i became a much bigger fan of rem after their latest album. leaving new york and i wanted to be wrong or two of the very finest songs i have EVER heard.
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Well you should maybe take some of your own previous advice in this thread and be embarrassed for yourself.

Coming from the guy who constantly states that he hates U2's last 2 albums for their supposed "easy listening/adult comtemporary" qualities, it blows my mind that you could stand up for anything REM has released post-New Adventures in Hi-Fi. Seems pretty.......hypocritical.
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Dammit, I have to pick? OK, I'll pick R.E.M. because they've been around longer. But I really do like both.
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Well, just ask yourself the question: Where's Coldplay's Losing My Religion? Coldplay's Imitation of Life? Coldplay's Everybody Hurts? (and don't say Fix You here ).
Coldplay's finest songs aren't singles. Often, they're not even on albums.

Examples: I'd take Talk single b-side "Sleeping Sun" over any of the trash on X&Y (except "Low" and "Til Kingdom Come") any day. "Warning Sign" is a song near the tail end of AROBTTH and, despite being one of the two or three best songs on the record, is never talked about.

A lot of people judge Coldplay on the face value of their singles. That's not necessarily the wrong thing to do, as that's what a single is actually for, to get you to judge an artist based on the one song/video. But the reason I like Coldplay as much as I do is because of the stellar, unsung work laying deep in their catalogue.


Furthermore, I have no clue why people sweat all over REM as much as they do. I've tried to get into them, listened to a few albums several time, and I really can't see why people classify them as "legendary".
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Wow, the opinion is more divided here than I'd have imagined.

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"Warning Sign" is a song near the tail end of AROBTTH and, despite being one of the two or three best songs on the record, is never talked about.
I do like that song a lot. It really is true that they have as many or more hidden gems in album tracks than the singles! Either album tracks or demo versions like the great one for Talk which pisses all over the album version, in my opinion.

But I grew up with REM (& U2) listening to and watching the videos from Out Of Time, Automatic, Monster and New Adventures. And they had such a huge discography even before OOT, consisting of amazing albums like Lifes Rich Pageant and Document. There's no question I prefer REM, even though I haven't really bothered to check out their last 2 albums.
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