Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Nine random thoughts about the breakup of R.E.M.

1. Wish they had called it quits after the very good ACCELERATE rather than the uneven COLLAPSE INTO NOW.

2. If you don't have it, I recommend ordering the import live CD SONGS FOR A GREEN WORLD--recorded on the GREEN tour.

3. Writing was on the wall when The Decemberists' THE KING IS DEAD (which Peter Buck played on) was a better R.E.M. album than COLLAPSE INTO NOW.

4. In case you haven't heard it, the demo disc on the FABLES OF THE RECONSTRUCTION reissue is excellent.

5. Looking forward to next year's likely reissue of DOCUMENT--the first R.E.M. album I ever bought.

6. Never saw R.E.M. live with Bill Berry.  But the best show of theirs I caught was the pre-2004 election concert at L.A.'s Greek Theatre.

7. Hoping that R.E.M. and Warner Bros. Records will agree to delete AROUND THE SUN from the band's in-release catalogue.

8. Willing to argue that the band's best videos are those for "Drive" and the live rendering of "Swan Swan H" from the semi-forgotten documentary ATHENS GA.

9. Hoping we can now see a special edition release of HINDU LOVE GODS (a Stipe-less R.E.M. backing the late Warren Zevon--including a killer cover of Prince's "Raspberry Beret")

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