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R.E.M. Songs you like

Everyone must admit that the guitarist is good.

What about the lead singer?

by Anonymousreply 133August 18, 2021 2:17 AM

"Fall On Me" is my fave.

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by Anonymousreply 1August 12, 2021 4:24 AM

I don't like any of them, now that Micheal Stipe is almost dead.

by Anonymousreply 2August 12, 2021 4:24 AM

They do seem to be of their own time and place.

by Anonymousreply 3August 12, 2021 4:27 AM

Every fool has a reason to feeling sorry for himself.

And dragging his heart around like a stone.

by Anonymousreply 4August 12, 2021 4:30 AM

What's the Frequency, Kenneth?

Orange Crush

Stand

by Anonymousreply 5August 12, 2021 4:30 AM

I read this as REO

by Anonymousreply 6August 12, 2021 4:32 AM

"Crush with Eyeliner" is good. Courtney Love, who is (weirdly enough) friends with Stipe, has claimed he wrote it about her. I'm not sure if that's true or not, but I do wonder.

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by Anonymousreply 7August 12, 2021 4:32 AM

This, right here.

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by Anonymousreply 8August 12, 2021 4:33 AM

The end of the world as we know it

by Anonymousreply 9August 12, 2021 4:33 AM

Another vote for "Fall on Me," followed by "Can't Get There From Here."

by Anonymousreply 10August 12, 2021 4:34 AM

They are one of my favorite bands - love pretty much all their albums.

by Anonymousreply 11August 12, 2021 4:35 AM

E-Bow the Letter, Leave, What' s the Frequency, Kenneth

by Anonymousreply 12August 12, 2021 4:35 AM

Losing My Religion - duh!

by Anonymousreply 13August 12, 2021 4:35 AM

It's late and probably too mainstream for some, but "The Great Beyond" puts me in a good mood when I hear it while grocery shopping.

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by Anonymousreply 14August 12, 2021 4:36 AM

Driver 8

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by Anonymousreply 15August 12, 2021 4:36 AM

Don’t Go Back to Rockville.

Losing My Religion.

by Anonymousreply 16August 12, 2021 4:37 AM

Find the River

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by Anonymousreply 17August 12, 2021 5:35 AM

Man on the Moon. Probably my favorite video of theirs

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by Anonymousreply 18August 12, 2021 5:47 AM

E-bow The Letter and Country Feedback are probably my favorites, but Me In Honey and Near Wild Heaven are poppier songs of theirs I enjoy.

by Anonymousreply 19August 12, 2021 5:50 AM

Pretty much everything on Lifes Rich Pageant. Begin the Begin is one of my all time faves. I also like Finest Worksong, Texarkana, Me in Honey, World Leader Pretend, and Turn You Inside Out.

by Anonymousreply 20August 12, 2021 5:51 AM

They have so many, many good songs. I finally checked in as a teen when Out of Time came out. It was popular and I remember the critics being disappointed, but it was my gateway to all of their earlier works.

Orange Crush was an all-timer for me back in the day. One That I Love as well. Radio Free Europe, Rockville, Texarkana, and Man on the Moon are great. I have a huge soft spot for Get Up. I even love Radio Song, Superman, Binky the Doormat, and End of the World. Sue me!

But at the top of my list is Begin the Begin. Always. There is just something about that song. It's epic.

Life's Rich Pageant and Automatic were my fave albums. I think New Adventures in Hi-Fi was the last album of theirs I bought (I'm not sure if I ever gave Up a chance). I don't listen to them much these days. :(

by Anonymousreply 21August 12, 2021 6:01 AM

R7 “crush with eyeliner” always makes me think Of the Lauren Bacall song in “the big sleep” where she sings the line “she’s a real sad tomato, she’s a busted Valentine”

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by Anonymousreply 22August 12, 2021 6:07 AM

“Monty got a raw deal” about Montgomery clift’s accident.

“Drive”, “find the river”, I liked the cover of John Lennon’s “dream”

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by Anonymousreply 23August 12, 2021 6:13 AM

Driver 8, Don't Go Back to Rockville, Shiny Happy People, The Outsiders, Aftermath, Leaving New York.

by Anonymousreply 24August 12, 2021 6:16 AM

Nightswimming! Love REM but that has been my favorite since I first heard it. Second would probably be Walk Unafraid but that one is more tied up in the nostalgia of where I was in life when it was a part of my regular soundtrack.

by Anonymousreply 25August 12, 2021 6:22 AM

Huge REM fan.

Songs I Love:

Driver Eight

Nightswimming

World Leader Pretend

Electrolite

by Anonymousreply 26August 12, 2021 6:26 AM

Has anyone mentioned "Feeling Gravity's Pull" or "Maps and Legends"?

I was there from their first EP and love everything from the first years. Then I moved on to other kinds of music and they got huge.

by Anonymousreply 27August 12, 2021 6:59 AM

Everybody Hurts.

by Anonymousreply 28August 12, 2021 7:41 AM

Shit, I forgot about King of Birds. I loved King of Birds. How could I?

And I mixed up Texarkana with Me In Honey. I've always done that. Not sure why.

Here's my list of faves with "(x)'s" being tops for me.

Murmur: Radio Free Europe (x), Pilgrimage (x), Talk About the Passion

Reckoning: Rockville (x), So. Central Rain (x), 7 Chinese Brothers, Camera, Time After Time, Pretty Persuasion, Harbourcoat

Fables: Life and How To Live It, Can't Get There From Here

Life's Rich Pageant: Begin the Begin (x), Superman (x), Cuyahoga, These Days, I Believe, What If We Give It Away?

Document: King of Birds (x), The One I Love (x), End of the World, Strange, Disturbance At The Heron House, Finest Worksong, Oddfellows Local 151 (What a disturbing song!)

Green: Orange, Get Up (x), Turn You Inside-Out, Untitled

Out of Time: Losing My Religion (x), Me in Honey (x), Radio Song

Automatic: Man on the Moon (x), Monty Got a Raw Deal (x), Drive, Try Not to Breathe, New Orleans Instrumental No. 1, Sweetness Follows, The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite, Find the River, Nightswimming

Monster: Crush With Eyeliner, Strange Currencies, I Don't Sleep I Dream

Adventures in Hi-Fi: Binky the Doormat (x), New Test Leper, E-Bow The Letter, Wake-Up Bomb (mild ripoff of Cherry Bomb but whatever)

My Top 10:

1. Begin the Begin

2. Losing My Religion

3. Man on the Moon

4. Monty Got a Raw Deal

5. Orange Crush

6. Get Up

7. King of Birds

8. Me In Honey

9. The One I Love

10. Rockville

by Anonymousreply 29August 12, 2021 7:56 AM

I forgot about King of Birds, too R29. That's a fantastic song.

by Anonymousreply 30August 12, 2021 8:13 AM

Stand

by Anonymousreply 31August 12, 2021 8:25 AM

Orange Crush

Losing my Religion

What's the frequency Kenneth

by Anonymousreply 32August 12, 2021 8:33 AM

From the mid-80s to the mid-90s, it seemed that R.E.M. could do no wrong. Fans loved them, music critics loved them, MTV loved them, college hipsters loved them. And then suddenly everyone stopped listening to them, talking about them. or caring about them. I know that every band runs it course, and R.E.M. had a longer run than most, but these days, when people talk about 80s and 90s music, R.E.M. don't seem to get as much credit as they deserve.

by Anonymousreply 33August 12, 2021 9:12 AM

You are all stupid fools for loving these people

by Anonymousreply 34August 12, 2021 9:14 AM

R11 what's the frequejncy, Kennocks?

by Anonymousreply 35August 12, 2021 9:15 AM

All of them.

by Anonymousreply 36August 12, 2021 9:22 AM

This one goes out to the one I hate.

by Anonymousreply 37August 12, 2021 9:25 AM

My Top 10:

Me In Honey

Monty Got A Raw Deal

Ignoreland

Time After Time

How The West Was Won And Where It Got Us

These Days

Find The River

Feeling Gravity's Pull

Circus Envy

Moral Kiosk

by Anonymousreply 38August 12, 2021 9:40 AM

Damn, a few of you need to get a room!

by Anonymousreply 39August 12, 2021 9:48 AM

Most of the time I am late to the party on popular music. If I become aware of some music that's already big stadium and huge music festival big, I tend not to pay attention. I knew them vaguely, it was the music that would play in the background at some late night place and straight college guys, too drunk, would hit on gay guys and the say they weren't, but five minutes later say they were.

Somehow I only listened properly at the tail end of the 1980s. They weren't my thing, really, but they were kind of perfect: Stipe's voice and the lush instrumentals.

by Anonymousreply 40August 12, 2021 9:49 AM

All this stuff is 30 years old.

by Anonymousreply 41August 12, 2021 9:50 AM

Don’t forget, DL icon Davida R starred in the Losing My Religon video!

by Anonymousreply 42August 12, 2021 9:56 AM

End of the World and Losing My Religion.

by Anonymousreply 43August 12, 2021 10:32 AM

Imitation of Life was always awesome!!

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by Anonymousreply 44August 12, 2021 11:06 AM

My Top 10

Nightswimming

Imitation of Life

Half a World Away

You Are the Everything

Superman

The Finest Worksong

Don’t Go Back to Rockville

Aftermath

The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite

E-Bow the Letter

by Anonymousreply 45August 12, 2021 11:07 AM

Thanks, R41, for pointing that out, since no one else on Earth can read a calendar but you.

by Anonymousreply 46August 12, 2021 11:23 AM

[quote]. no one else on Earth can read a calendar but you.

You read the calendar incorrectly. It's 42 years old,

by Anonymousreply 47August 12, 2021 12:29 PM

IMO, the greatest REM song ever is "Wolves, Lower." I also love "Feeling Gravity's Pull," "Life and How to Live It" and "Can't Get There From Here," the true highlights of their 80s Outsider Art period. I can still put those songs on and feel totally transported.

They offered such an intriguing and cool alternative image of what it meant to be curious and creative people from the American South. I think that's been lost in recent years

As a band, I think REM peaked with "The One I Love." I was still in early high school when "Out of Time" came out and suddenly people's parents started getting into their songs. Everything after that, starting with "Automatic For the People," was a slide into sameness and commercial schlock.

I had thought the band might get edgier and more daring when Stipe finally came out, but almost the opposite happened.

by Anonymousreply 48August 12, 2021 1:29 PM

South Central Rain is my favorite.

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by Anonymousreply 49August 12, 2021 1:43 PM

someone give a short version of what they've been doing the last ten years.

by Anonymousreply 50August 12, 2021 2:42 PM

Michael Stipe has done a couple of solo 'singles', I think he's working on an album.

Peter Buck made an album with the unsung genius Luke Haines a few years ago.

I don't really know about Mike Mills or Bill Berry.

by Anonymousreply 51August 12, 2021 2:45 PM

it's the end of the world as we know it

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by Anonymousreply 52August 12, 2021 2:47 PM

You’re beautiful, more beautiful than me

You’re honorable, more honorable than me

Loyal to the Bank of America

by Anonymousreply 53August 12, 2021 2:56 PM

Never could get into them.

by Anonymousreply 54August 12, 2021 2:58 PM

Adventures in Hi-Fi was actually a decent album.

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by Anonymousreply 55August 13, 2021 10:15 AM

Holy shit that was off of Reveal. I was so off. But, it does sound similar in sound.

by Anonymousreply 56August 13, 2021 10:17 AM

You Are The Everything

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by Anonymousreply 57August 13, 2021 10:23 AM

I Remember California

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by Anonymousreply 58August 13, 2021 10:24 AM

Let Me In

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by Anonymousreply 59August 13, 2021 10:25 AM

County Feedback (with Neil Young)

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by Anonymousreply 60August 13, 2021 10:26 AM

And of course, Nightswimming

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by Anonymousreply 61August 13, 2021 10:27 AM

This Warholian video with Kirsten Dunst

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by Anonymousreply 62August 13, 2021 10:37 AM

No love for Shiny Happy People ?

by Anonymousreply 63August 13, 2021 10:57 AM

R24 mentioned it, and it's actually a delightful cut off Out of Time.

by Anonymousreply 64August 13, 2021 10:58 AM

R23 Shiny Happy People and Leaving New York are the two worst songs they ever did.

by Anonymousreply 65August 13, 2021 11:00 AM

Shiny Happy People is a whimsical, simple song that is comforting to sing along with. It has an unassuming nature with a positivity that isn't too cloying. It also carries a nostalgia that doesn't feel burdensome. Kate Pierson's backing vocals are so pleasant. I even don't mind the music video.

I don't mind Leaving New York either.

by Anonymousreply 66August 13, 2021 11:14 AM

Shiny Happy People is a brilliant pop song, and one of those cases where the artists are embarrassed to have created something that the masses enjoy.

I mean no one is going to sing along to E-Bow The Letter are they?

by Anonymousreply 67August 13, 2021 11:22 AM

R67 I sing along to E-Bow The Letter every time I hear it.

by Anonymousreply 68August 13, 2021 11:41 AM

I always liked "Shiny, Happy People" because I saw it as an attempt by R.E.M. to lighten up and show they weren't always so damn deadly serious and pretentious. So I was disappointed when I learned that the band hated the song.

by Anonymousreply 69August 13, 2021 11:46 AM

South Central Rain The One I Love Losing My Religion Everybody Hurts Shiny Happy People Imitation of Life Fall on Me Don’t Go Back to Rockville Talk About The Passion Superman

by Anonymousreply 70August 13, 2021 12:08 PM

Is that a medley R70?

by Anonymousreply 71August 13, 2021 12:38 PM

Thank you R51. Night Swimming is one of my absolute favorites too. It is rare that a song can evoke a complex emotional mood in me, but that song always does it. It's like a beautiful Yeats poem set over of simple piano riff.

by Anonymousreply 72August 13, 2021 1:20 PM

I love so many of their songs! Now, if I could actually understand what they're saying, that would be awesome.

by Anonymousreply 73August 13, 2021 1:34 PM

R73, Stipe could have used a professor Higgins, that's for sure.

by Anonymousreply 74August 13, 2021 3:32 PM

There are so many stories about Stipe being an absolute horror show as a human being. It's really annoying I like his band so much.

by Anonymousreply 75August 13, 2021 4:13 PM

Shiney Happy People just seemed like a leftover B52’s song they picked up and put out and then included the former singers on.

by Anonymousreply 76August 13, 2021 5:04 PM

[quote] Everybody Hurts Shiny Happy People

So true..

by Anonymousreply 77August 13, 2021 5:09 PM

This video for "Swan Swan H" (linked here) came from a music promo documentary called "Athens, Georgia Inside Out" that came out in the 80s, and showcased REM along with other local bands like Kilkenny Cats, Flat Duo Jets and Pylon (serious throwback names) that never achieved anywhere near the same notoriety.

I think of this as the apex of Stipe's pretentiousness--I mean, he was SO silly and full of himself, but basically harmless. And Peter Buck was smokin' hot. I definitely would've with him right up until '94 (but not a day later).

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by Anonymousreply 78August 13, 2021 6:08 PM

...It's also amazing to me to watch Michael Stipe footage from that era and think, "Oh, that's right, you're dating NATALIE MERCHANT FROM 10,000 MANIACS."

by Anonymousreply 79August 13, 2021 6:10 PM

Green Grow The Rushes

by Anonymousreply 80August 13, 2021 6:14 PM

I loved them at the time, but I've never really listened to them since. On the other hand, I still listen to The Cure, The Smiths, and The Jesus and Mary Chain. I'm not sure why but they didn't stick with me like some of the other music from that era.

by Anonymousreply 81August 13, 2021 6:16 PM

Relooted Dude Lounge Thread

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by Anonymousreply 82August 14, 2021 2:16 AM

Did anybody mention Rockville?

by Anonymousreply 83August 14, 2021 2:26 AM

So, this is weird. There is this lyric in "Ignoreland" from "Automatic For the People".

The lyric is "They forced their way into the capital."

Does anybody else find that strange?

by Anonymousreply 84August 14, 2021 2:35 AM

I've Been High

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by Anonymousreply 85August 14, 2021 2:37 AM

Does anybody else think Michael Stipe wears fake eyelashes?

And if so why? Do you suppose he plucked them out as a young queer boy with problems?

by Anonymousreply 86August 14, 2021 2:39 AM

R85, that was fucking amazing. What album is that off of?

by Anonymousreply 87August 14, 2021 2:40 AM

R87 Reveal

by Anonymousreply 88August 14, 2021 2:45 AM

“I thought that I heard you laughing, I thought that heard you scream!”

by Anonymousreply 89August 14, 2021 2:54 AM

“All the Way to Reno” from Reveal. I was living in Reno at the time that album came out, so it’s evocative of that time and place in my life. Though the lyric about someone going to Reno to become a “star” is pretty amusing.

by Anonymousreply 90August 14, 2021 3:11 AM

I was a huge REM fan in the 80’s. Followed them around, trying to see as many shows as possible. Michael Stipe was beautiful then, and I found his uneasiness with fame to be an attractive trait. We all knew he was gay, and he knew that we knew. But once he embraced the fame, shaved his head and became a millionaire, my admiration for him disappeared. Still love all their earlier music to this day.

by Anonymousreply 91August 14, 2021 3:13 AM

Fascinating, a song that was cut from Reveal because it was simply too slow for an already slow album.

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by Anonymousreply 92August 14, 2021 6:33 AM

R82 why do you always feel compelled to ruin things?

by Anonymousreply 93August 14, 2021 7:46 AM

R91 Isn't he bi?

by Anonymousreply 94August 14, 2021 8:55 AM

No, Micheal STipe is not bi. He is a confused gay man.

by Anonymousreply 95August 14, 2021 8:58 AM

He dated women and said he was queer.

by Anonymousreply 96August 14, 2021 9:02 AM

Was he serious in his woman dating?

by Anonymousreply 97August 14, 2021 9:16 AM

R97 How would we know?

by Anonymousreply 98August 14, 2021 9:18 AM

Near Wild Heaven is a personal favorite.

by Anonymousreply 99August 14, 2021 9:20 AM

Everybody Hurts

by Anonymousreply 100August 14, 2021 9:22 AM

REM was excellent up until Monster and they stared pumping out muzak made for stadiums. In the 80s they could do no wrong.

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by Anonymousreply 101August 14, 2021 9:24 AM

R100 everybody hurt when Michael Stipe tries to stuff his limp dick up their butt!

by Anonymousreply 102August 14, 2021 9:26 AM

So. Central Rain, Electrolite

by Anonymousreply 103August 14, 2021 9:26 AM

R102 damn I was hoping he was a bottom.

I'd still fuck him now.

by Anonymousreply 104August 14, 2021 12:28 PM

R96 I also “dated” women, but I sure as shit never fucked them. He only uses the word queer to describe himself because the gay community wanted him to come out of the closet when he was on the covers of magazines. He still holds a grudge. R104 You’re in luck-word on the street is that Stipe is vers

by Anonymousreply 105August 14, 2021 1:31 PM

I can’t believe no one mentioned this song, if only because the video stars big dicked DL fave, Aaron Taylor Johnson.

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by Anonymousreply 106August 14, 2021 2:13 PM

R105 What the hell did you did with them then, if you didn't fuck? Go girl shopping together? And you really think he and Natalie Merchant never fucked? Yeah, sure. Quite a few REM songs are romantic songs about women.

by Anonymousreply 107August 14, 2021 2:26 PM

My Top 5:

Orange Crush

At My Most Beautiful

Imitation of Life

Everybody Hurts

Electrolite

by Anonymousreply 108August 14, 2021 2:43 PM

R107 Obviously never got the memo that fraus are not welcome here. Now shoo!

by Anonymousreply 109August 14, 2021 3:09 PM

And pussy

by Anonymousreply 110August 14, 2021 3:40 PM

As a guitar-driven indie band that had a rabid tour following, flirted with mainstream success, and was fronted by a sensitive-sexually ambiguous lead singer, 80's-era R.E.M. was frequently compared to The Smiths.

But unlike Morrissey (with whom Stipe is rumored to have "messed around" ca '91, although I have no idea if that's actually true), who came from a conservative working class/Irish Catholic/postwar background in the U.K. with so much baked-in homophobia in it that seemed to "explain" (not excuse) his eternal closetedness, I could never figure out what it was that kept Michael Stipe from coming out.

During those years, especially, Stipe was SO sanctimonious, a cultural and moral arbiter of everything "authentically" politically correct. And yet...so invested in maintaining a pathetic fiction around his sexual identity. Why? It doesn't really make sense to me. What exactly would it have cost him, of all people, to come out? Especially when he seemed to be all about callouts of hypocrisy, political corporatism, etc. I think it's weaselly.

And here's a final question from this elderly DL'er: Stipe was supposedly very close friends with both River Phoenix and Kurt Cobain around the time of their untimely deaths, but did he ever say a damned thing to them about their destructive drug habits? (or did he just enable them right to the end, because he was and is primarily a starfucker?)

by Anonymousreply 111August 14, 2021 3:41 PM

He did try and help Kurt Cobain. But Kurt refused all help. Stipe has said he sent a driver to Cobain house to pick him up and take him to rehab. The driver sat outside all day, but Kurt never left the house. As for River, clearly Stipe was in love, but River got caught up in the Hollywood drug scene. Junkies are known for refusing help from people who care about them.

by Anonymousreply 112August 14, 2021 3:57 PM

R110 has clearly never listened to Fuck Me Kitten

by Anonymousreply 113August 14, 2021 4:36 PM

The lead singer? He's like CCR's John Fogerty in that I can take him in small doses. I can stand him on shuffle but never play an entire REM album from start to finish. The voice just gets to be too much after a song or two.

My favorite is "It's The End Of The World As We Know It" (which is rather appropriate in these Corona Covid mask/no mask vaccine/ no vaccine days in which health care became a convenient and rather bizarre political issue.

Honestly, is there nothing in America that won't be politicized and divisiveness inducing?

by Anonymousreply 114August 14, 2021 5:06 PM

R111 Most of REM's fans were straight guys. Some of whom were either homophobic or uncomfortable with homosexuality. He would have alienated those fans if he had came out as gay.

When Billy Squier released his "Rock Me Tonite" video, it alienated his main fanbase who were straight guys because the video was deemed to be too gay.

It's not personal. It's business.

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by Anonymousreply 115August 14, 2021 6:07 PM

R111 He wasn't close friend with Kurt Cobain. He was only in the spotlight for like two and a half years, and half of that time he was touring, the other half, just being smacked out of his mind. They maybe hang out two-three times. That's not enough to make people close friends.

by Anonymousreply 116August 14, 2021 6:14 PM

Losing My Religion

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by Anonymousreply 117August 14, 2021 6:30 PM

[quote] Most of REM's fans were straight guys. Some of whom were either homophobic or uncomfortable with homosexuality.

[quote] When Billy Squier released his "Rock Me Tonite" video, it alienated his main fanbase who were straight guys because the video was deemed to be too gay.

Most of REM's audience were politically liberal, and REM didn't shy away from being political. They appealed more to the artsy, sensitive guys than to the toxic masculinity crowd of drunken football fans and frat bros. Yes, homophobia was very strong in the 80s and 90s, and yes, it might have hurt the band commercially if Stipe had come out earlier, but REM's audience wasn't exactly the same as Billy Squier's audience. And most REM fans suspected Stipe was gay long before he ever came out.

by Anonymousreply 118August 14, 2021 7:00 PM

[quote] When Billy Squier released his "Rock Me Tonite" video, it alienated his main fanbase who were straight guys because the video was deemed to be too gay.

Not to derail a thread about REM, but this is one of those things people always say, even though it's not quite true.

First of all, "Rock Me Tonite" went to #15 on the Billboard charts, charting higher than any of Squier's previous singles. (His only other Top 20 was "The Stroke," which peaked at #17).

Second, Squier was already 34 when "Rock Me Tonite" came out. He was already past his prime.

And it wasn't just that the video was "too gay" (though that was certainly part of it). It was that Squier was trying to fit into the culture of the mid-80s by dancing and prancing, which just wasn't his style. "Gay" or not, it was just awkward and embarrassing.

I'm sure Squier would like to think he would have been topping the charts for years to come if he hadn't done the "Rock Me Tonite" video, but that's unlikely. He's like all the '80s artists who complain that Nirvana ruined their careers when their careers were on the decline long before Nirvana ever came along.

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by Anonymousreply 119August 14, 2021 7:11 PM

I'm glad that DL has informative, knowledgeable discussion about a band with a gay frontman. The diva shit is really wearying sometimes. Anyway, Fables of Reconstruction is amazing. It strikes a sweet point between tender and aggressive post punk. Their first 4 albums are impeccable.

by Anonymousreply 120August 14, 2021 9:51 PM

R118 I'm not saying that REM and Billy Squier had the same fanbase. REM's fans were mainly Gen X whereas Squier's fans were older Boomers. My point is that straight men are attracted to rock music or music with a hard edge. REM's fans liked alternative rock and were not necessary politically liberal. I remember seeing a backlash from the homophobic comments about Michael Stipe wearing a skirt in the following YouTube video about 10 years ago. This reminded me of the negative reaction from Squier's "Rock Me Tonite" video.

Some of the comments include the following:

"why is michael wearing a dress?"

"What is up with the SKIRT? Sounds and looks like Bob Dylan with a skirt on. Whats up with that?"

"is he wearing women clothes?"

"oghgod.. sorrow sorrow sorrow. sorrow i had to look at that annoying outfit."

"you're right about the skirt, it's better if you listen without watching..anyway, this cannot cancel the history of the band.."

"I really didn't need to see that Stipe midriff!"

"wardrobe malfunction... boxers or briefs... creepy"

"erm he wears a skirt haha. now theres daring "fashion". not cool"

"Fricken dress......"

"@cynthiailly what a gay outfit tho, amirite?"

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by Anonymousreply 121August 15, 2021 1:53 AM

R121 Those the the comments that DL-ers would leave on that video. Actually, DL comments would be a lot harsher and more insulting.

by Anonymousreply 122August 15, 2021 10:34 AM

Three boy

by Anonymousreply 123August 17, 2021 6:59 AM

Obey your betters, boy.

by Anonymousreply 124August 17, 2021 7:00 AM

It's Time for Me To Fly

by Anonymousreply 125August 17, 2021 8:27 AM

Pretty Boys are too easy.

i would prefer smart boys.

by Anonymousreply 126August 17, 2021 8:29 AM

R62, I've never heard that song! And I am a huge REM fan.

What a gorgeous song.

by Anonymousreply 127August 17, 2021 8:54 AM

2 UNIMPEACHABLE EFFORTS: Drew Barrymoore's "Grey Gardens" & Stipe's lyrics to "End of the World as we...."

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by Anonymousreply 128August 17, 2021 12:29 PM

R18 I like how Stipe hitches a ride with that hot trucker.

by Anonymousreply 129August 17, 2021 4:34 PM

The zenith of Stipe's mature performances.

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by Anonymousreply 130August 17, 2021 5:52 PM

Untitled

Losing My Religion

Nightswimming

Everybody Hurts

Monty Got a Raw Deal

You Are the Everything

Stand

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by Anonymousreply 131August 17, 2021 6:57 PM

R129 That “hot trucker” was drummer Bill Berry.

by Anonymousreply 132August 18, 2021 1:43 AM

There are some songs I have a love/hate relationship with.

"Everybody Hurts" can be quite cloying, but I can't deny its intentions and high production values. Even if the lyrics are too on-the-nose, there is an honesty to them.

I feel similarly to "Stand." It's sound sometimes annoys me, but there's a lyrical truth that is undeniable as well. There's also an irony to to the song in today's social media. Twitter is antithetical to the song in some ways.

by Anonymousreply 133August 18, 2021 2:17 AM
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