Earlier I put up a post with a review of a very influential album on my listening tastes, Lifes Rich Pageant. I sort of left the REM story unfinished as regards me. I need closure.
After LRP came Document. Of course I ran out and bought it the second I could. It has some great songs on it, but one bothered me in particular – the most popular song from the album, “The One I Love”.
It has some of the classic REM over and under tones, but it just wasn’t quite right. A bit too poppy and weepy for me. But Document was still better than 99% of the music that was being produced during that time period so I decided to give REM a pass. I had a bad feeling that the writing was on the wall though, and it truly was.
The next album by REM was Green, their debut on Warner Brothers. My thoughts about Document were proven correct, and the bottom had truly fallen through. On Green are awful navel gazers like Stand. Ugh.
Also on this disc was Orange Crush. Are you kidding me?
Just awful. Then came stinkers like Shiny Happy People, and other nonsense. I abandoned ship, calling REM just another band that sold out. But dammit, it was REM. I am still sad.
For the next, oh, I don’t know, decade and a half I casually followed REM hoping like hell that they would snap out of it. They never did. It was like a part of me died.
But! Then! This!
That is the REM I love. That one came out last year and when I heard the first notes sung by Stipe of the tune on the radio I almost flew out of my chair thinking that my old band was back. When I came to my senses I decided to just enjoy the single and let be gone what was gone, what was done was done. I don’t think there really is any need for me to explore any new REM. I just have to be happy with the old stuff. I still might go see REM if they come near on a tour though – probably one of the few concerts that my wife and I would equally enjoy.
*hopefully the video links will stay, at Blogger EMI tends to make you travel to YouTube to play them