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it's gonna be too late to bring you back

You know how sometimes you will fall out of love with a band you once swore you would devote your life to? Well, maybe not in those extreme terms, but I think you know what I mean. You hear a new band, you fall in love. The band woos you with a couple of good cds and just when you think you're in it forever, they start sucking. They change their tune or their direction and you decide it's just not worth the effort of pretending you love them anymore, so you put away all the cds and get on with your life and your pursuit of other bands worthy of your love. As time goes on, you remember only the bad things about that band. You remember the third-rate albums that followed the good ones and you forget about the good times you had together. The memories, like the cd cases, gather dust. And then one day you happen to be listening to an internet radio station that is playing songs from that long gone era when your love with that band was new and fresh. And suddenly it all comes back. Why you loved them, why you stood in line for tickets to see them, why you scrawled their lyrics in your journal. Chronic Town and Murmur notwithstanding, Reckoning was one of the best cds ever made. Go build yourself another dream, this choice isn't mine. Sigh. Come back to me, Michael. I miss you. [By the way, if you love 80's new wave (and I mean the good stuff, not the Katrina and the Waves crap), this is the best streaming station you can listen to. Thanks to my Long Island homie for pointing me there]

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Excellent station. Thanks. :)

I was always more of a "Life's Rich Pageant" guy myself, but "Reckoning" was a close second.

I don't for the life of me understand how some people can't see that "Automatic for the People" is REM's best album, hands down, by far. I just don't get it. Oh well I guess some folks just don't know music.

I see your point, Joe. If we don't agree with your view, we must not know music.

Mmhhmmm.

Green over here.

The stars are the greatest thing you've ever seen
And they're there for you
For you alone
You are the everything

Cool station, the first song up was the Stranglers, Always the Sun, definitely a step in the right direction. And it's Murmur for me, but you know I kick it old school.

Life's Rich Pageant is and will remain my favorite album of all time. It even includes the blogger's rant to big media:

Swan, swan, hummingbird
Hurrah, we are all free now
What noisy cats are we

Reckoning is also wonderful, as is anything prior to the dreadful Automatic for the People. I saw them fourteen times, the first coming in a bar in the company of about 200 people. It was amazing. If only they wouldn't actually talk, life would be perfect.

"Hey, Captain,
don't you wanna buy
some bone chains and toothpicks?"

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Some band's popularity just escapes me. REM is one such band. But there two songs of theirs that I enjoy: Man On The Moon, and one other from circa 1985 that I used to think was Billy Idol. Cracked the top 40, I think.

You hear a new band, you fall in love. The band woos you with a couple of good cds and just when you think you're in it forever, they start sucking. They change their tune or their direction and you decide it's just not worth the effort of pretending you love them anymore, so you put away all the cds and get on with your life and your pursuit of other bands worthy of your love.

Yes, it's called "The Story of U2."

... one other from circa 1985 that I used to think was Billy Idol. Cracked the top 40, I think.

"Can't Get There From Here" would be my guess.

Thlayli: Yes! Thank you--it was driving me nuts--tip of my tongue, and such.

Wow, once again ASV gets an amen from AWS. Reckoning was fabulous. I especially like "harborcoat" and "dont' go back to Rockville," which reminds me of my hometown.

Truly, the band is well beyond their heyday. the new song "Bad Day" shows hints of the great things they used to do. Most of it these days is just (synth) mumble, mumble, mumble (synth) dirge music.

That's so funny that two people quoted Swan Swan H. Ever since I was a kid, I thought it was about the Trail of Tears. I just realized about three weeks ago that it's not.

I agree with anything before Automatic for the People, but I'm ashamed to admit, I like Try Not To Breathe. And I still sing Sweetness Follows all the time.

The first thing I bought with my new credit card when I got to college was a CD player. The first CD I ever bought (same credit card) was Fables of the Reconstruction. But Reckoning is superior. South Central Rain" would make it worth owning all by itself, but there isn't a weak track on it.

I think the "peak" was somewhere b/t Document and Out of Time. They were definately going down with Automatic and it ends there for me. I met Peter Buck one time out of nowhere. I was all, "OMG. I worshipped you guys in Jr. High- but I really don't care for your stuff nowadays... oh crap." The conversation went pretty flat from there.

Reckoning is the only REM album I ever owned. I liked Harborcoat and 7 Chinese Brothers ...

I liked the fact that the album sounded ... muddled, I guess ... It took some getting used to, but had a very deep appeal.

Also: [i]"You hear a new band, you fall in love. The band woos you with a couple of good cds and just when you think you're in it forever, they start sucking. They change their tune or their direction and you decide it's just not worth the effort of pretending you love them anymore, so you put away all the cds and get on with your life and your pursuit of other bands worthy of your love."[/i]

That's how I was with Elvis Costello. After I got "Get Happy!!" (I'm listening to "Temptation" as I type this) I was a total Costello-head; by the time "Goodbye Cruel World" came out, my friends were shocked that I didn't run right out and buy it. (I still don't have it, or any Costello albums after that ... )

I'm a big "Life's Rich Pagent" fan myself, but I've long since been excommunicated as a "real" REM fan because I also like Green, Automatic, and Monster. (I think everything after that pretty sucked though).

Boy oh boy Michelle you are singin' my tune.

Murmur, Reckoning, Fables, Pageant, and Document feel like part of my DNA, I've listened to them so many times. The intro to Driver 8 was the first guitar riff I ever learned. They were the first band that I went really ga-ga for.

Yet they have surely jumped the shark. The exact moment was track 2 of Monster, "The King of Comedy."

my husband is a dyed-in-the-wool REM fan, thus we have nearly every single REM album ever made, except for the most recent one. My favorite is, and always has been, "Reckoning". I bought the record when i was first released, having fell in love with So. central rain. His REM is different than mine, since he's 4 years younger and thus he started on a different album, and doesn't remember the breath of fresh air that "Murmur" was way back when.

I love it all, though. Everything from "Catapult" to "how the west was won and where it got us".
Don't have the new one, yet. Want to get it and see where they've traveled musically.

Another band that had the same jangly thing going that i really loved was Guadalcanal Diary, and i had that album for a long time. The Rev did a pretty good version of "Watusi Rodeo".

I got introduced to REM via a transcription of "Can't Get There From Here" in Guitar For The Practicing Musician back in 1985. Living in rural NE Ohio, there was just no outlet for me to hear that kind of music . . . until MTV started playing "Driver 8" and "Fall On Me" and "Pretty Persuasion" and . . . oh, was I hooked. Still am, up to but not including Monster.

But I won't let you get off on slagging Katrina and the Waves. Their first album is fine, fine pop music, and Kimberly Rew owes nobody any apologies for that band. He had real bona fides from the Soft Boys, not to mention writing "Going Down To Liverpool." If I ever write a song one ten-thousandth as catchy as "Walking on Sunshine," I will consider it a real accomplishment.

Yay I'm famous!

I still keep hearing songs on that station that I have completely forgot about. I just wish they had a few more Ramones songs in there, and not the mainstream ones...

I know just what you mean. I feel that way about Crowded house.

I was listening to Audioslave in the car this morning and one of the songs made me think of Pearl Jam. Which, of course, made me think of this entry. Poor lost Pearl Jam. sniffle

At least REM put out 8 good albums before they imploded.