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#41 SBTarheel

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 12:21 PM

This is another band where I have a basic knowledge. I know all the commercial hits and some other songs, but not too much.

Good starting points?


Fair question, my opinion is that if "Stand" and or "Shiny Happy People" are the commercial hits you know the best, that is a bad thing..

If "Losing My Religion", "What's the Frequency Kenneth", and "It's the End of the World" are the songs, then you're good!

in my opinion of course.
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 01:24 PM

This is another band where I have a basic knowledge. I know all the commercial hits and some other songs, but not too much.

Good starting points?


"Murmur"
"Document"
"Automatic For the People"
"Monster"
"New Adventures in Hi-Fi"

Listen to all of them all the way through.

There is baseball, and occasionally there are other things of note

"Now OPS sucks.  Got it."

"Making his own olive brine is peak Mackus."

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 01:27 PM

Fair question, my opinion is that if "Stand" and or "Shiny Happy People" are the commercial hits you know the best, that is a bad thing..

If "Losing My Religion", "What's the Frequency Kenneth", and "It's the End of the World" are the songs, then you're good!

in my opinion of course.


Yep, know all those, and the awesome song (Don't Go Back to) Rockville.

"Murmur"
"Document"
"Automatic For the People"
"Monster"
"New Adventures in Hi-Fi"

Listen to all of them all the way through.


Awesome, thanks. I know I've listened to a few...but not all the way through, I don't think.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 01:30 PM

Yep, know all those, and the awesome song (Don't Go Back to) Rockville.


Awesome, thanks. I know I've listened to a few...but not all the way through, I don't think.


I said in this thread that "New Adventures" is my favorite record of theirs, and it is, but it's not their most accessible. "Monster" might be the best bet for accessibility, it's also highly underrated.

There is baseball, and occasionally there are other things of note

"Now OPS sucks.  Got it."

"Making his own olive brine is peak Mackus."

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 01:31 PM

I said in this thread that "New Adventures" is my favorite record of theirs, and it is, but it's not their most accessible. "Monster" might be the best bet for accessibility, it's also highly underrated.


Just threw on Murmur.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 01:33 PM

Just threw on Murmur.


That's their first record ever so it's very very raw and the production ain't that great.

Still, it's an unreal record.

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"Now OPS sucks.  Got it."

"Making his own olive brine is peak Mackus."

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 01:33 PM

Seth, I think we are doing an amazing job promoting REM on this website. They should hire us, or something.

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"Now OPS sucks.  Got it."

"Making his own olive brine is peak Mackus."

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 01:41 PM

That's their first record ever so it's very very raw and the production ain't that great.

Still, it's an unreal record.

Definitely raw...with shoddy production.

4 in, but I'm digging it. They definitely have their own, recognizable, defining sound.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 03:56 PM

Seth, I think we are doing an amazing job promoting REM on this website. They should hire us, or something.


Let's forward this to their fan site..By the way, murmurs.com was an REM board that i used to be quite active on,but haven't been in years. I wonder if it's still around.
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 03:57 PM

One day, we should do a top 25 favorite REM songs list or something...

when Coker and Ricker get through everything maybe.
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Posted 03 August 2012 - 10:12 AM

One day, we should do a top 25 favorite REM songs list or something...

when Coker and Ricker get through everything maybe.


Man that would be really tough. Really really tough.

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"Now OPS sucks.  Got it."

"Making his own olive brine is peak Mackus."

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 10:48 AM

One day, we should do a top 25 favorite REM songs list or something...

when Coker and Ricker get through everything maybe.


I'm getting there. I absolutely LOVE New Adventures, Murmur and Reckoning so far. Still not familiar enough overall to contribute to a top 25 though.

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 01:24 PM

Really tough for sure..

You'd have to at least be familiar with the whole catalog.

Yea, I think it's pretty clear that I take this waaaaaaaaaay too seriously.

My friend Antoine (The Epic on OH & here) and I always do "top 5 lists" of literally every category imaginable. Pretty sad.. ;)
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Posted 21 December 2012 - 09:42 PM

Bumping this.

Been on *another* REM kick lately (as I should considering they're one of my 3 favorite bands ever) and I realized that they may be the only band, ever, to release 10(!) straight very good to great records.

Can the Beatles even match that?

From Murmur to New Adventures in Hi-Fi they didn't have a single dud. Very impressive.

There is baseball, and occasionally there are other things of note

"Now OPS sucks.  Got it."

"Making his own olive brine is peak Mackus."

"I'm too hungover to watch a loss." - McNulty

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 10:53 PM

Bumping this.

Been on *another* REM kick lately (as I should considering they're one of my 3 favorite bands ever) and I realized that they may be the only band, ever, to release 10(!) straight very good to great records.

Can the Beatles even match that?

From Murmur to New Adventures in Hi-Fi they didn't have a single dud. Very impressive.


I've really TRIED to like Fables, but I can't quite do it.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 01:04 AM

Their older stuff is WAY better than the newer.

After Document it becomes more radio-hit to me.

Murmur to Document R.E.M. is great to me and I love listening to it. In fact I was on a Murmur kick the past month. But after Document I like R.E.M. a lot less, even though they are still good.

Their rarities and B-sides are absolutely golden though. Dead Letter Office is awesome!


And yea, that sounded SO hipster, but whatever :lol:
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Posted 22 December 2012 - 09:09 AM

Bumping this.

Been on *another* REM kick lately (as I should considering they're one of my 3 favorite bands ever) and I realized that they may be the only band, ever, to release 10(!) straight very good to great records.

Can the Beatles even match that?

From Murmur to New Adventures in Hi-Fi they didn't have a single dud. Very impressive.


In would argue that "Up" and "Reveal" would be great records if they were any other band..My expectations were too high after Bill Berry left.
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Posted 22 December 2012 - 09:11 AM

Their older stuff is WAY better than the newer.

After Document it becomes more radio-hit to me.
Murmur to Document R.E.M. is great to me and I love listening to it. In fact I was on a Murmur kick the past month. But after Document I like R.E.M. a lot less, even though they are still good.

Their rarities and B-sides are absolutely golden though. Dead Letter Office is awesome!


And yea, that sounded SO hipster, but whatever :lol:


Just "Stand" & "Everybody Hurts" seem like pure radio friendly hits...Oh, "Shiny Happy People" too, there's just no excuse for that one.
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Posted 24 May 2013 - 09:54 PM

This is one of my 5 favorite bands ever. If you're my friend on Spotify you probably know I've been listening to these guys a ton again lately, and I think I'm ready to dub "New Adventures in Hi-Fi" my favorite album of theirs. I didn't think it was possible, but here we are. My top 5:

1) New Adventures in Hi-Fi
2) Document
3) Monster
4) Automatic for the People*
5) Murmur

*For the longest time I thought this was their best. My re-listening has changed my thoughts. Full disclosure, I change my favorite albums of bands all the time.

Once again it's changed lol.

1) New Adventures in Hi-Fi
2) Out of Time (mad props on the promotion!)
3) Murmur
4) Document
5) Monster
6) Reckoning
7) Automatic for the People
8) Green
9) Fables of the Reconstruction
10) Life's Rich Pageant

Interesting how "Automatic" keeps sinking. I doubt it goes any lower though.

There is baseball, and occasionally there are other things of note

"Now OPS sucks.  Got it."

"Making his own olive brine is peak Mackus."

"I'm too hungover to watch a loss." - McNulty

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 08:23 PM

Once again it's changed lol.

1) New Adventures in Hi-Fi
2) Out of Time (mad props on the promotion!)
3) Murmur
4) Document
5) Monster
6) Reckoning
7) Automatic for the People
8) Green
9) Fables of the Reconstruction
10) Life's Rich Pageant

Interesting how "Automatic" keeps sinking. I doubt it goes any lower though.

That is interesting...

 

I'd go:

Reckoning

Pageant

Fables

New Adventures

Document

 

Mine changes too all the time.

 

"Letter Never Sent" off of Reckoning is my current song of the moment..

 

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