Thursday, September 22, 2011

R.E.M. Calls Time

I'm sure "Losing My Religion' was the first R.E.M. song I heard. I was struck by the distinctiveness of Stipe's voice, and the mandolin (with the stunning film clip, see below.

The clip for Everybody Hurts is one of the best I've seen.

This cover version is beautiful too... So naturally I was saddened to hear Adam Spencer (on ABC Radio) say they were calling it quits. The quote, by Warner Brothers Records chairman Rob Cavallo sums it up:
They leave behind a body of work whose breadth, honesty, creativity
and power has not only inspired millions of fans around the world, but
also has influenced — and will continue to influence — generations of
songwriters and performers for years to come.
At least, they have left on their terms doesn't seem like there will be a farewell tour, I'll cherish the two concerts I saw in Sydney during 2005. R.E.M. are one of a kind, and have left a lasting legacy, not only in terms of their own songs and the influence they have been to other musicians.

So thank you again for sharing your music with us.

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