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13th Mar '17 12:53:13 PM DavidDelony
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* TheUnintelligible: Michael Stipe was this in the band's early years; from 1981 to 1983 it was frequently impossible to tell what he was singing and, even when it was possible to tell what the words were, it was usually impossible to tell what he was singing ''about''. (In 1985, a UK pop magazine reviewing the year's releases commented "Michael Stipe's nonsense lyrics continue to puzzle the gullible.") Amusingly lampshaded by Eddie Vedder when he inducted the band into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.


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* TheUnintelligible: Michael Stipe was this in the band's early years; from 1981 to 1983 it was frequently impossible to tell what he was singing and, even when it was possible to tell what the words were, it was usually impossible to tell what he was singing ''about''. (In 1985, a UK pop magazine reviewing the year's releases commented "Michael Stipe's nonsense lyrics continue to puzzle the gullible.") Amusingly lampshaded by Eddie Vedder when he inducted the band into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
20th Feb '17 8:47:55 PM bt8257
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The band initially played with a "murky" style -- their early albums were produced so that no one instrument was more or less prominent than any of the others - but starting with ''Lifes Rich Pageant,'' Michael Stipe began enunciating his once-mumbled lyrics more clearly, and Peter Buck's guitar parts became more prominent. Shortly after this, the band, who had previously seen high levels of critical acclaim and a lot of popularity on college radio but never really had a hit, became hugely popular. ''Document'', the band's last studio album with I.R.S., contained the major hits "The One I Love" and the well-tossed word salad "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)." As the 1980s drew to a close, the band had abandoned their old home of I.R.S. Records for the new, more mainstream label of Creator/WarnerBrosRecords, with the first release on the label being 1988's ''Green''. Bolstered by the hit singles "Stand" and "Orange Crush," as well as a ''massive'' 1989 world tour, the band was by all accounts and appearances well on its way to rock stardom.

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The band initially played with a "murky" style -- their early albums were produced so that no one instrument was more or less prominent than any of the others - but starting with ''Lifes Rich Pageant,'' Michael Stipe began enunciating his once-mumbled lyrics more clearly, and Peter Buck's guitar parts became more prominent. Shortly after this, the band, who had previously seen high levels of critical acclaim and a lot of popularity on college radio but never really had a hit, became hugely popular. ''Document'', the band's last studio album with I.R.S., contained the major hits "The One I Love" and the well-tossed word salad "It's the {{the End of the World as We Know It It}} (And I Feel Fine)." Fine)". As the 1980s drew to a close, closed, the band had abandoned their old home of I.R.S. Records for the new, more mainstream label of Creator/WarnerBrosRecords, with the first release on the label being 1988's ''Green''. Bolstered by the hit singles "Stand" and "Orange Crush," as well as a ''massive'' 1989 world tour, the band was by all accounts and appearances well on its way to rock stardom.
23rd Jan '17 5:28:50 PM Xtifr
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'''R.E.M.''' was an AlternativeRock band from Athens, Georgia, the same city from where Music/TheB52s came a few years before. They were formed in 1980 when University of Georgia student Michael Stipe (vocals) met Peter Buck (guitar), who worked at a record store. They discovered that they shared a similar taste for "art-punk" acts such as Music/{{Television}}, Music/PattiSmith, and the Music/VelvetUnderground. This led them to form a band with two other U of G students, Mike Mills (bass) and Bill Berry (drums). Under the name R.E.M., the band recorded the only single ever released on Hib-Tone Records, "Radio Free Europe" b/w "Sitting Still." "Radio Free Europe's" combination of punk attitude and folk-rock guitars influenced by PowerPop (especially Music/BigStar) pretty much invented a specific form of AlternativeRock named JanglePop, and led to them being picked up by I.R.S. Records.

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'''R.R.E.M.''' was an AlternativeRock band from Athens, Georgia, the same city from where Music/TheB52s came a few years before. They were formed in 1980 when University of Georgia student Michael Stipe (vocals) met Peter Buck (guitar), who worked at a record store. They discovered that they shared a similar taste for "art-punk" acts such as Music/{{Television}}, Music/PattiSmith, and the Music/VelvetUnderground. This led them to form a band with two other U of G students, Mike Mills (bass) and Bill Berry (drums). Under the name R.E.M., the band recorded the only single ever released on Hib-Tone Records, "Radio Free Europe" b/w "Sitting Still." "Radio Free Europe's" combination of punk attitude and folk-rock guitars influenced by PowerPop (especially Music/BigStar) pretty much invented a specific form of AlternativeRock named JanglePop, and led to them being picked up by I.R.S. Records.
5th Nov '16 6:49:46 PM Green_lantern40
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* CallBack: In "Houston", Stipe sings "If the storm doesn't kill me, the government will." In the later "Oh My Heart", Stipe sings, "The storm didn't kill me. The government changed."

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* CallBack: In "Houston", Stipe sings "If the storm doesn't kill me, the government will." In One album later, in the later sequel song "Oh My Heart", Stipe sings, "The storm didn't kill me. The government changed."
5th Nov '16 6:37:12 AM orvillethird
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* CallBack: In "Houston", Stipe sings "If the storm doesn't kill me, the government will." In the later "Oh My Heart", Stipe sings, "The storm didn't kill me. The government changed."
27th Sep '16 3:11:42 PM Darkmage7280
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** Not to mention "I'll Take the Rain".
7th Sep '16 4:19:48 PM Green_lantern40
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* LyricalColdOpen:

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* LyricalColdOpen:LyricalColdOpen: Several examples.
** "Bandwagon", an outtake from ''Fables'' that eventually became the B-side to the "Cant Get There from Here" single. Later found on ''Dead Letter Office''.
7th Aug '16 12:53:22 PM Premonition45
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* Bill Berry: Drums, backing vocals (198097)

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* Bill Berry: Drums, backing vocals (198097)
(198097[[note]]occasionally returned in one-off performances.[[/note]])
6th Aug '16 2:04:13 PM Green_lantern40
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* ''The Best of R.E.M.'' best-of compilation (1991)
6th Aug '16 1:58:51 PM Green_lantern40
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[[caption-width-right:350:The classic lineup c. 1984 (L to R): Michael Stipe, Mike Mills, Peter Buck, & Bill Berry]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:The classic lineup c. 1984 (L to R): [[caption-width-right:350:"We are R.E.M. and this is what we do."[[note]]L-R: Michael Stipe, Mike Mills, Peter Buck, & Bill Berry]]
Berry.[[/note]]]]
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