History Music / REM

9th Sep '17 11:42:08 PM hipsterelephant
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** "The Great Beyond" is one to "Man on the Moon"
8th Sep '17 8:33:56 AM BKelly95
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* ContinuityNod: "Sing for the Submarine", off ''Accelerate'', name-checks "Feeling Gravitys Pull", "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)," and ''Around the Sun'''s "Electron Blue" and "High-Speed Train".

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"Sing for the Submarine", off ''Accelerate'', name-checks "Feeling Gravitys Pull", "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)," and ''Around the Sun'''s "Electron Blue" and "High-Speed Train".Train".
** "Houston", also on ''Accelerate'', starts with the line "If the storm doesn't kill me, the government will." "Oh, My Heart", on the following album ''Collapse Into Now'', features the line "The storm didn't kill me. The government changed."
1st Aug '17 3:17:52 AM bt8257
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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.E.M. was an AlternativeRock band from Athens, Georgia, the same city from where Music/TheB52s came a few years before. They were It was 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.
13th Jul '17 5:04:35 PM bt8257
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!!! '''''Oh no, I've troped too much, I haven't troped enough''''':

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!!! ! '''''Oh no, I've troped too much, I haven't troped enough''''':
9th Jul '17 3:37:13 AM Exxolon
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* AntiLoveSong: "The One I Love". Many people take it as a straightforward love song, despite the aggressive music and such decidedly non-romantic sentiments as "A simple prop to occupy my time."

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* AntiLoveSong: "The One I Love". Many people take it as a straightforward love song, despite the aggressive music and such decidedly non-romantic sentiments as "A simple prop to occupy my time.""[[note]]If you interpret this as the song itself is the prop to occupy the singers time while he's away from his love it's more plausible.[[/note]]
4th Jul '17 1:30:07 PM bt8257
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* ''Chronic Town'' EP (1982)



* ''Collapse Into Now'' (2011)

You can now vote for your favourite R.E.M. album by heading over to the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/Sandbox/BestAlbumREM Best Album crowner]].

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* ''Collapse Into into Now'' (2011)

You can now vote for your favourite favorite R.E.M. album by heading over to the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/Sandbox/BestAlbumREM Best Album crowner]].



** ''Collapse Into Now'' gets its title drop amidst all of Stipe's mumblings in the closing track, "Blue".
** ''Around the Sun'' and ''Accelerate'' both have an actual title ''track''.

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** ''Collapse Into into Now'' gets its title drop amidst all of Stipe's mumblings in the closing track, "Blue".
** ''Around the Sun'' and ''Accelerate'' both have an actual title ''track''.{{title track}}.



** "Alligator_Aviator_Autopilot_Antimatter" from ''Collapse Into Now''.

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** "Alligator_Aviator_Autopilot_Antimatter" from ''Collapse Into into Now''.



* ColorMotif: The band was quite associated with the color yellow. ''Dead Letter Office'', ''Eponymous'', ''Green'', ''Out of Time'', ''Reveal'' and ''Collapse Into Now'' used it dominantly on the cover, and ''Automatic for the People'' had a yellow CD tray on early pressings. ''Murmur'' was even reissued with a yellow logo instead of a blue one (which was the one widely available in the UK for years). Also, the videos ''This Film Is On'', ''Tourfilm'', ''Parallel'', ''Road Movie'' used yellow dominantly often for the logo, as did the live album ''Live at the Olympia''.

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* ColorMotif: The band was quite associated with the color yellow. ''Dead Letter Office'', ''Eponymous'', ''Green'', ''Out of Time'', ''Reveal'' and ''Collapse Into into Now'' used it dominantly on the cover, and ''Automatic for the People'' had a yellow CD tray on early pressings. ''Murmur'' was even reissued with a yellow logo instead of a blue one (which was the one widely available in the UK for years). Also, the videos ''This Film Is On'', ''Tourfilm'', ''Parallel'', ''Road Movie'' used yellow dominantly often for the logo, as did the live album ''Live at the Olympia''.



* {{Corpsing}}:
** In "Voice of Harold", Stipe stifles his laughter after reading the line "J. Elmo Fagg" for [[HoYay obvious reasons]].

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{{Corpsing}}: In "Voice of Harold", Stipe stifles his laughter after reading the line "J. Elmo Fagg" for Fagg", [[HoYay for obvious reasons]].



** B-side covers released after ''Dead Letter Office'' included "First We Take Manhattan" by Music/LeonardCohen (used for both the ''I'm Your Fan'' tribute album and as a B-side to "Drive"), "Dark Globe" by Syd Barrett, and "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". The band also recorded a cover of "Number 9 Dream" for a Music/JohnLennon tribute album with Bill Berry temporarily back in the fold. The Troggs' "Love is All Around" was a B-side on 1991's "Radio Song" single, and they also played it during their appearance at MTV's Unplugged series that same year; that version thus appeared on the album taken from that session in 2014.

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** B-side covers released after ''Dead Letter Office'' included "First We Take Manhattan" by Music/LeonardCohen (used for both the ''I'm Your Fan'' tribute album and as a B-side to "Drive"), "Dark Globe" by Syd Barrett, Musc/SydBarrett, and "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". The band also recorded a cover of "Number 9 Dream" for a Music/JohnLennon tribute album with Bill Berry temporarily back in the fold. The Troggs' "Love is Is All Around" was a B-side on 1991's "Radio Song" single, and they also played it during their appearance at MTV's Unplugged series that same year; that version thus appeared on the album taken from that session in 2014.



*** ''Collapse Into Now'' hints at their impending breakup.

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*** ''Collapse Into into Now'' hints at their impending breakup.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: ''Collapse Into Now'', their last album, depicts the band on its cover ''waving''. They also refused to tour for it.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: ''Collapse Into into Now'', their last album, depicts the band on its cover ''waving''. They also refused to tour for it.



* LoudnessWar: ''Monster'', ''In Time'', ''Accelerate'', and ''Collapse Into Now'' seem to be the worst offenders. ''Monster'''s distorted mastering was rare in its time but has since become more common (sadly).

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* LoudnessWar: ''Monster'', ''In Time'', ''Accelerate'', and ''Collapse Into into Now'' seem to be the worst offenders. ''Monster'''s distorted mastering was rare in its time time, but has since sadly become much more common (sadly).nowadays.



** "Mine Smell Like Honey" from ''Collapse Into Now'' was designed to sound like an 80s REM song, and is quite reminiscent of "These Days" in structure. However, it's pretty obvious that it was recorded later due to the LoudnessWar mastering.

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** "Mine Smell Like Honey" from ''Collapse Into into Now'' was designed to sound like an 80s REM song, and is quite reminiscent of "These Days" in structure. However, it's pretty obvious that it was recorded later due to the LoudnessWar mastering.



** "Blue" from ''Collapse Into Now'' features a distorted Stipe reading a poem while Music/PattiSmith sings sporadically.

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** "Blue" from ''Collapse Into into Now'' features a distorted Stipe reading a poem while Music/PattiSmith sings sporadically.



** One of the possible alternative titles for ''Document'' was ''Last Train to [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]]'', suggested by Peter Buck, who had claimed in an interview that under UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan's presidency, America for him was beginning to feel a lot like said amusement park.

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** One of the possible alternative titles for ''Document'' was ''Last Train to [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]]'', suggested by Peter Buck, who had claimed in an interview that under during UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan's presidency, America for him was beginning to feel a lot like said amusement park.



* WordPureeTitle: The band's name doesn't stand for "Rapid Eye Movement", which is usually pronounced "REM" rather than "R-E-M". It wasn't intended to actually stand for anything - they stayed up late writing names on a blackboard and eventually started running through a dictionary, picking out words at random.

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* WordPureeTitle: The band's name doesn't stand for "Rapid Eye Movement", which is usually pronounced "REM" rather than "R-E-M". It wasn't intended meant to actually stand for anything - they stayed up late writing names on a blackboard and eventually started running through a dictionary, picking out words at random.
10th May '17 3:20:32 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 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.

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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 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," Crush", as well as a ''massive'' 1989 world tour, the band was by all accounts and appearances well on its way to rock stardom.
8th May '17 2:22:19 AM Ezclee4050
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* NeverHeardThatOneBefore: They quickly had their fill of people renaming ''Murmur'' to ''Mumble'' because of Stipe's early vocal stylings.
4th May '17 11:57:13 AM Ezclee4050
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* NoTitle: The final track on ''Green'' is untitled (Its registered title with the Library of Congress is "11", from its track number, and some of the lyrics were sent out in a fan club mailing under the title "So Awake Volunteer").
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.
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