History YMMV / REM

6th Aug '16 11:45:14 AM bt8257
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* ChorusOnlySong: "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)", due to the fact that it's pretty hard to understand what Stipe's saying in the verses since it's so fast.

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* ChorusOnlySong: "It's the {{the End of the World as We Know It It}} (And I Feel Fine)", mainly due to the fact that it's pretty hard to understand what Stipe's saying in the verses since it's so fast.



** "The One I Love" is an inversion: more people know the verses ("This one goes out to [[TitleDrop the one I love]]...") instead of the chorus (Michael Stipe [[IncrediblyLongNote holding the word "fire" for a whole bar]] while Mike Mills sings "Comin' down on her own now" repeatedly in the background).

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** "The One I Love" is an inversion: [[InvertedTrope inversion]]: more people know the verses ("This one goes out to [[TitleDrop the one I love]]...") instead of the chorus (Michael Stipe [[IncrediblyLongNote holding the word "fire" for a whole bar]] while Mike Mills sings "Comin' down on her own now" repeatedly in the background).



* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: During "Let Me In" live performances, the bandmembers form a closed circle and perform an acoustic version of the song as a tribute to Kurt Cobain, to whom the song is dedicated.
** "Everybody Hurts" performed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yIw46SSR9U live in Lima]].

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* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: During "Let Me In" live performances, the bandmembers band members form a closed circle and perform an acoustic version of the song as a tribute to Kurt Cobain, to whom the song is dedicated.
** "Everybody Hurts" performed [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yIw46SSR9U live in Lima]].



* EnsembleDarkhorse: Some of their less commercially successful albums have developed passionate followings nonetheless, most notably ''Monster,'' ''New Adventures in Hi-Fi,'' and ''Fables of the Reconstruction.''

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* EnsembleDarkhorse: Some of their less commercially successful albums have developed passionate followings nonetheless, most notably ''Monster,'' ''Monster'', ''New Adventures in Hi-Fi,'' Hi-Fi'', and ''Fables of the Reconstruction.''Reconstruction''.



** While their appeal varies, the first three albums without Berry (''Up'', ''Reveal'', and ''Around the Sun'') are often considered a DorkAge that was ended by ''Accelerate''.

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** While their appeal varies, the first three albums without Berry (''Up'', ''Reveal'', and ''Around the Sun'') are often considered a DorkAge that was ended by ''Accelerate''.



*** ''Automatic for the People'', although markedly different to their earlier material in many ways, has frequently been strongly-received too. Some British polls have even ranked it alongside critical favourites such as ''[[Music/{{Radiohead}} OK Computer]]'' and ''[[Music/TheBeatles Revolver]]'' in the past.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: From "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)," the lyric "Look at that low plane, fine then." Yeah...

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*** ''Automatic for the People'', although markedly different to their earlier material in many ways, has frequently been strongly-received too. Some British polls have even ranked it alongside critical favourites such as ''[[Music/{{Radiohead}} OK Computer]]'' ''Music/OKComputer'' and ''[[Music/TheBeatles Revolver]]'' ''Music/{{Revolver}}'' in the past.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: From "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)," the lyric "Look at that low plane, fine then." Yeah...
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** "Welcome To The Occupation" is deliberately written in such a manner that it can either be about an 'occupation' as in a job, or it can be about an 'occupation' as in a country in war. Both meanings imply that the people involved had hoped for better things but have no real choice in the matter. Being screwed over by the government is the main theme of ''Document''.

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** "Welcome To The to the Occupation" is deliberately written in such a manner that it can either be about an 'occupation' as in a job, or it can be about an 'occupation' as in a country in war. Both meanings imply that the people involved had hoped for better things but have no real choice in the matter. Being screwed over by the government is the main theme of ''Document''.



* HilariousInHindsight: The opening lyrics of "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)": "That's great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and [[Film/SnakesOnAPlane snakes, an aeroplane]]..." Made even funnier by the {{Mondegreen}} where people hear it as "snakes in airplanes".

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* HilariousInHindsight: The opening lyrics of "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)": "That's great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and [[Film/SnakesOnAPlane snakes, an aeroplane]]..." Made even funnier by the {{Mondegreen}} {{mondegreen}} where people hear it as "snakes in airplanes".



** Which is [[{{Irony}} ironic]], since some of the more abrasive alternative bands of the early 80s thought that the band [[PanderingToTheBase sucked from the outset]], because they maintained TrueArtIsAngsty and REM, with their relatively jangly sound, opaque lyrics and catchy songs, didn't AccentuateTheNegative enough.

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** Which is [[{{Irony}} ironic]], {{iron|y}}ic, since some of the more abrasive alternative bands of the early 80s thought that the band [[PanderingToTheBase sucked from the outset]], because they maintained TrueArtIsAngsty and REM, with their relatively jangly sound, opaque lyrics and catchy songs, didn't AccentuateTheNegative enough.
3rd Aug '16 7:13:18 AM bt8257
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** So much so that when the song [[RepurposedPopSong appeared, re-recorded, in a 1999 commercial]], some parts of their fandom were shocked that the band had supposedly sold themselves out in such a manner. The group responded with the fact that, simply, it wasn't their song to begin with, so they had no control over what was done with it.

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** So much so that when the song [[RepurposedPopSong appeared, re-recorded, in a 1999 commercial]], some parts of their fandom were shocked that the band had supposedly sold themselves out in such a manner. The group responded with the fact that, simply, by pointing out that it wasn't their song to begin with, so they had no control over what was done with it.
25th Apr '16 11:26:22 PM aye_amber
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*** ''Automatic for the People'', although markedly different to their earlier material in many ways, has frequently been strongly-received too. Some British polls have even ranked it alongside critical favourites such as ''[[{{Radiohead}} OK Computer]]'' and ''[[Music/TheBeatles Revolver]]'' in the past.

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*** ''Automatic for the People'', although markedly different to their earlier material in many ways, has frequently been strongly-received too. Some British polls have even ranked it alongside critical favourites such as ''[[{{Radiohead}} ''[[Music/{{Radiohead}} OK Computer]]'' and ''[[Music/TheBeatles Revolver]]'' in the past.
18th Apr '16 12:29:37 AM aye_amber
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** Also, "Strange" is often thought of as a song they originally performed. You'd think the fact that it's credited to a different set of writers would tip off people that it was originally performed by [[{{Wire}} another band]].

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** Also, "Strange" is often thought of as a song they originally performed. You'd think the fact that it's credited to a different set of writers would tip off people that it was originally performed by [[{{Wire}} [[Music/{{Wire}} another band]].
26th Jan '16 11:09:22 AM Premonition45
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* RewatchBonus: The music video for "Imitation of Life" is this trope, as there are dozens of different happenings going on that become more obvious when seen again.
26th Dec '15 7:23:32 PM RisefromYourGrave
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* HilariousInHindsight: The opening lyrics of "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)": "That's great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and [[Film/SnakesOnAPlane snakes, an aeroplane]]..." Made even funnier by the {{Mondegreen}} where people hear it as "snakes in airplanes".
* SignatureSong: Either "Losing My Religion" or "It's The End of The World".

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* HilariousInHindsight: The opening lyrics of "It's the End of the World As as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)": "That's great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and [[Film/SnakesOnAPlane snakes, an aeroplane]]..." Made even funnier by the {{Mondegreen}} where people hear it as "snakes in airplanes".
* SignatureSong: Either "Losing My Religion" or "It's The the End of The World".the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)".
23rd Nov '15 6:59:57 AM LaptopGuy
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* SignatureSong: Either "Losing My Religion" or "Man on the Moon".

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* SignatureSong: Either "Losing My Religion" or "Man on the Moon"."It's The End of The World".
17th Nov '15 2:34:35 PM bt8257
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* ChorusOnlySong: "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)".

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* ChorusOnlySong: "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)".Fine)", due to the fact that it's pretty hard to understand what Stipe's saying in the verses since it's so fast.



** "(Don't Go Back To) Rockville" ''almost'' qualifies, were it not for "and waste another year".
** "The One I Love" is an inversion: more people know the verses ("This one goes out to the one I love...") instead of the chorus (Michael Stipe [[IncrediblyLongNote holding the word "fire" for an entire bar]] while Mike Mills sings "Comin' down on her own now" repeatedly in the background).

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** "(Don't Go Back To) Rockville" ''almost'' qualifies, were it not for "and waste another year".
** "The One I Love" is an inversion: more people know the verses ("This one goes out to [[TitleDrop the one I love...love]]...") instead of the chorus (Michael Stipe [[IncrediblyLongNote holding the word "fire" for an entire a whole bar]] while Mike Mills sings "Comin' down on her own now" repeatedly in the background).



* {{Narm}}: "Shiny Happy People" and "Everybody Hurts".
** NarmCharm: Some think "Everybody Hurts" is cheesy, but it's basically so uplifting that it doesn't really matter.
** Some of their lyrics can be unintentionally narmy:
*** "Leaving New York" and the line "leaving was never my proud", which is intentionally wrong but still awkward.
*** In "Be Mine", Michael Stipe sings "I want to be your Easter bunny, I want to be your Christmas tree". Take it literally, imagine him decorated like a Christmas tree, and try not to laugh.
17th Nov '15 2:30:59 PM bt8257
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** So much so that when the song [[RepurposedPopSong appeared, re-recorded, in a 1999 commercial]], some parts of their fandom were shocked that the band had supposedly sold themselves out in such a manner. The group responded with the fact that, simply, it wasn't their song to begin with, so they basically had no control over what was done with it.

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** So much so that when the song [[RepurposedPopSong appeared, re-recorded, in a 1999 commercial]], some parts of their fandom were shocked that the band had supposedly sold themselves out in such a manner. The group responded with the fact that, simply, it wasn't their song to begin with, so they basically had no control over what was done with it.
2nd Nov '15 10:23:48 AM bt8257
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** "Welcome To The Occupation" is deliberately written in such a manner that it can either be about an 'occupation' as in a job, or it can be about an 'occupation' as in a country in war. Both meanings imply that the people involved had hoped for better things but have no real choice in the matter. Being screwed over by the government is the main theme of the Document album.

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** "Welcome To The Occupation" is deliberately written in such a manner that it can either be about an 'occupation' as in a job, or it can be about an 'occupation' as in a country in war. Both meanings imply that the people involved had hoped for better things but have no real choice in the matter. Being screwed over by the government is the main theme of the Document album.''Document''.
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