Thursday, September 22, 2011

Listening Post: Thanks for the Memories Edition

Yesterday, after 31 years making music, R.E.M. announced that they would be "calling it a day."

It's impossible to overstate the impact that Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Bill Berry had on the indie and alt music landscape and on good pop music in general, so I'm not going to even bother trying. Suffice it to say that the band I played in back in the late 80s basically worshiped the ground these guys walked on -- with good reason. And I'm sure a lot of other college musicians felt the same way at the time.

For the record, my favorite R.E.M. album is Automatic for the People, with Sweetness Follows being my favorite song. But in high school, this was the track from the band that I truly loved -- and maybe it's best to go all the way back to the beginning anyway.

Here's Perfect Circle


J. Dack said...

It's hard to pick but I think Losing My Religion is still my favorite.

I'm glad they made it this far.

Levana said...

Gardening at Night is my vote.

Jadine said...

Drive is one of my favourites.

jrm78 said...

Too many to pick, but Talk About the Passion is a favorite.

Alzeyor said...

Favorite album, due to the time and place in my life when I first heard it: Automatic For The People

Favorite song, which still moves me like few others to this day: You Are The Everything

Perhaps their most ideal song: Fall On Me

Leigh C. said...

Got Kohoutek up at my neck of the virtual woods, which pretty much helped sustain me after the middle-of my-high-school-years move my parents made from a metropolis to a small town. Everything up to Out Of Time helped sustain me, actually.

Lisa said...

Everything on Chronic Town ep, Reckoning, and Murmur...meh to all that followed.