RIP REM – My favorite REM songs

So, the news today is that REM is calling it quits after 31 years as a band. Under “bands that changed my life,” I put REM in the top 3 with The Beatles and U2. I had a picture of Murmur-era REM, cut out of Rolling Stone, taped up on the wall in my bedroom when I was a pre-teen, and even when they stopped being my own little secret — when they hit big with “Losing My Religion,” there was still a special place in my musical soul for the sounds of Buck, Berry, Stipe and Mills.

Here are my favorite REM tracks, in no particular order:

“I Believe” — and you can read more about my connection to this tune here.

“Driver 8”

“The One I Love”

“Second Guessing”

“Strange Currencies”

“It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”

“Everybody Hurts”

And an oh-so-young REM doing my fave cover of theirs: Television’s ‘See No Evil’

in fact, here’s the whole show – REM in Germany, 1985 (Fables Tour)


About russellwriter

Rob Russell is a dad, husband, writer, musician, educator, comic book reader, bad solderer, pop culture junky, trivia buff and student of everything cool and uncool. His favorite records are Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde and, currently, The Best of Bobbie Gentry: The Capitol Years. His favorite comic books are Kurt Busiek's Astro City and Neil Gaiman's Sandman. His favorite literary novels are Gabrial Garcia Marquez's 100 Years of Solitude and William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. His favorite genre novels are John Scalzi's Red Shirts, M.R. Carrey's The Girl with All the Gifts, and Dan Simmons' Drood. His favorite movie is Goodfellas. His favorite hobby, besides everything, is writing about himself and his favorite things in the third person.

Posted on September 22, 2011, in Great Rockers and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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