kohenari:

When R.E.M. released “Out of Time” in 1991, this song became my go-to break-up song. Michael Stipe’s voice calls up all the fragility, desperation, longing, and despair that I felt as I drove aimlessly around and belted out the words on repeat.

This is my favorite song, even though every time I listen to it I’m reminded of moments of loneliness and unhappiness. It’s my favorite because it evokes those emotions, because it makes me feel.

This is how I feel today.

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hangingfire:

Judge me for it if you will, but this song and this video were a big part of who I was at sixteen: a bookish, depressed Catholic kid in a new town. All that nightmare religious imagery and Vermeer light blew my tiny mind, accompanied by that spine-chilling mandolin and Stipe’s nearly affectless vocals (so much more effective than some mass of emoting).

Reading the chapter on R.E.M. in Dorian Lynskey’s 33 Revolutions Per Minute has given me a fresher appreciation of their early work, and, well, “Shiny Happy People” aside, Out of Time will be a key part of my high school soundtrack. I admit, I had a bit of a “what, they were still alive?” reaction to the breakup news. Still, they had a good run, didn’t they?

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awordoraline:

R.E.M. - Losing My Religion

(This post has been sitting in my drafts for a few weeks just waiting for the right time to be posted. I think today is that day.)

A lot of people have very deep and meaningful connections to this song. It’s a serious song, full of emotion and that lends itself to having personal associations with it.

Mine is that episode where Brenda broke up with Dylan because she got all freaked out when she thought she had gotten knocked up.

See? Deep and Meaningful Connections.

I wonder if Michael Stipe was a big 90210 fan.

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hawksdoves:

I’ve loved R.E.M. since the first time I heard “So. Central Rain” back in the 1980’s.
My Dad used to listen to WBRU, Brown University’s radio station. They used to call it “The Cutting Edge of Rock” and it was fantastic. I was a lucky kid to be eight years old and hearing R.E.M. emerge as this thing that was all its own. They were a revolutionary band. They were so new that the first listen to any song, I hated, the second, I heard, and the third, I adored.
I read today that they broke up. It seemed a little weird, as I’d just gotten used to them being statesmen of rock music. Saying they “broke up” is bizarre. Sure, they’re not retiring, as each will continue individual projects and continue to be musicians who write and perform. But “breaking up” is something that teenagers do. This is not befitting enough an epitaph of the band. They haven’t a number to retire.
I’m at a loss. We don’t get to see bands come to a natural end, often, especially the great ones. Consider the 27 Club. Conversely, consider the Rolling Stones and Aerosmith, who have been through the tannery of fame, drugs, and rock and roll to tour endlessly so that one more generation can say, “Yeah, I saw Keith and Mick live. They still had it… ” There’s nothing wrong with it, but it is a bit more like watching a celebration of a band’s career than it is hearing the magic their known for in the first place… No coda in sight.
And here’s R.E.M. – the cutting-edgers of rock, iconoclastic and jingle-jangly guitars and loose harmonies all at once – retiring. True to themselves as they ever were, they’ve achieved as fresh and unexpected an end as they did a beginning and a middle.
Smart, yes. Thoughtful, definitely. Great music, undoubtedly. Thanks, fellas.

hawksdoves:

I’ve loved R.E.M. since the first time I heard “So. Central Rain” back in the 1980’s.

My Dad used to listen to WBRU, Brown University’s radio station. They used to call it “The Cutting Edge of Rock” and it was fantastic. I was a lucky kid to be eight years old and hearing R.E.M. emerge as this thing that was all its own. They were a revolutionary band. They were so new that the first listen to any song, I hated, the second, I heard, and the third, I adored.

I read today that they broke up. It seemed a little weird, as I’d just gotten used to them being statesmen of rock music. Saying they “broke up” is bizarre. Sure, they’re not retiring, as each will continue individual projects and continue to be musicians who write and perform. But “breaking up” is something that teenagers do. This is not befitting enough an epitaph of the band. They haven’t a number to retire.

I’m at a loss. We don’t get to see bands come to a natural end, often, especially the great ones. Consider the 27 Club. Conversely, consider the Rolling Stones and Aerosmith, who have been through the tannery of fame, drugs, and rock and roll to tour endlessly so that one more generation can say, “Yeah, I saw Keith and Mick live. They still had it… ” There’s nothing wrong with it, but it is a bit more like watching a celebration of a band’s career than it is hearing the magic their known for in the first place… No coda in sight.

And here’s R.E.M. – the cutting-edgers of rock, iconoclastic and jingle-jangly guitars and loose harmonies all at once – retiring. True to themselves as they ever were, they’ve achieved as fresh and unexpected an end as they did a beginning and a middle.

Smart, yes. Thoughtful, definitely. Great music, undoubtedly. Thanks, fellas.

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supinternets:

R.E.M. - Loosing My Religion

I love this band. They were one of my gateway drugs into music. They were one of the first bands I got into as a kid. Their lyrics are so life changing and mind altering for me.

My Dad was obsessed with them when I was growing up and he would cover “Loosing My Religion” all the time with his band. Many memories of sitting in the garage listening to my Dad sing it over and over. He’d pick me up from school sometimes in his MG controvertible and he would be blasting that song. I didn’t appreciate then how good of taste my Dad has. And as an Atheist this song hits even closer to home after all these years. After 30 years of consistently making great music they have split and I am completely bummed. They will be on an endless loop while I painting and drawing tonight. RIP R.E.M.

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