Never got the whole R.E.M. thing.
A lot of friends over the years, who's musical opinions I otherwise respect, have held them up as some kind of big great thing. But then again, I could say the same for Guns-n-Roses, and I don't understand that one either.
I'm sure I've mentioned this before. I got to see R.E.M. in the mid-80s at a small club. Memphis was part of the regional rounds for all the Athens bands. Quadalcanal Diary's live show blew R.E.M. out of the water.
REM has had a few turns of lyric that I've thought, 'oh, clever line there'. But nothing about their music has ever appealed to me.
I'm sure I've taken a cheap shot or two at them over the years. I really get tired of bands I feel don't live up to their press, that just get bathed in the glory of the music press beyond their merit. I don't actively hate
R.E.M., but man do they do nothing for me at all.
It's like unflavored oatmeal. I know probably millions of people swear by it, and it's real healthy stuff, but I prefer the flavored packs, Cinnamon and Spice, or Maple and Brown Sugar. R.E.M. always just sounded like plain oatmeal eatin', jangly slow pokin' Georgia honkies to me.
Sven Killer Robot Spacema wrote:...those of you who like the pansy rock of The Cure, The Smiths...
Oh no! Have Sven and I found our common ground?
Sven Killer Robot Spacema wrote: ...when I heard Nirvana I was like "Holy Shit!" This is what I've been waiting for!
Oh, I spoke too soon.
...well, we have some common non-ground, so to speak.