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Post  misery guts on Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:07 am

A maverick four-piece from Athens, Georgia, Michael, Mike, Bill & Peter released many albums over their 30 or so year span, before finally calling it a day. They really hit pay-dirt with their 1991 LP Out of Time, and matched it with 1992's Automatic For The People. Here are a sample of their finest tunes:

Orange Crush

The One I Love

Shiny Happy People (ft Kate Pierson of the B-52's)

Try Not to Breathe (live)

The Great Beyond

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Post  misery guts on Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:04 am

R.E.M. - At the BBC / Later with Jools Holland
Back-to-back tributes to the allegedly-now-defunct band from Athens, Georgia. The former patched together performances from a varying selection of shows, whilst the latter was a one-off show with a similar intention. Both were worth watching.

R.E.M. - Perfect Square
An hour from Wiesbaden, Germany, in 2003. The usual routine of the personal and the political, ending on 'It's the End of the World as We Know it'. The 3 band members seemed to be having a good time.

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Post  misery guts on Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:26 am

Mandela Freedom Concert
From Trafalgar Square in 2001, repeated in commemoration. Acts were a mix of colour and fame, so Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Hugh Masekela managed billing above The Corrs and Dave Stewart, but below R.E.M. and Labi Siffre. Good show, mind.

R.E.M. By MTV
A lengthy career retrospective culled from interviews and other footage from MTV. From their surprisingly critically loved debut with Murmur, through to their global breakthrough with Out Of Time, and then Bill Berry's illness and exit, and ultimately their own dissolution, it was a fun and heartfelt homage, covering Stipe's political activity, friendship with Kurt Cobain, respect for Andy Kaufman, and so on. I've still got a few of their albums yet to get, and this was a good inspiration.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:48 am

Discovering: R.E.M.
They managed 15 LPs in their 31 year career, but it was the 7th, Out of Time, that really sent them global. They had style changes, production changes, and line-up changes, but they were able to part as friends, leaving a formidable legacy of influence behind them.


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Post  misery guts on Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:05 am

Remarks - The Story of R.E.M., by Tony Fletcher (1993)
One of those books that has been through many versions with updates for new material, this being one of the earlier versions, from soon after the release of Automatic for the People. This means it has great benefit for looking closely at the whole pre-Out of Time spell, which to me has often been unfamiliar (Losing My Religion was the first I'd heard of them).
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Post  misery guts on Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:20 am

Hansa Studios - By The Wall 1976-90
One of the world's greatest studios, inconveniently (at the time) situated in Berlin. David Bowie, Tony Visconti and Iggy Pop put it on the map with a run of albums made there, especially "Heroes", with its title track infamously referencing Visconti having a sneaky kiss by the Wall. This led Depeche Mode and Nick Cave to follow, and then Marillion and ultimately U2 also hit big with albums they did there. U2's Achtung Baby was the last big album done after the wall came down and Germany reunified. But the studios reopened for rock in 2007 with Supergrass, and R.E.M. also made use of the place with their last album, Collapse Into Now. A bearded Michael Stipe spoke of how he felt it was an appropriate site to use, in light of its iconic reputation.
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