This week, we were uber-bummed to hear that R.E.M., the band that put alt-rock into the mainstream, were calling it quits.
But, I suppose we can’t feel too bad about it. Thirty-one years was a pretty damn good run; most bands don’t last half that long. We can’t all be the Rolling Stones!
We can take solace in the fact that the Athens, Georgia-based group left us with a pretty solid musical legacy. Breaking out of college radio and onto the Billboard charts with their 1987 album, Document, and then blowing the lid off our perceptions of pop-rock with their #1 album from 1991, Out of Time, there is no shortage of ear candy with which we can drown our sorrows. Michael Stipe and Co. defined a generation that wasn’t cynical enough for grunge, not idealistic enough for pop, and too intelligent for hair/glam metal.
So, this week’s music vids go out to the ones we love. Enjoy!
“It’s the End of the World as We Know It” (1987)
“Losing My Religion” (1991)
“Shiny Happy People” (1991) ft. Kate Pierson
“Man On the Moon” (1992)
“What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?” (1994)
“The Great Beyond” (1999)
R.E.M. will be releasing a career retrospective album entitled Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982-2011 on November 15.