R.E.M. Scored Their First US Top 10 Hit With ‘THE ONE I LOVE’ 32 Years Ago…

Knockouts from the past

28 November 2019

R.E.M. scored their first Top Ten Hit in the US with single ‘THE ONE I LOVE
on 28 November 1987, 32 years ago today. It peaked at #9. A track from their
fifth album Document. Michael Stipe revealed in a 1987 interview that the song
was actually, despite the title “incredibly violent. It’s very clear that it’s about using
people over and over again
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Oops, this is not a love song…

R.E.M.: Facebook

R.E.M. Released 9th Album ‘MONSTER’ 25 Years Ago…

27 September 2019

25 years ago today, on 27 September 1994, Athens legends R.E.M. released their ninth album MONSTER. After their highly accessible and triumphant longplayers Out Of Time (1991) and Automatic For The People (1992) the band went back to their rougher and more distorted sound of earlier days. Also lyrically the songs were far more personal and more complex than before. An overall captivating, fervid and vehement accomplishment. One of their best achievements.

ROLLING STONE wrote: ” ‘Monster’ is one urgent-sounding album, and that’s as it should be; what the band has to say here is urgent, politesse be damned. Monster is concerned, in song after song, with problems of identity. It explores how important having a stable sense of one’s own identity can be and how up for grabs identities have become in our postmodern media hothouse, where it’s possible to slip on a new persona as easily as a new look and couture can mean anything from Paris fashions to body piercing to a sex change. The concept of reality itself is being called into question: Is this my life or an incredible virtual simulation?”. Full review: here. Score: 4.5

All 5 Singles/clips…

– WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY KENNETH? –

– BANG AND BLAME –

– STRANGE CURRENCIES –

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– CRUSH WITH EYELINER –

– TONGUE –

Album in full…

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‘WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY, KENNETH?’ By REM – Single Released 25 Years Ago…

Knockouts from the past

5 September 2019

Band: R.E.M.
Song: What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?
Released: 25 years ago today, on 5 September 1994
Album: Monster – the band’s ninth LP
Note: The song’s title refers to an incident in New York City in 1986,
when two then-unknown assailants attacked journalist Dan Rather,
while repeating “Kenneth, what is the frequency?”
Score: It peaked at #21 on the US Singles Chart

Here comes Kenneth…

R.E.M.: Facebook – All Singles


From their MONSTER album. Stream it on Spotify

HISTORY – 23 March 1991

23 March 2019

Finally with their seventh album OUT OF TIME Athens rockers R.E.M. scored their very
first Number One LP in the UK. It hit the top spot on 22 March 1991, 28 years ago today. Worldwide 18 million copies were sold of ‘Out Of Time‘ giving the band a massive global status. Here’s the brilliant first single off the longplayer that helped achieve the overall success of the full length…

R.E.M: Website – Facebook – All Albums

R.E.M. Released Sixth Album ‘GREEN’ 30 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

6 November 2018

Band: R.E.M.

Album: GREEN – the band’s sixth longplayer

Released: 7 November 1988 – 30 years ago

ROLLING STONE wrote: “Having made the leap from a small label, I.R.S., to a monolithic major one, Warner Bros., R.E.M. hasn’t sold out; rather, the band has taken the opportunity
to crack open the shell it’s been pecking at since it recorded its first album. On ‘Green’, R.E.M. acknowledges the outside world with a slew of musical references and some relatively pointed lyrics… ‘Green’ reveals a much wider range than previous efforts, including a playfulness that wasn’t there before… R.E.M. may be dangerously close to becoming a conventional rock & roll band, but ‘Green’ proves it’s a damn good one.”
– Full review here – Score: 3.5/5

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: R.E.M. jumped from jingle indie to jangle major without selling their souls, with ‘Green‘ containing some of their best songs ever.

Three Top Tracks: Pop Song 89 / Stand / Orange Crush

* POP SONG 89

* STAND

* ORANGE CRUSH

ALBUM in full…

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R.E.M: Website – Facebook – All Albums