RYM Rough Guide for R.E.M.
"From the depths of the buried bargain bins of Athens, Georgia, emerged a whole new thing called R.E.M. One part Peter Buck - he of the cool, jangly, bluesy, country riffs from anywhere on the music map; one part Bill Berry - he of the 'play it with a feel which is halfway between the solid soul grooves of Stax and the raucous rhythms of '60s frat rock'; one part Mike Mills - he of the Flying Burrito set of cowboy swing and cool harmonies; and one part Michael Stipe - he of the artsy, sensitive and keen phrasings of the shy outsider wanting to belong. Add a touch of serendipity, a few hundred drunken, hard won lessons around the college circuit, and, voila, you have the perfect recipe for one of the greatest group triumphs in music history and the founders of indie rock - who still remained as indelible, integral and unforced a musical force as ever. This, despite the fact that they sold millions of records the world over and people really began to embrace that otherworldly almost unintelligible sense which Michael Stipe created as his touchstone." - elayblooze
"R.E.M. was the group that got me into alternative rock. They made the term 'college rock' go into the mainstream. The first song I heard from them was "Stand" and I wasn't too impressed. But, I heard "Man on the Moon" and thought it was great. I was a big metalhead, hence the name Thrashisawesome, but R.E.M. made me change my tastes. I must thank R.E.M. for expanding my musical tastes. I know that R.E.M. had a huge influence on today's artists, like maybe Radiohead and I know they were friends with Nirvana. R.E.M. will always be one of my favorite alternative bands of all-time." - Thrashisawesome
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