Friday, September 30, 2011

Five on Friday

Last week R.E.M. called it quits.  This has been one of my favorite bands for years.  I had the chance to see them in concert and they put on an awesome show.  Besides being one of my favorites the group has been one of the most influential bands in the last two decades.  As a college band they set the standard for other up and coming bands.  As a "legend" band I think they showed how to be popular and famous with class and dignity.  I'm sorry to see them go, but they went out on their own terms and as friends deciding to call it a night.

1. Everybody Hurts
Some people find this song too sentimental and sappy, but I think it was one of their most beautiful songs with some meaningful lyrics.

2. At My Most Beautiful
From their album UP which shows they were still making great music even later in the game.

3. So. Central Rain
Some old R.E.M.  Doesn't that guitar at the start make you think of the Byrds?  They look so young in this video.

4. Man On The Moon
This is when they were really popular, one of the biggest bands in the world.

5. Losing My Religion
My favorite R.E.M. song.  I just love this song.  The title refers to a saying from the south, I remember my Mom and some of her relatives using it.  When you get mad enough at someone you tell them "Don't make me lose my religion."


Jamie said...

REM is always great and I appreciate Losing My Religion. They had something to say and they said it well.

Travis Cody said...

I'm already looking forward to the R.E.M reunion tour and album in about 10 years.

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