Sunday Morning Coming Down

If you visit here regularly, it can’t have escaped your attention that one of my favourite bands is R.E.M.

Other than their signature jangly college rock sound, they would often drop an absolute pearler of an alt-country tune, and it’s to one of those that we’re heading this morning.

If I absolutely had to pick my favourite R.E.M. song, it’d probably be this one:

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R.E.M. – (Don’t Go Back To) Rockville

Years ago, when the band I was in at college met for rehearsals (and yes, anyone who was lucky enough to see us, unbelievable as it may seem, that was rehearsed) every so often we’d break for a few minutes, the rest of the band would sit and roll cigarettes and chat, and I would *ahem* “treat” them to a rendition of this. In the midst of writing this post, I have unleashed the old acoustic guitar and am pretty chuffed I still remember the chords to it.

With apologies to my neighbours for me singing it at 7:00 am, though. If it’s any consolation, I’d rather not have been awake at that time on a Sunday either.

More soon.

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Late Night Stargazing

A break from the Summer songs now, and here’s a tune from a band who are perhaps best known for two songs: the one from that film with Leonardo DiCaprio in it, and the one with the video of the lead singer driving a convertible through the desert.

This is neither of those.

In my book, this is one The Cardigans finest tunes from one of their finest albums, and one which certainly deserved better than only reaching Number 74 in the UK charts. No, I couldn’t believe that either. A travesty that it isn’t better known or more widely appreciated.

For this is just, well, the words “magnificent” and “gorgeous” spring to mind:

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The Cardigans – You’re The Storm

Nuff said.

More soon.