Late Night Stargazing

It’s fairly well documented round these parts that I bloody love R.E.M., but even I will concede that after Bill Berry left, there’s very little of any merit in the remaining albums they put out.

I struggle to recognise the titles on some of them. Sometimes one comes up on shuffle and whilst I recognise it as being R.E.M. – Stipe’s vocals were distinctive until the end, even if his lyrics weren’t – but I have no clue which album it might be on. At a push, I could probably name the singles from each, but I wouldn’t want to make it my specialised subject on Mastermind (I have made my peace with the fact that I will never appear as a contestant on Celebrity Mastermind).

So imagine my surprise when one such song came upon shuffle the other night, and I found myself thinking: That’s not so bad, really. Granted, it’s no Country Feedback (but what is??), but still, y’know, okay, even if that is in the context of their latter career with it’s diminishing returns?

This one:

R.E.M – Until The Day Is Done

As I say: not great, but not terrible either. Alright, I guess.

I’ve not really sold this one to you, have I?

More soon.

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2 thoughts on “Late Night Stargazing”

  1. Over the best part of a year, myself and Robster dissected every REM single ever released in the UK. It was done in chronological fashion, and it was a bit of a slog at times in the post_berry era. But we both felt that many of the songs you hear on ‘Accelerate’, including all three of its singles (none of which are ‘Until The Day Is Done’) are worth the effort. It was a belated return to form after at least 12 years of seconnd-rate stuff.

    1. I read every one of them. I always thought I was a bit of an REM buff until I encountered Robster. Accelerate was definitely the moment, post-Berry, that I felt I’d got “my” band back again. Shame it didn’t last.

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