Posted in music on January 23, 2008

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It’s not every day that you can call up your friends and say “So I was working at Babeland yesterday when Michael Stipe and the rest of R.E.M. stopped by to sing for us,” but yesterday, that was totally something I could, and did say. Yes it’s true, R.E.M., the band that feels like they may have gone bye-bye just a few years ago, is back, and if the single from last night is any indication of the future of their music, let me just say I’m hooked. It all started yesterday afternoon, when I got a call from a location scout asking if Babeland would be interested in (possibly) being part of a video shoot for R.E.M. Call me easy, but the obvious answer washell, yes!...........Basically, as part of their video shoot, R.E.M. was playing the first single off their soon-to-be released album in a number of different locations on the LES (that’s Lower East Side for you non-NY types), and the first stop was our next door neighbor, the restaurant Inoteca....[Babeland's Blog]
Billboard has more. R.E.M. are playing SXSW and Langerado

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Comments (28)

Yeah the last time this band was interesting was the opening of the Green Tour....they have pretty much sucked ever since.

Posted by Portmanteau | January 23, 2008 5:00 PM

R.E.M. shreds!

Posted by burp! | January 23, 2008 5:02 PM

Murmur, then a wimper, then irrelevant - sorry laddies

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2008 6:11 PM

Everything up to and including 'Up' had more good than bad, the last 10 years have been a bit grim though, not holding out a huge amount of optimism for the new one.

Posted by Richie | January 23, 2008 6:29 PM

Not relevant after Murmurs? Thats why the got in the Hall of Fame 1st try and sold over 80 million albums.

Posted by Craig | January 23, 2008 6:50 PM

"Not relevant since Murmur..." lulz, you probably weren't even born yet. Nice try, junior.

Posted by JD | January 23, 2008 7:15 PM

REM peaked in 1985...greatest band on earth till then...all downhill since

Posted by Kevin | January 23, 2008 7:44 PM

What's Murmurs? Is that Bush-speak or a superfan in disguise?

So Cher's sold about 180 million records - she's obviously over 2x as relevant as REM. I'm surprised you didn't throw their Grammy's in there as proof of their relevance.

Maybe I shouldn't say irrelevant, how about bad or toothless?

And I'll buy the greatest band argument until 1985 - that was Fables era - right? That's a fair point.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2008 9:09 PM

till 1990 snobs

shut up and fuck off

Posted by jim | January 23, 2008 9:14 PM

Automatic for the People is a great album.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2008 9:44 PM

I'm willing to give 'em another chance.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2008 11:34 PM

monster was the ill ass shit son

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2008 3:00 AM

Wake me up when Daft Punk tape a video on the LES.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2008 6:59 AM

"Not relevant after Murmurs? Thats why the got in the Hall of Fame 1st try and sold over 80 million albums."

Yeah, we all know that the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame is the true standard of excellence in music!

Fucktard.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2008 10:04 AM

What time does Daft Punk shoot a video in the LES?

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2008 10:16 AM

New Adventures in Hi-Fi was darn good.

Posted by dave | January 24, 2008 10:25 AM

Why don't you look up the meaning of relevance f*cktard. Why who do you think is relevant Matchbox 20?

Posted by Craig | January 24, 2008 10:39 AM

Let me rephrase that anon 10:04 am. What hipster indie band that you like will still be making music 27 years from now? Please brotha...

Posted by Craig | January 24, 2008 10:59 AM

The Vines.......brohan

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2008 11:15 AM

Life's Rich Pageant in 1986 is one of their best, and underappreciated albums... the album rocks. Definitely great into the 1990s though.

Posted by John | January 24, 2008 11:31 AM

(insert dismissive summary of an entire band's career in one boring sentence here)

Ohhhh I feel my indie cred growing. Let me disrespect R.E.M. again. Aahhhhh my indie cred dick is three inches longer.

I *am* somebody. I *am* somebody. I *am* somebody. Bring on the next band I can disrespect!

Posted by Lori | January 24, 2008 11:55 AM

because all of the commenters on here are in more relevant and more succesful bands.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2008 12:57 PM

That time of the month, huh, Lori?

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2008 1:25 PM

The only people who are on the rag here are those who don't enjoy R.E.M. or like what we like.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2008 1:49 PM

yeah, cause if REM wanted to shoot a video in your store, you'd tell them they sucked, and to fuck off? Whatever.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2008 2:25 PM

I think REM still has their best album ahead of them, but it's going to resemble climbing Everest to get there.

My REM Top 10, er make that Top 5.
1. Murmur
2. Reckoning
3. Fables
4. Life's Rich Pageant
5. Chronic Town(EP)

Posted by Darnell | January 25, 2008 10:59 AM

I think Automatic For The People was their last solid album start to finish. Some good songs on all CDs since, except for Around The Sun, which I can't even bring myself to buy used. They need this new album to be a return to form a la U2 with All That You Can't Leave Behind.

Posted by Joe | February 15, 2008 8:47 AM

agree

Posted by active | March 12, 2010 8:42 PM

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