Michael Stipe remembers Vic Chesnutt (quote), Vic covered ‘Everybody Hurts’ w/ Elf Power @ REM tribute (video)
“We have lost one of our great ones.” –Michael Stipe, Dec 25, 2009
Vic Chesnutt (November 12, 1964 – December 25, 2009) was a singer-songwriter living in Athens, Georgia. He had been writing songs since he was five years old. Injured in a car accident in 1983, the paraplegic artist’s first big breakthrough to commercial success came with the release of the tribute album Sweet Relief II: Gravity of the Situation.
Around 1985, Chesnutt moved to Athens and joined the band, The La-Di-Da’s. After leaving that group he began performing solo on a regular basis at the 40 Watt Club; it was there that he was spotted by Michael Stipe of R.E.M.; Stipe produced Chesnutt’s first two albums, Little (1990) and West of Rome (1991). [Wikipedia]
R.E.M. covered Vic’s song “Sponge” for the above-mentioned Sweet Relief CD. Audio of that song, along with video of Vic and Elf Power covering “Everybody Hurts” at the REM tribute at Carnegie Hall, below…
R.E.M. – Sponge (Vic Chesnutt)
Vic Chesnutt with Elf Power – Everybody Hurts