The World Is POLLapsing Around Our Ears: REM's "Out of Time"

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This was a real slow-grower for me but I've come to think of it as one of their best. The first three tracks are kind of skippers - I have to be in the right mood - and then it's just one solid piece after another.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Country Feedback 10
Near Wild Heaven 10
Losing My Religion 6
Me In Honey 5
Texarkana 5
Half A World Away 4
Radio Song 4
Low 2
Shiny Happy People 2
Endgame 1
Belong 0


Doctor Casino, Saturday, 11 October 2008 05:23 (ten years ago) link

And, at Pop Songs:

Matthew Perpetua: I’m doing a big one today — “Country Feedback”

marathonpacks: Whoa

Matthew Perpetua: Or wait…
is it “Country Feedbag”?

marathonpacks: I think it’s “Country Feedbag”

Matthew Perpetua: I am pretty sure that Michael Stipe wrote it about the closing of a beloved all-you-can-eat country buffet
“it’s crazy what you could’ve had — ribs, chicken, greens!”

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 11 October 2008 05:24 (ten years ago) link

"Losing My Religion" is a skipper??? I admit it's kinda hard to hear after overexposure. But I've never ever wanted to skip it. Anyhoo, this is my favorite album of theirs. I went for "Me In Honey" for the best singing of Stipe's career (his microtonal gulps in "That's a part of me" are peerless).

Kevin John Bozelka, Saturday, 11 October 2008 07:35 (ten years ago) link

between "near wild heaven" and "texarkana" for me

goole, Saturday, 11 October 2008 07:43 (ten years ago) link

re: Losing My Religion - overexposure and it's just kind of louder and clangier than the rest of the album (aside from Radio Song, which also sticks out like a sore thumb). There's an even-ness to the other cuts that brings them together for me.

"Me In Honey" is so far and away the best song on here that I really feel obliged to vote for one of the other very, very good songs, mainly "Country Feedback" or "Half A World Away" or just the chorus of "Belong."

HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooo

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 11 October 2008 07:54 (ten years ago) link

That's a pretty strong album, though I don't remember the two side-closers at all. Country Feedback wins, I think. 'Belong' seemed hilarious to me and my pals at the time for some reason - probably Stipe's reportage-vocals. With REM, you have to take your laughs where you find them

Ismael Klata, Saturday, 11 October 2008 08:32 (ten years ago) link

"Endgame" is the "yaddy dadda da da da" one. Nice, part of the fabric of the album - would be interested if someone picked it as the best!

"Me In Honey" has Kate Pierson, pregnancy theme, bouncy but anxious guitar figure, drums kick in hard for the chorus: "Left me to loooove... what it's doin' to me-e-eeee!"

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 11 October 2008 08:36 (ten years ago) link

Would really vote for "Endgame", but "Losing My Religion" is just too strong not to vote for even though it's a boring pick.

Geir Hongro, Saturday, 11 October 2008 09:30 (ten years ago) link

I checked those out xp, both very nice. Half A World Away isn't quite as good as I remembered it (a little too repetitive), but the singing is committed and passionate and I think I'll vote for it instead. The songwriting is so strong on this album, and the sound of it is great - really rich and still quite unlike anything else I've heard. I do like to slag REM off for being too earnest and clever-clever, but these are very much strengths in the context of this album

Ismael Klata, Saturday, 11 October 2008 09:47 (ten years ago) link

Near Wild Heaven

Carrie Bradshaw Layfield (The stickman from the hilarious 'xkcd' comics), Saturday, 11 October 2008 09:54 (ten years ago) link

I keep reading this thread title as "the world is prolapsing around our ears"

snoball, Saturday, 11 October 2008 09:57 (ten years ago) link

best r.e.m. album. first 3 track are great. voted "Radio Song." why? because it look interesting.

"I'ma lose my religion and go secular on you, boy" (Ioannis), Saturday, 11 October 2008 10:04 (ten years ago) link

lol best REM album bollocks. "Near Wild Heaven" by fucking miles

Poll Wall (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 11 October 2008 10:48 (ten years ago) link

it was a different time then. Bollocks is truly undeniable tho, sure.

"I'ma lose my religion and go secular on you, boy" (Ioannis), Saturday, 11 October 2008 11:01 (ten years ago) link

nice likeness. better watch them sweets tho, dude.

"I'ma lose my religion and go secular on you, boy" (Ioannis), Saturday, 11 October 2008 11:10 (ten years ago) link

mrs. vague ain't too happy about your appearance either, eh? understandable (poor girl).

"I'ma lose my religion and go secular on you, boy" (Ioannis), Saturday, 11 October 2008 11:16 (ten years ago) link

nice. (hey, i didn't know that Gina Mckee was born the same year as me. cool.)

"I'ma lose my religion and go secular on you, boy" (Ioannis), Saturday, 11 October 2008 11:21 (ten years ago) link

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Poll Wall (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 11 October 2008 11:25 (ten years ago) link

one more time...

"I'ma lose my religion and go secular on you, boy" (Ioannis), Saturday, 11 October 2008 11:28 (ten years ago) link

low low low
low low low

Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte (get bent), Saturday, 11 October 2008 15:47 (ten years ago) link

no Kate Pierson no credibility

Steve (Not Stevie) (Stevie D), Saturday, 11 October 2008 17:35 (ten years ago) link

Their worst Bill Berry-era album. Buncha great songs but way too much filler. Any R.E.M. instrumental = filler, even if it has vocals of a sort (Endgame, Belong). "Low" feels unfinished, but I like the video. "Half a World Away" is OK for a not-remotely-as-good rewrite of "You Are the Everything." Sacrilege: I've never liked "Country Feedback." (Sacrilegier: I like "Radio Song.")

Hideous Lump, Saturday, 11 October 2008 19:39 (ten years ago) link

It's hard to prefer the studio "Country Feedback" after having heard various live versions, which are usually much, much better. I like this album, but I tend to skip almost half the songs (Radio Song, Endgame, Shiny Happy People, Belong, Half a World Away, if you were wondering), which isn't the case with most of their other albums. The songs that are left are great though.

z "R" s (Z S), Saturday, 11 October 2008 19:49 (ten years ago) link

"Country Feedback" for me.

Lostandfound, Saturday, 11 October 2008 21:21 (ten years ago) link

"Me In Honey," Stipe minimalism at its most successful. Actually, "Me In Honey," "Low," and "Belong" might be the three most successful songs of this kind in their whole catalog.

It was hard not to vote for the vastly underappreciated "Shiny Happy People," but on an album with "Me In Honey" and "Belong" I can't justify putting it at the top. The other big pop numbers here -- LmR, "Near Wild Heaven," "Half a World Away," don't seem nearly as interesting as they did in the time -- they are the "Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite" and "Man in the Moon" of this record.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Sunday, 12 October 2008 18:13 (ten years ago) link

Never, ever got the hate directed at "Shiny Happy People." I was indifferent to this album for years despite loving "Low," "Me in Honey," and "Country Feedback," but returning to it at the beginning of the decade I was struck by how beautifully the strings are arranged, how warm Stipe and the band sound, and how the songs are more concrete than ever without losing their mystery. Christgau nailed it:

Hiding political tics behind faux-formalist boilerplate, pop aesthetes accused them of imposing Solidarity and Agent Orange on their musical material, but in fact such subjects signaled an other-directedness as healthy as Michael Stipe's newfound elocution. Admittedly, with this one beginning "The world is collapsing around our ears," I wondered briefly whether "Losing My Religion" was about music itself, but when Stipe says they thought about calling it Love Songs, he's not just mumbling "Dixie." Being R.E.M., they mean to capture moods or limn relationships rather than describe feelings or, God knows, incidents, and while some will find the music too pleasing, it matches the words hurt for hurt and surge for surge. The Kate Pierson cameos, the cellos, and Mark Bingham's organic string arrangements are Murmur without walls--beauty worthy of DeBarge, of the sweetest soukous, of a massed choir singing "I Want To Know What Love Is."

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Sunday, 12 October 2008 18:32 (ten years ago) link

Jawbox's cover of "Low" redeemed that song for me.

Nonetheless, I voted for "Texarkana".

☑ (Pleasant Plains), Sunday, 12 October 2008 18:42 (ten years ago) link

Near Wild Heaven

stfumato (wanko ergo sum), Sunday, 12 October 2008 19:14 (ten years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 27 October 2008 00:01 (ten years ago) link

I'm going with "Near Wild Heaven," but this is where I got off the R.E.M. bus. At this moment they irrevocably turned the corner. The sound of a band that enjoyed playing together completely vanished, replaced by the sound of utter indifference, a complete lack of tension and excitement, and absolutely everything that made them special gone forever.

I mean, for me their peak was Reckoning and their too-fast-for-the-rails live shows around that time. When touring ground down their resolve, that listlessness transferred over to their studio work in the worst way(s).

Sara Sara Sara, Monday, 27 October 2008 01:09 (ten years ago) link

wow how did I miss this poll? I've been on the road a lot lately I guess.

I absolutely love this album, have since the day it came out. I voted for "Endgame" over "Near Wild Heaven", for the gorgeous arrangement and the feel: I spend about 30% of my life feeling like this song. Is that a flugelhorn? I dare not say anything else for risk of making a fool of myself.

Euler, Monday, 27 October 2008 03:26 (ten years ago) link

these clothes don't fit us right

mookieproof, Monday, 27 October 2008 03:31 (ten years ago) link

I still think it's "Losing My Religion," although I really wouldn't mind if I never listen to it again.

daavid, Monday, 27 October 2008 05:26 (ten years ago) link

which button means the whole album is terrible?

Jack Cole (Reginald Mantle), Monday, 27 October 2008 05:41 (ten years ago) link

"Country Feedback" for how evocative the line "these clothes don't fit us right" is...

swear I wrote that without seeing mookie's post.

Mozarella sticks. Think about it. (kenan), Monday, 27 October 2008 06:41 (ten years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Tuesday, 28 October 2008 00:01 (ten years ago) link

Nice spread of results! Thanks for participating everybody.

How many people's second choice was "Belong"?

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 28 October 2008 02:22 (ten years ago) link

I would have voted for "Belong" third.

Euler, Tuesday, 28 October 2008 20:50 (ten years ago) link

two years pass...

Today is the kind of day where all I want to hear is the chorus of "Belong," over and over. Clear open blue sky, her breath, this song...Belong. OOOOoooooooOOoOooOOOOO

Doctor Casino, Friday, 1 April 2011 18:59 (eight years ago) link

Ha, "Radio Song" got lots of love, relatively speaking, and it's not just one of the worst R.E.M. songs, but one of the worst songs from a major act, ever.

This album and "Green" always surprise me when I put them on. "Document," too, to an extent. One third great, one third not, and one third songs I forgot were on there but which I'm happy to hear again once in a while.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 1 April 2011 19:34 (eight years ago) link

favourite deep cut on this is probably Texarkana

drugnet (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 1 April 2011 19:37 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

The storm it came up strong
And shook the trees
And blew away our fear

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 3 June 2012 15:42 (seven years ago) link

^ what i would've voted

balls, Sunday, 3 June 2012 18:50 (seven years ago) link

half a world away
losing my religion
near wild heaven
country feedback
texarkana
me in honey
shiny happy people
endgame
belong
radio song
low

balls, Sunday, 3 June 2012 18:54 (seven years ago) link

It would have been between 'Half A World Away' and 'Near Wild Heaven' for me. Unsure which one I would have went for.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Sunday, 3 June 2012 18:55 (seven years ago) link

Their worst Bill Berry-era album

I'm going to keep posting this bit of rongness

go down on you in a thyatrr (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 3 June 2012 20:46 (seven years ago) link

thank u for your input, there is also really excellent vocal stuff in that song

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Wednesday, 31 May 2017 18:06 (two years ago) link

The best thing I can really say about 'Me In Honey' is that it's not something truly awful, like 'Radio Song', but the rest of the album easily towers over it. Stipe delivers a neat vocal, but that's par for the course with early '90s R.E.M.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Wednesday, 31 May 2017 18:11 (two years ago) link

knowing when to stfu is a skill that can be worked on and improved over time

Roberto Spiralli, Wednesday, 31 May 2017 18:15 (two years ago) link

i know this has already been mentioned and you've already ignored it, but the kate pierson harmonies alone

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Wednesday, 31 May 2017 18:15 (two years ago) link

knowing when to stfu is a skill that can be worked on and improved over time

― Roberto Spiralli, Wednesday, May 31, 2017 6:15 PM (one minute ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Cool, and it's great to see you're making headway with this! :)

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Wednesday, 31 May 2017 18:19 (two years ago) link

i know this has already been mentioned and you've already ignored it, but the kate pierson harmonies alone

― ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Wednesday, May 31, 2017 6:15 PM (three minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I've "ignored" it (read: haven't talked about it) because I don't particularly find it worth anything more than a shrug. Yeah, it's there and I know it's there but... *shrugs*

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Wednesday, 31 May 2017 18:24 (two years ago) link

cool man good discussion

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Wednesday, 31 May 2017 18:27 (two years ago) link

'Half The World Away' and 'Country Feedback', though... fuck! Talk about two songs that would immediately make a playlist of my favourite ever R.E.M. songs with zero hesitation or doubt... Stipe's singing on both is hairs-stand-up-on-end fantastic, and there's some great chord changes and an interesting structure to the former. Then there's the perfect pop on 'Near Wild Heaven' with its sublime harmonies and vocal arrangement... 'Endgame', too, has that neat chord change and is a lovely piece of music that could easily have had lyrics, but I don't know if it would have been any better with them.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Wednesday, 31 May 2017 18:30 (two years ago) link

'Losing My Religion' and 'Shiny Happy People' I've undoubtedly heard too many times by now, but I know they're both excellent songs... the latter getting unfairly shat on by R.E.M. themselves even though it's a pop confection of the type that many can only dream of writing.

'Low' isn't a favourite, but at least it has the "you and me, we know about TIME" section ... 'Belong' and 'Texarkana' have great, full, thick meaty bass... not necessarily Mike Mills' best parts in a technical sense, but incredibly integral to those songs. 'Belong' in particular does a hell of a lot with so little, and the wordless chorus is a neat idea, if one they kinda used before on 'Orange Crush' ...

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Wednesday, 31 May 2017 18:36 (two years ago) link

I like "Shiny Happy People." It was never overplayed here and I didn't have MTV.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 31 May 2017 18:38 (two years ago) link

this is weirdly fanfic-y of me but i always thought of "low" as a r.e.m. song that kurt cobain probably liked a lot

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Wednesday, 31 May 2017 18:39 (two years ago) link

I love "Me In Honey" so much. "what about meeeeee?" It's about a pregnancy no, from a guy's point of view?

I know I'm out of the usual on here but I can take or leave "Country Feedback". Their rare dirges don't do it for me, "Drive" the exception.

droit au butt (Euler), Wednesday, 31 May 2017 18:42 (two years ago) link

Yeah, I could see Cobain liking 'Low' ... the choice of chords and the palm-muted way in which they're played.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Wednesday, 31 May 2017 18:46 (two years ago) link

"Low" as something in common with "You" and "You" was Stipe's attempt to write a song Cobain would have liked so I agree

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 31 May 2017 19:19 (two years ago) link

Ha, funnily enough when Euler posted above about "their rare dirges don't do it for me", 'You' was the first track that popped into my head... I think it's a great song, but one which took its time to grow on me. I think it would have been better served by a cleaner recording and some soaring strings (real or synthetic) on the chorus.

When it comes down to it, I don't think 'You' is too far removed from stuff like 'Oddfellows Local 151', really

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Wednesday, 31 May 2017 19:34 (two years ago) link

I was thinking more of "Camera" and "E-Bow". "You" is more a grind than a dirge (and I love it).

droit au butt (Euler), Wednesday, 31 May 2017 19:43 (two years ago) link

I revisited this LP for the first time in years when I reviewed the reissue, and I was kind of floored by how much better it was than my memories of it. I largely remembered it as a couple great songs padded with filler and outright failures. But it's so much less uneven than I remembered it being, and even the fillers and failures are pretty incredible. Such a lush, gorgeous, ambitious record. Not their best but a generous work from a band working at their peak.

Evan R, Wednesday, 31 May 2017 20:13 (two years ago) link

She's only on three songs but I can't even imagine this album without Kate Pierson

Evan R, Wednesday, 31 May 2017 20:17 (two years ago) link

i think of it as one of their most experimental records, along with new adventures

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Wednesday, 31 May 2017 20:20 (two years ago) link

yep

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 31 May 2017 20:26 (two years ago) link

Yeah, it was definitely an experimental record for them as much as it was a natural progression from Green - trying a few things out they'd never tried before, doing a few things that (at that point) were unexpected of them (working with KRS One, for example) and trying to shake things up a bit by swapping instruments and bringing more outside musicians into the sessions. Not all of the experiments work, but when it does work it's great. It was their biggest record to date and one of their oddest.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Wednesday, 31 May 2017 20:40 (two years ago) link

I still find it funny that this and Automatic For The People were their two most successful LP's worldwide and they didn't tour either of 'em.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Wednesday, 31 May 2017 20:43 (two years ago) link

i was at a french-immersion program in quebec in the summer of 91 and we pretty much listened to this and de la soul is dead every single day

we also heard jean leloup's '1990' one way or another most days, and crystal waters' 'gypsy woman' slightly less frequently

these were all good things

mookieproof, Wednesday, 31 May 2017 23:24 (two years ago) link

"belong" got robbed. michael's wordless keening, his voice cracking, is all-time

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 31 May 2017 23:42 (two years ago) link

I love so many things about "Belong," but right now I am just going to single out the bass fill before the chorus. Took me a long time to realize that it is simply a descending G major scale. Deceptively simple, slightly syncopated, tasty in the extreme.

I like that they performed "Endgame" live, on that Unplugged where Michael wears a stupid hat with snaps on the side. Someone more completist than I am will quickly correct me, but I am not aware of them doing other instrumentals live.

leprechaundriac (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 1 June 2017 03:28 (two years ago) link

They used to do "Ghost Riders in the Sky."

timellison, Thursday, 1 June 2017 04:04 (two years ago) link

I've been going through old videotapes lately. Got this one where I'm just filming from my dorm window a big evening thunderstorm, lightning and students running in from the parking lot.

Classic rock station on in the background. Final seconds of "Losing My Religion" providing the soundtrack. That was just a dream. Just a dream. Just a dream. Dream. Peter Buck's mandolin trails off.

Then it's KCMQ Q-96 followed right by ... "Enter Sandman" by Metallica.

1992 was such a different place.

pplains, Thursday, 1 June 2017 04:20 (two years ago) link

They totally did "White Tornado" live I think

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 1 June 2017 04:32 (two years ago) link

I love so many things about "Belong," but right now I am just going to single out the bass fill before the chorus. Took me a long time to realize that it is simply a descending G major scale. Deceptively simple, slightly syncopated, tasty in the extreme.

YES! That part, for me, is actually one of the hooks of the song!

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Thursday, 1 June 2017 06:53 (two years ago) link

I've been going through old videotapes lately. Got this one where I'm just filming from my dorm window a big evening thunderstorm, lightning and students running in from the parking lot.

Classic rock station on in the background. Final seconds of "Losing My Religion" providing the soundtrack. That was just a dream. Just a dream. Just a dream. Dream. Peter Buck's mandolin trails off.

Then it's KCMQ Q-96 followed right by ... "Enter Sandman" by Metallica.

1992 was such a different place.

― pplains, Thursday, June 1, 2017 5:20 AM (three hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

put that on youtube

in twelve parts (lamonti), Thursday, 1 June 2017 08:02 (two years ago) link

yeah that bass fill on belong is so great. i worked it out on keyboard at some point for a totally unfinished and shitty cover version, and ever since it's been something i'll hum to myself independently in the shower or whatever. doot-doot, dee doo doo doo, doot doot doot

﴿→ ☺ (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 1 June 2017 21:41 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

w-w-whaaat? Can't believe "Near Wild Heaven" polled this high! Worst song on the album for me.

j.o.h.n. (john. a resident of chicago.), Thursday, 25 July 2019 20:53 (three weeks ago) link

No one will ever agree like we did in 1991 that "Radio Song" was the first.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 25 July 2019 20:57 (three weeks ago) link

As a fan Mills’ vocal is affecting; I can see why others would sneer.

L'assie (Euler), Thursday, 25 July 2019 20:57 (three weeks ago) link

also whatever happened to Ismael Klata, that was a good poster

L'assie (Euler), Thursday, 25 July 2019 20:59 (three weeks ago) link

Country Feedback, Half a World Away, and LMR are the three keepers for me.

the last Berry La Croix in the work fridge (morrisp), Thursday, 25 July 2019 21:02 (three weeks ago) link

I am also surprised that NWH is that high. But Deadbeat Club is my favorite B52s song and it kind of has the same vibe so I guess I can see it now.

Just looked up where they filmed it and never realized it was at Spring Lounge in nyc.

Yerac, Thursday, 25 July 2019 21:11 (three weeks ago) link

belong was the first track that grabbed me back then, but i'm sure i ended up voting for country feedback

mookieproof, Thursday, 25 July 2019 21:21 (three weeks ago) link

I really really like "Radio Song" including the KRS-One part, don't know why I haven't mentioned that in this thread

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 25 July 2019 21:30 (three weeks ago) link

I love Near Wild Heaven. Sounds like how I imagine the Beach Boys could have sounded in 1991 if they'd all still been around and functioning.

frame casual (dog latin), Thursday, 25 July 2019 22:04 (three weeks ago) link

I like Belong too

frame casual (dog latin), Thursday, 25 July 2019 22:06 (three weeks ago) link

When I first heard this album I was still quite young and new to alternative rock music, so I didn't know much about what REM looked like. In my head I imagined Michael Stipe looked like Robin Williams. I still think of Robin Williams when I hear 'Endgame' somehow

frame casual (dog latin), Thursday, 25 July 2019 22:08 (three weeks ago) link

I also like “Radio Song” à lot, all of it, and have probably said so way too many times on this message board.

L'assie (Euler), Thursday, 25 July 2019 22:33 (three weeks ago) link

Dammit, if I had seen this thread in time I would have voted for Near Wild Heaven and thus pushed it over the top as unchallenged number one.

I never took to Radio Song. I get that they liked rap at the time and wanted to tip their hat to the genre in some way, but it makes about as much sense as Stipe turning up on a hip-hop track. It just doesn't work, and at the very least it certainly shouldn't have been the opening track. (The cascading jangly riff on the chorus is good though.)

does it look like i'm here (jon123), Friday, 26 July 2019 10:53 (three weeks ago) link

Haven't heard it in years but "Out of Time" was my first-ever cd I got (I was 11 when it came out). Strangely, it was on Top 40 radio as well as "alternative" radio programs. The same thing happened later when "Nevermind" came out. Rather than picking separate songs it's the overall production and baroque sounds/arrangements that make it a highlight of their career. I wonder what the poll results would have been with "Fretless" being an album track. I remember Buck saying it should have been on the album.

EvR, Friday, 26 July 2019 15:21 (three weeks ago) link

surprised Low polled as poorly as it did.

campreverb, Friday, 26 July 2019 20:29 (three weeks ago) link

two weeks pass...

losing my religion towers so many miles above the rest of the album that overexposure can't do it any harm. and i was so much in love with an rem fan at the time that it hurt.

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Saturday, 10 August 2019 20:19 (one week ago) link

It's crazy what you could have had if you had 5 more voters, but as it was, you were not near enough.

☮ (peace, man), Saturday, 10 August 2019 21:02 (one week ago) link

Yeah LMR is a very special track for me too, in a coming of age way. It was so ubiquitous during the summer of 91 and I still feel emotional when I listen to it (rarely though).
That said, there are other great tracks on the album.

AlXTC from Paris, Saturday, 10 August 2019 21:25 (one week ago) link

that Unplugged where Michael wears a stupid hat with snaps on the side.

1991-core... barn jacket & shorts, perched on that stool... doing those weird little hand flick motions he was into at this time... luv it

60... 90... 120 Minute IPA (morrisp), Saturday, 10 August 2019 21:40 (one week ago) link


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