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Date: Jun 16 2008

Themes: Music, Pop Culture


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R.E.M. is truly a self-made band. They came up out of the DIY post-punk scene of the 1980s and ultimately grabbed the attention of the whole world.

They made some great music in the 90s, but no longer connected to their DIY roots, they started to slip. In recent years, R.E.M. has been getting less and less popular.

Then they decided to Accelerate. Their new album is fast and full of energy. Listen to Jason tell Marni about it.


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Jason:  Dude, have you heard the new R.E.M.?

Marni:  I have not heard the R.E.M...

Jason:  It’s fantastic.

Marni:  Is it?

Jason:  Yeah.

Marni:  I’m not surprised. I’m a fan.

Jason:  The basically just went back to being what they were before they were all that famous. Apparently they wrote all the songs pretty punk and fast and kinds low-fi, and Stipe was kind of freaked out about it, but it ended up working out.

Marni:  Is Bill Berry playing drums with them again? Probably not…

Jason:  No…

Marni:  He’s done. But I…R.E.M...totally a soft spot in my heart for R.E.M...first band I ever saw…

Jason:  What tour were they on? Like, what album?

Marni:  It was Green.

Jason:  Oh, OK.

Marni:  Yes. It was good.

Jason:  It was good?

Marni:  Yeah. It was good.

Jason:  Because they’ve had like a series of crappy albums that didn’t sell.

Marni:  Well, you know I liked Green, but then, you know, they got famous with Monster and I just haven’t listened to them since then.

Jason:  It’s kind of weird. Have you ever thought about how them and U2 are sort of the only bands to come out of that 80s underground that made it huge and stayed huge.

Marni:  And stayed huge, basically, yeah…

Jason:  I mean, Husker Du isn’t…

Marni:  They’re not huge. I love them, but not huge. Yeah, there’s really not any other band of their ilk. Didn’t finally just come out too in the last couple of years?

Jason:  Did he? I thought that was common knowledge.

Marni:  I think everybody knew, but he actually officially came out. He said something to the effect of he would have come out sooner if he had actually known that it would have been a positive thing for other kids at the time who were listening to their music…

Jason:  Oh, right! I did read that.

Marni:  ...and going through a similar struggle.

Jason:  He didn’t realize that people were depending on him.

Marni:  Exactly! And looking up to him as a role model.



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R.E.M.’s new album sounds more like the music they made when they first got together than anything else they’ve released lately. Even though original drummer Bill Berry isn’t back, it still has a lot of energy.

Marni is a big fan of R.E.M. because they were the first band she ever saw in concert. Like many people, she had stopped paying attention to them.

But R.E.M. isn’t going anywhere. They and U2 are the only bands from the underground in the ‘80s that achieved mainstream success and have held onto it.

Michael Stipe, the singer of R.E.M., is one of the most famous gay people in the world. Until recently though, he hadn’t announced publicly that he’s gay, even though many people figured as much. Since then he’s said he wishes he had made the announcement sooner since a lot of his fans were inspired to stop hiding their sexuality and to embrace who they are.

Has a star ever had an effect on your personal life or inspired you to do anything?



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katty wu

katty wu


I think that's a bit too fast, do not listen to understand, I may be the relationship between the degree of difference!

11:36 AM Jun 20 2008 |



I like losing my religion it's one of my favorite songs and it's very good.

12:11 AM Jun 20 2008 |




I don`t think gay is a dirty person! I think GOD make everyone !Give them different gifts!SO They can make different culture, different civilizations!
That is GOD wanna tell us ! Why are the beautiful adventures in our life!Because we are different!!!

02:03 PM Jun 19 2008 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of


12:16 PM Jun 17 2008 |



Dominican Republic

Cool! =D!

03:11 AM Jun 17 2008 |



Dominican Republic

Ohh.. R.E.M. were good at their moment, I love some songs of them.. Losing my Religion was a hit. And Everybody hurts, touched really…

Thumb sup for u guys! 

03:10 AM Jun 17 2008 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of


i wanna say that i really feel sorry for every body that listen to them,because a gay is lower than a dirty animal if u want to listen to a great music that is the best music& connect u to GOD send me message


02:32 PM Jun 16 2008 |




i don't listen 2 punk much but i do listen 2 punk rock.. Are they pretty similar or am i making a very novice question here?

01:19 PM Jun 16 2008 |



United States

Ya!I like everybody hurts~

09:03 AM Jun 16 2008 |


Viet Nam


08:50 AM Jun 16 2008 |

i can do IT


i think it is very cool.i like them.do it ,just do it


07:37 AM Jun 16 2008 |



Viet Nam

Everybody cries n Everybody hurts Sometimes…this song is tooooo great….

01:49 AM Jun 16 2008 |

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