Re: I think R.E.M. will stay done
Posted by A.h. on 8/8/2017, 10:31 pm, in reply to "Re: I think R.E.M. will stay done"
I wrote this post on another forum once about how R.E.M. is destined to fade pretty much entirely into irrelevance because their legacy is built on nothing more than musical excellence. They didn't have any tragic deaths, no trouble with the law, they weren't at the forefront of any larger cultural movement, nothing about them was ever really controversial in a way that signified any generational divide (hell, they were the ultimate "Kids and parents enjoying the same concert" band for awhile there) -- all they did was release one successful, popular album after another, until they didn't. There's no real narrative there, just a band sticking it out long enough to become superstars and then quitting. I'm sure there's probably some ugly behind-the-scenes stuff with labels or management, or some infighting or whatever, but who really gives a shit? Barring some kind of inexpicable "college rock" revival, there's nothing to keep them in the cultural conversation.
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