partner bloggers and resident Musicologist recently chimed in regarding the breakup of R.E.M., I feel compelled to hold up my corner of the triumvirate. What follows is a brief history of my experience with the band:
1989 - Watched video for Stand. Outwardly dismissed it as 'weird.' Inwardly embraced it as 'awesome and weird.'
Aug. 1995 - Enrolled at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.
Sep. 1995 - Watched video for Tongue. Capitally enjoyed melodic piano, organ and slow, sensual Stipe falsetto. Vowed to listen to roommate's copy of Monster all the way through. Too stoned to remember to follow through on vow.
Oct. 1995 - Answered 'YES!' to question 'Do you like R.E.M.?' posed by amorous co-ed. Inability to unclasp brassiere incites chaos. Dropped out of Ohio University.
Jun. 2008 - Remembering fondness for Tongue, tried downloading track to iTunes. Transaction failed due to 'insufficient funds' in bank account.
Sep. 2011 - Watched video for Stand and Tongue on YouTube.
So there you have it. I feel the final chapter of this decades-long tale has yet to be written. I respect the musical tastes of my partner bloggers without reservation, except when it comes to Shaft and his curious yen for the sounds of X-mas. I may be painfully late to the party, but better late than never. So let's do this thing. I hereby announce my official Quest for R.E.M. Fanhood, to commence immediately upon posting. I have high hopes; lots of good stuff has come out of Georgia.