It's always a bit sad when a band you like breaks up.
It's even sadder when that band happens to also be your favorite one. It was announced today that Athens GA band REM would no longer be together. Those of you who know me know that I've been a bit of an REM fan boy for about 20years. They were very much the first band I discovered on my own in high school, just after the buzz had died down from their 1989 Green tour.
REM has bowed out after a little bit of a decline, Age and the departure of Drummer Bill berry took some of the wind out of their sails after their huge success of the early 1990s. No matter how critical one is of their later work, it cannot be denied that they were one of the best bands of the 1980s and very much on top of the Alt-rock wave that hit in the 1990s.
So I've stuck up first my Fave REM video, Crush with Eyeliner from the Album Monster as a tribute to my hidden skill of being able to perform "The end of the world as we know it" at Karaoke. Second, So Central rain, one of their best singles period from 1984's Reckoning. That video was actually performed live to tape, so it's a live performance as well.
You guys will be missed