Thursday, September 22, 2011

Goodbye, R.E.M.

The first song I heard today was It Happened Today, which ironically takes on a whole new meaning from now on. It is extremely saddening to hear R.E.M. has decided to call it quits. I feel like a part of me has died. The band have always played by their own rules, and never once sold out (and that didn't mean leaving IRS and moving to Warner Bros). Also extremely consistent in their musical output, and my God for 30 years! How many bands can boast about that? For what it's worth, Collapse Into Now was a fitting end to a long, lustrous career. Thanks, Michael, Peter, Mike (and Bill) for the music. I guess you guys have found the secret to a happy ending after all.


- photo by Anton Corbijn