Ben Darwish (Commotion, Ben Darwish Trio): “The One I Love” “Somehow they managed to make a great song out of about four lines of lyrics and a one-word chorus.”
Chris Lael Larson (Deelay Ceelay): “Pop Song 89” “Watching my older brother’s VHS copy of Tourfilm was a huge influence on my learning guitar and first starting bands.”
Rachel Blumberg (Norfolk & Western): “Pretty Persuasion” “Something about the melody has always stuck in my head. I love how yearning it is.”
Scott McCaughey (Minus Five, Young Fresh Fellows, R.E.M.): “My favorite R.E.M. song today is ‘All the Best.’ Seems fitting, you know?
SEE IT: More Portland musicians sound off on R.E.M. here.