He concedes this point. We both cheerfully dis "Shiny Happy People," a song even lead singer Michael Stipe deems "an abortion." But what we talked about most was about how important R.E.M. was for so many people way back then, about how they brought the underground up with them, paving the way for Nirvana to take over the world.So many people learned about so many books, new bands, underground movies, etc., from every R.E.M. interview.
"You can play Six Degrees of Separation from R.E.M. with half my record collection," I say. He laughs and admits the same. "I saw them live last year," I say.
"Oh god, I've been afraid to myself for years. How was it?"
"Fan-fucking-tastic," I respond. "They were as good as when I saw them in '84, even if they're moving a little slower."
He chuckles. "Yeah, well, aren't we all." —firstname.lastname@example.org