Somewhere, my 12-year-old self is weeping. Michael Stipe and friends have announced that the party is over.
R.E.M. is breaking up.
From the band's site:
"To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening." R.E.M.They've been making music for 31 years together. 31! I haven't even been alive that long. I'm not really sad. What's there to be sad about, anyway? I think it was probably time. And obviously, I know best.
But seriously, you might recall my love for R.E.M. Oh, what? You haven't read the entire archive of this blog? Shame on you! Yeah. I loved—love— R.E.M. Read about that right here.
So, seeing as how I've already said too much, and I haven't said enough, let's listen to some R.E.M.!
Perhaps, at their most beautiful?
And where would I be without the Automatic for the People album?
"I want you to remember..."
Okay, let's all put on some flannel, some Doc Martens, listen to "Strange Currencies", and talk about our feelings!
"I'd be foolish not to say":
Don't worry, R.E.M.; it's never gonna be over between us.