Song of the Week #7 (2018) – R.E.M.

I played ‘Accelerate’ the other week and, whilst I’ve always thought it their strongest latter period album, listening to it again has only improved my opinion of the record. From it this song has been stuck in my head ever since. I know it’s a bit unpopular in some quarters due to a passing similarity to…

Orange Crush (With Eyeliner)

There was a mini REM night on the BBC the other night. Quite why the 2 programmes (R.E.M. At The BBC and REM on Later) were tucked away after midnight is something of a mystery when you consider the lesser talents who have had full blown themed nights. But as ever with these things they…

MPT LPs of the Year – Nos 11-25

Got to call a halt at some point. There’s two or three 2011 LPs kicking around which may well prove good enough to make it into this list when I’ve had a chance to listen to them properly, but I could go on for a while. So, with apologies to Low and United Fruit at…

Diminished

I suppose if you’re not going to be first then you might as well be last. So I think that I can claim that distinction in terms of reflecting on the demise of R.E.M. The irony is that I’d been meaning to write about the band for some time, in fact well before the announcement…

Dig A Hole, Dig It Deeper, Deeper

Once upon a time, a new R.E.M. album was a cause of much anticipation around here. And perhaps surprisingly given a series of largely disappointing albums over the last decade, a sliver of that excitement still remained for their fifteenth LP ‘Collapse Into Now’ on the off chance that Stipe and co might yet still…

2010 Reissues

I can’t say that I’ve exactly spent 2010 scouring for reissues. Only 3 significant ones spring to my mind: 1. TV21 – Snakes and Ladders (Review) (Buy it) This Cherry Red compiled just about all the original official TV21 releases including, after a very long wait, the debut LP ‘A Thin Red Line’. The first…