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Rebel Songs, Volume 1

From Cory:

R.E.M. was one of my earliest music crushes, right along with The Cure, New Order & U2. Their debut album Murmur landed in April of 1983, only a few weeks after U2's War dropped. "Alternative" music was gaining a toe-hold in the culture, fueled of course, by MTV. R.E.M., with their vocally folksy approach, also appealed to the "college rock" scene, and helped make that the indy-cred niche for the next two decades.

Murmur and Reckoning are still my favorite r.e.m. albums, but Document - which featured The One I Love, pushed them into the mainstream. That album dropped in the fall of '87, right as I was starting college.

The song couldn't be simpler in its lyrical and musical approach, but for r.e.m. it has a certain kind of aggression that some of their earlier music didn't.

And Michael Stipe, what can you say? Slightly pretentious, overtly artsy, lyrically nebulous, and really not the world's greatest singing voice... yeah, all those things inspired me and gave me hope as I started to shift my attention away from drumming to songwriting and singing.

My first college band, The Bradys, was a rock/punk trio (get it? like the Brady Bunch brothers?). The other two players and I would all exchange instruments and duties during gigs, taking turns playing drums, bass, guitar and singing. One of my first contributions behind the mic was absolutely this song!

30+ years later, it's still the one I love. ;-)

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From Craig:

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Rebel Songs, Volume 1

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