Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by KBanya, Mar 9, 2007.
I'm impressed! Excellent. Has anyone else? Comments?
Haven't heard it but I can totally imagine them doing it. What was it recorded for? That Julie Taymor movie?
I believe it's from a forthcoming benefit album (for Darfur) called (I think) Instant Karma. No idea if it's all Lennon covers or what.
FYI, Bill Berry plays drums on that track.
I'm starting to wonder whether Bill is drifting back into rejoining the band. It would be good publicity for them.
Man they choose some fantastic covers. I can't wait to hear this!!
Thanks for the info! Can't wait to hear it. You're right, Barry, their choice of covers is always great. I LOVE their version of "Tighten Up".
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You're thinking of "Revolution #9", Jose. This is "#9 Dream" from Walls and Bridges.
Oh man! That's what I get for skimming the title too fast!
Okay, #9 Dream makes much more sense as cover for REM.
I too am anxious to hear this. It is great that they brought Bill back for it.
They need Bill Berry back, at least in the studio. My idea would be for them to hire him as producer or co-producer, to reel in their more indulgent impulses.
I thought he had a stroke or something similar and quit the band for medical reasons. Good thing to hear he is ok. Or did I get the story wrong?
Even though Michael Stipe is popularly believed to hail from Athens, Georgia, he actually grew up in Collinsville, Illinois, which is essentially a St. Louis suburb. When he played at Riverport in St. Louis in the early 1990's, he mentioned during between song patter that "it's good to be back home." The St. Louis Post Dispatch had published photos of Stipe in full Rocky Horror regalia, back in his high school days attending a showing at the Varsity Theater (r.i.p.) located in the U.City Loop (a few blocks of streets in suburban St. Louis known for great record stores, bars and music venues, restaurants, theaters, used clothing stores, and "seedier" stores like tattoo parlours and head shops.)
Good to hear that Michael Stipe may have softened his views - at least about one Beatle.
In 1995 - he notoriously declared that he didn't like the Beatles... that it was all "elevator music" to him - and that REM had never been influenced one bit by them!
Music critic Jack Kroll immediately responded in Newsweek that this was patently absurd and that without the Beatles' "elevator music" - all the bands that had followed after the Fabs - including REM - would still be taking the stairs!
And Martin Lewis wrote something in the L.A. Times sarcastically defending Michael Stipe's claim to have not been influenced by the Beatles - by noting that a careful study of Stipe's work revealed this to be TRUE. Stipe was in fact far more influenced by The Monkees! (ouch!)
My guess is that Stipe was being asked about the Beatles in 1995 amidst all the hoopla about "Anthology" and decided to be a little "contrary" and anti-Beatles as a sort of punk backlash attitude against all the praise being heaped on them
Because it is ludicrous to say that the Beatles had ZERO impact on REM - even if it was second-hand via the Byrds...
An anecdote: I spoke to Mike Mills on the phone once. Nice guy. At the time, I was in law school, studying for final exams (which constitute your entire grade for the class). A friend of mine, the concert promoter's son, was hanging out backstage before the show as he was wont to do. He called me on his cellphone and gave it to Mills, who tried to get me to go to the show. He came up with some excuses I could give my law professors in case I missed any of the finals. He was very funny!
You are a bona fide COOL person.
I remember that. And Peter Buck also said that a song came on the radio once and Stipe said "wow, that's good, who is it?" Buck said..."Michael....IT'S THE BEATLES!!!!"
Is this available through any official channels yet? Does sound like a match made in heaven...
As a fairly casual fan of r.e.m., i have to admit to being somewhat surprised at the impact Berry's departure seems to have had on the group - I simply didn't realize the depth of his involvement in the creative end of things with them. It would indeed be interesting to see the impact his return might have - even if it were limited to the studio.
Berry suffered a brain aneurysm during the Monster tour, but eventually finished out the tour, and went on to do the group's next album (New Adventures in Hi-Fi - although, in all fairness, most of his contributions to that album were actually recorded during the Monster tour).
He quit the band after that album was completed, just as the group was to begin rehearsals for their next album. He basically said that being in a rock band was taking too heavily a toll on his life. The aneurysm probably played into that decision heavily, but it wasn't the immediate cause for his departure. He left the group on good terms, and has gigged with them occasionally ever since - including several shows last year, and this particular recording session, leading many to believe (and hope) he was returning to the band on a full-time basis. Alas, it looks like the group will be returning to the studio this year without him.
(FYI, according to their website, it looks like they've tapped Jacknife Lee to produce their next album.)
Their version of Wall of Death is no slouch either.
Berry began pulling away from the band as early as Document - there was an acoustic show at McCabe's Guitar Shop (in L.A.?) that provided several Document-era b-sides. It was originally billed as full R.E.M. apperance, but Berry just didn't show up. I think he was tired of the tour/studio/tour lifestyle long before the aneurysm.
Can't wait to hear this. I always loved that Lennon song (I had it playing in my head the other day!) I can see R.E.M. doing justice to this song (think of the sound they got on Reveal)
FYI, this is up on iTunes (and I believe a few other places) now.
Here is the 'Video'.
I think that Stipe was just trying to stir up some controversy, or he just got tired af being asked about comparing the band to other legends. Wasn't it around the same time that he stated that he never heard The Doors when one REM's songs (I can't remember right now which song) resembled 'Touch Me'?
I heard '#9 Dream' yesterday on WFUV. It sounded OK to me, it didn't exactly jump out on first listen.
Much like the previously mentioned 'Wall of Death' cover, this one mostly makes me want to go listen to the original...
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