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    1) Losing My Religion
    2) It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
    3) E-Bow The Letter

    Surprised that my second song hasn't gotten any other votes. Lots of other great songs of theirs to choose from that could have made my list. Drive, Low, What's The Frequency Kenneth and Country Feedback were all close for me.

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    Aye, End of the world was close, but thought i'd got 2 already from the earlier career, couldnt have a third.

    Nightswimming was tempting too
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    Trying to work out what's their best song not to get a vote so far. Fall On Me must be there or thereabouts. Perfect Circle or At My Most Beautiful worthy of recognition too.
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    1. E-bow the letter
    2. The Great Beyond
    3. What's the frequency, Kenneth?


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    4 songs significantly ahead at the moment.

    1. Losing My Religion (18 points)
    2. Man on the Moon (15)
    3. What's the Frequency, Kenneth? (12)
    4. Drive (11)
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    Quote Originally Posted by FaaipDeOiad View Post
    1) Losing My Religion
    2) It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
    3) E-Bow The Letter

    Surprised that my second song hasn't gotten any other votes. Lots of other great songs of theirs to choose from that could have made my list. Drive, Low, What's The Frequency Kenneth and Country Feedback were all close for me.

    Offer me solutions, offer me alternatives
    And I... decline!
    Kind of regret not voting for It's the End of the world as we know it..

    Heathy how long are you allowing for picks? Great idea for a thread btw.

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    Considering this isnt a battle per se reckon each band should be allowed to run its course for discussion about the songs. Certainly would feel cheated out of interesting discourse if we had a new band every 24 hours

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    Yeah sounds good and I just re-read from the first post "At the end of an arbitrary period of my choosing".

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    Quote Originally Posted by NUFAN View Post
    Yeah sounds good and I just re-read from the first post "At the end of an arbitrary period of my choosing".
    Indeed. Still going at the moment.

    Here's a thought, the reason I started this with R.E.M was that I'd been having a discussion with the missus about their music, and she commented that I only seemed to like their more 'masculine' songs - Kenneth and Orange Crush being prime examples whilst she thought that their less masculine songs were their better ones - E-bow the letter, At my most beautiful etc.

    Now, 'masculine' and 'feminine' probably aren't the right words to use in this situation, but certainly there is a significantly different sound and feeling from something like Orange Crush from, say Everybody Hurts

    Interestingly, from the (mostly?) men that have voted on this thread, What's the Frequency, Kenneth? is right up there, whilst Everybody Hurts and At My Most Beautiful aren't seen. I'd always thought that Kenneth in particular was considered a bit unfashionable, along with the whole Monster album.

    So, is there something that appeals to the 'masculine' in a song such as Kenneth?

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    I didn't vote for What's The Frequency... myself, but it is one of Buck's bestest ever riffs. I absolutely adore Out of Time & Automatic..., but it was nice to hear him playing some proper, crunching glam-rock-ish guitar after the lashings of mandolins on those two long players.

    I'm more generally attracted to "dark" music, finding it to have more emotional ballast than "lighter" stuff, so I prefer REM in a more somber mood. They do have a talent for woozy pop as well (probably best exampled on Green with Stand, Get Up & Pop Song 89), but when it comes to happiness per se their tight grip on the plot is weakened. I think any disStipel of theirs would consider Shiny, Happy People a career nadir. Or was until the dull-as-day-old-dog-doo Around The Sun album, at any rate.

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    I always thought "Shiny Happy People" was ironic, tbh. I know Stipe has suggested otherwise since, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FaaipDeOiad View Post
    I always thought "Shiny Happy People" was ironic, tbh. I know Stipe has suggested otherwise since, though.
    Bag of jism whichever way.

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    I found it difficult to pick my three songs, could have been three of at least 30 really. Inpired me to listen to some REM again though, I haven't for a while.

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    Reckon its come to its natural end...

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    Final Scores

    1. Losing My Religion
    2. Man on the Moon
    3. Drive
    4. What's the Frequency, Kenneth?
    5. E-bow the letter
    6= Orange Crush, The One I love
    8= The Great Beyond, New Orleans Instrumental, Nightswimming
    11= Shiny Happy People, Crush With Eyeliner, Bittersweet Me
    13= Try Not to Breathe, Radio Free Europe, The Finest Worksong, Sweetness Follows, Leaving New York, Its the End of the World as we know it, I'm Gonna DJ

    I will still accept votes after this post and will update accordingly.

    Its hard to think of bands that everyone will know of, but one I'm sure everyone will know are Radiohead, so we'll try them next.

    (Updated by Mister Wright's votes)
    Last edited by HeathDavisSpeed; 01-06-2009 at 02:38 AM.

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