Tuesday, 24 July 2018

R.E.M. comedy podcast and my personal favourites

Just a quick blog to recommend the earworlf podcast R U Talkin' R.E.M. RE: ME? (available wherever you get your podcasts).

Great for fans of REM, particularly those who like comedy as well as it regularly has me laughing while I'm out walking.

I've just got up to the UP album episode but its got me thinking about my favourite REM songs and albums since they were my favourite band as a teenager in the '90s and are still among my favourites.

I've been aching over my own personal ranking of REM songs and albums but here they are as things stand:

  1. Lifes Rich Pageant (1986)
  2. Automatic for the People (1992)
  3. Murmur (1983)
  4. Chronic Town EP (1982)
  5. Reckoning (1984)
  6. Fables of the Reconstruction (1985)
  7. Green (1988)
  8. New Adventures in Hi-Fi (1996)
  9. Accelerate (2008)
  10. Out of Time (1991)
  11. Up (1998)
  12. Monster (1994)
  13. Reveal (2001)
  14. Collapse into Now (2011)
  15. Document (1987)
  16. Around the Sun (2004)   
Since there are 16 albums (well, one is an EP but I'm going to count it as its great) I thought I'd make my decisions less fraught and choose 16 songs!

(written by the band, excluding live and alternative recordings)
  1. Country Feedback
  2. Fall on Me
  3. So Central Rain
  4. Perfect circle
  5. Losing my Religion
  6. Talk About the Passion
  7. Laughing
  8. Cuyahoga
  9. The Ascent of Man
  10. We All Go Back To Where We Belong
  11. These Days
  12. Half a World Away
  13. Carnival of Sorts
  14. Sitting Still
  15. [Untitled] (from Green)
  16. Life and How to Live It
I'm sure I'll change my mind by the end of the podcasts but thought I'd throw this out there for anyone who is interested!

Other recommended podcasts:
I really like the Adam Buxton and Richard Herring podcasts but you have to like their comedy persona's (which I do).

BBC: Kermode and Mayo, In our Time

Philosophy: Philosophy Bites, New Books in Philosophy.

Not my most controversial blog but feel free to give your REM thoughts/podcast recommendations below if you want.

Monday, 2 July 2018


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