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Out of time: R.E.M. call it quits

It's the end of the band as we know it

Iconic rockers R.E.M. have broken up after three decades, the band announced Wednesday. (with videos)

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Sep 21, 2011, 11:58 am
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My favorite was probably Orange Crush, though the whole Green album was pretty good.

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Sep 21, 2011, 12:21 pm
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@Bret Linden
I might go with Orange Crush myself. Saw them play the TCC during the Green tour; it was an amazingly rockin’ show for a band that had up ‘til then developed an unrockin’ rep.

Also in contention: Feeling Gravity’s Pull, The One I Love, Driver 8, Turn You Inside Out, Exhuming McCarthy, and a bunch of others. Yet nothing from about the last 2 decades - probably time to wrap it up, indeed.

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Sep 21, 2011, 1:08 pm
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@Dylan Smith

You really think they’re wrapping it up, though? Bands very rarely ever truly break up…most of them just “call it quits” to lay the groundwork to build demand for their inevitable forthcoming reunion tours.

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Sep 21, 2011, 5:09 pm
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I’m sticking with the 1st R.E.M. song I ever heard: Can’t Get There from Here.

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Sep 21, 2011, 5:12 pm
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@hoytherndon
Always a good one.

@Bret Linden

I’d imagine we’ll see them again at some point. I stopped paying attention when they got all Elton John piano-ballad-ish.

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Sep 21, 2011, 6:17 pm
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So. Central Rain is my favorite, although Exhuming McCarthy comes in a close second.  My greatest memory of R.E.M. was purchasing their albums (early ones from Murmur to Green) and playing the tape over and over again trying to decipher Stipe’s lyrics with seemingly little luck.  I still look at lyrics on the internet today and don’t know if they truly match up.

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