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Friday, 23 September 2011

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Makes me feel old....
Thanks for recognizing them on TOP!
cheers,
john

Well, I don't know what it really means. I mean, does anybody think they won't get back together if and when they want to? Alternately, I'm not sure I even thought they were still together...to me they're an '80s band who had a lot of influence on a lot of people, some great albums and some solid "soundtrack of our lives" hits, and if you'd quizzed me about it I would have bet they were active well into the '90s, but I'm not sure I could have told whether they were active over the past 10 years or not.

Still, Michael Stipe is (or was at one point) a pretty serious photography collector, so I tend to think of him as "one of us."

Mike

It's not like it's the end of the world, Mike.
I feel fine.

did we miss anything?

"...to me they're an '80s band who had a lot of influence on a lot of people,"

Well, not on me -- I didn't know what it was, so thanks for explaining.

Richard

I could never forgive them for inflicting "Stand" and "Orange Crush" on the world (or perhaps I should never forgive the radio world for inflicting them on me so often), so I was never really able to appreciate their music.

"Well, not on me -- I didn't know what it was"

Richard,
I meant on a lot of other American bands of the period.

Mike

For years I've heard the rumor that the name of the band derived from the enthusiasm of one of its members for the photography of Ralph Eugene Meatyard. I tried to track this down and got close but never confirmed it.

...and didn't they use a photo of Michael Stipe (probably his high school senior portrait) with the words "They airbrushed my face" written over it as album art for "Eponymous?"

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