The 80s Come Alive: Radio Free Europe (REM)
There was a time when REM were the kings of cool. A huge college following, the odd appearance on some guy named Letterman’s late night TV show, and a singer who no one could quite understand what he was singing. Of course, that was before $80 million major label contracts, seizure inducing duets with the gals from the B-52’s (Shiny Happy People, anyone?) and the departure of their unibrowed drummer. Regardless of what they are today, at the start of their career REM released some amazing albums and songs on the I.R.S. label. Not to say their time in the 90’s and the 00’s was a waste, since they did have some huge songs in that period. For me, I like my Stipe with hair and my Buck with a Rickenbacker.
From the British program The Tube. ‘Radio Free Europe’, circa 1983.