"If Michael Stipe was singing this instead, you would have thought it was the best REM song ever. That’s a fact."
I can only assume the writer has never heard REM. Or my irony sensor is hopeless broken from reading the AWL too often.
I've started to appreciate Michael Stipe more, now that he's a recurring gag on Colbert. I would have never said this in the 90s, when my ukulele band (yes, shut up), had an REM parody song that involved a lot of droning and playing repetitious chords.
@BadUncle Of course, the uke is nothing if not a vehicle for repetitious chords, anyway.
Decent burn, but seriously if it were "good" period REM you wouldn't be able to make out about 66% of the lyrics and it would turn into the secret anthem of your most important study hall feelings (plausibly, it is the secret anthem of your most important study hall feelings for some people as it is). Also, every other song on the album and on each adjacent album would be at least as good (I think this is where Toad the Wet Sprocket fails to measure up?). And now I have to go listen to Reckoning again.
This does make me imagine that it would be pretty funny to try to do "Walk on the Ocean" as David Berman in karaoke, though.
I saw a euro-style oval sticker on a car the other day with the initials "TTWS". I've never seen one that said "REM". So they have that.
I'm reaching back through time to hug/warmly congratulate my teenage self for having had such a grand and faultless crush on Glen Phillips in the All I Want Video. What good taste and old-soulish feelings I had. Sigh.
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