Deep Dive into R.E.M.

BURBANK, CA - OCTOBER 28: R.E.M., with bass player Mike Mills (L) and singer Michael Stipe, perform on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" at the NBC Studios on October 28, 2003 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The Deep Dive:  Each week, I’m going to deep dive into one of 94.9 The Palm’s classic artists.  R.E.M., Tom Petty, and The Pretenders inspired many of our new bands.  I’ll play songs you know and some deeper cuts throughout the week.  Comment below or contact me on our app (download 94.9 The Palm and click the “Open Mic” button and send me a voice message) with favorite memories and requests.

R.E.M.:  I’m obsessed with “new music,” and the band that started that for me is R.E.M. My “desert island” Top 10 albums include their entire IRS catalog.  The first 5 records — perfection.  R.E.M. brought their love of Roger Miller, Big Star, and Aerosmith to a new level, defining Southern jangle pop.  R.E.M. left music at the top of their game.  They did not want to churn out records they weren’t proud of.  They’ve been careful to never all appear together on stage at once, even rotating during the after-party of Peter Buck’s wedding!

Stop by this week, as I revisit those first 5 albums each day on the Deep Dive, the Morning Dive, 6-10am.

–Sloane

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