Essays Archive

29 Apr 2008

R.E.M. vs. U2, Part 3

I’ve read that, like Star Wars vs. Star Trek fans, you can never love both R.E.M. and U2; it’s either one or the other. But it’s just not true. I do love both of them. And at
27 Apr 2008

Whatever happened to the singers from ‘We Are the World’?

Yesterday, we were listening to a new CD that my wife had bought for the kids. The CD featured songs about peace, and the opening track was “We Are the World,” as sung by kids. My wife
26 Apr 2008

R.E.M. vs. U2, Part 2

Given that both R.E.M. and U2 both represented the rise of alternative rock in the 1980s, it’s surprising that their musical styles rarely, if ever crossed. U2 often sang of the political problems of the moment and