r.e.m. Archive

12 Nov 2016

10 Misheard Lyrics in Famous Songs

There’s a reason this blog is called Hooks and Harmony and not Hooks and Lyrics; my brain is full of misheard lyrics from even my favorite bands. I’ve never paid much attention to lyrics, preferring to focus
31 Mar 2016

‘At My Most Beautiful’ – R.E.M.

Why do my favorite bands always manage to anger me? It seems to happen a lot: U2, the voice of my conscience throughout the 1980s, looked and sounded more like the Village People with their dance-influenced Pop.
20 Jun 2015

A Second Listen: ‘Up,’ R.E.M.

I remember hearing “Airportman,” the first track from the 1998 R.E.M. album Up, and thinking, That’s it, they’ve lost it. Drummer Bill Berry had just quit the band, and they had steadfastly refused to replace him, opting