Michael Stipe didn't come out of the closet until 2008. I'd say that left a little room for ambiguity and speculation. Morrissey likely won't come out of the closet until he's dead and other people spill the beans.I can't agree with that. REM had a few good songs in the beginning, but compare them to the Smiths or Morrissey as a solo artist? No way. Stipe has never been sexually ambiguous, either.
I literally was just going to post that. I loved that bit from Auto. I think Moz also mentioned in the same paragraph how Stipe literally walked on stage from the back door minutes before the gig started in the same clothes he had worn all day. Love that kind of insight.one of the funniest bits in autobiography about m and stipe walking on a lovely summers day through the park before rem play a concert and mozz quips that before going onstage how he NEVER EVEN BRUSHED HIS TEETH,no wonder mozz never kissed him.
Don't know for sure but didn't Moz once said Found, Found, Found is about Michael Stipe?
Found someone in this murkiness. (Someone, at the time maybe the only one, in the musicindustry he liked?)
I remember around the time of Kill Uncle there was a much publicized friendship between the two. Seemed short lived (publically at least) and never mentioned later.
Attending college in the North Carolina in the mid to late 1980s, REM was somewhat of a local Southern college band that suddenly hit the big time, especially considering that they recorded their first albums in Winston Salem NC. One of the best concerts I ever attended was REM with 10,000 Maniacs opening at Duke's Cameron in Durham, NC in 1987 (maybe 1988).
Once they left IRS and went commercial it was over.
I witnessed some great shows in the late 80s while in college, but unfortunately never got to see the Smiths. Closest they ever played to me was in DC and I was still in high school.
I liked R.E.M. when they were really big to be honest. Stipe does try a bit too hard to be pale and interesting. Morrissey does it naturally with such flair.
Whenever I hear Losing my religion I plug my ears or turn off the radio. Can't stand the song.Agree that they changed a lot after leaving IRS but I think they still put out great songs here and there that reminded me of there older stuff. Losing my religion is still a fantastic song along with man on the moon poet imitation of life the great beyond bad day etc. I myself dream about the tour they did with the replacements opening. That would have been a thing to see. I also really enjoyed as an album the song hollow man in it, blanking on the title, as it kinda as a whole reminded me of the early period. Didn't care much for the last album
Whenever I hear Losing my religion I plug my ears or turn off the radio. Can't stand the song.