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Monday 2 November 2015

This Week's Earworm

This week's earworm is What's The Frequency, Kenneth? by R.E.M complete with some fine and appropriate punctuation and a song which has been rattling round my head for the last few days.
The first single and indeed first track from their 1994 album Monster reaching number 9 in  the UK singles chart and number 21 in the Billboard Hot 100.
Like most folk I have a few R.E.M. albums but would not really count myself as a massive fan.
Monster was probably the last one I bought at the time.Automatic For The People was always going to be a hard act to follow but it is a valiant attempt.
As part of my research I gave it a listen for the first time in ages and rather enjoyed the experience.

R.E.M. - What's The Frequency, Kenneth?

R.E.M. - Crush With Eyeliner


  1. For me, 'Monster' was REM's first mis-step, a good LP, but not as great as many of its predecessors. The follow up, 'New Adventures in Hi-Fi', was a fantastic return to form, but after that (& Bill Berry's departure) they were never the same again.

  2. Monster is probably R.E.M.'s most underrated album. I'll always have a soft spot for it. I like New Adventures too, Swede, but it's two or three tracks too long for me. I could bore the pants off you on the subject of R.E.M. so I won't go on...

  3. What's The Frequency, Kenneth is the only REM record I own. That's not going to change.

  4. Massive early fan that didn't even make it to the end of the IRS years. Murmur would probably make my all-time top 10. I couldn't have been happier when they hung it up. OK, not completely honest. U2 will make me even more ecstatic.