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No doubt they did. Now they've beat them in longevity, since both bands

started out around the same time and R.E.M. has disbanded, broken up,

is kaputt.

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> {quote:title=finance wrote:}{quote}Mentioning R.E.M. in the same breath as U2 over-compliments them to some extent.

How so? Shirley you're not just thinking in terms of popularity or $$, since no one would argue that R.E.M. came anywhere near U2 in those areas.

But music fans and critics alike would agree that, as far as talent and quality song-writing are concerned, R.E.M. can more than hold their own when measured against U2.

Both bands are great, both produced original, moving, thought-provoking, music. Maybe sometimes U2 rocks a little harder than R.E.M., but the two bands are so different, there's little point in comparing them.

Now finance, we all know that how much money a band makes is not the only criteria, or even the most reliable one, when it comes to assessing how good that band is.

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Aargh, C.B., you beat me to it. I've been thinking on and off for months now, of posting that beautiful, albeit somewhat dirge-like, song by the Thompsons. I once put that song on a C.D. I made for someone. Such a sad tune, but so beautifully done.

 

First Christmas song of the season to be posted here - at least I think so. And guess what? It's baby-faced old Ron Sexsmith again, this time with his sweet and wistful Maybe This Christmas:

 

 

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If I might make another controversial statement, my favorite band out of Georgia is the B52's, not R.E.M. (I guess I must be living in my own Private Idaho).

 

Edited by: finance on Dec 15, 2011 11:30 AM

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Too many years doing the rock lobster. Since R.E.M. were more commercially

successful than the B-52s, it's obvious which band is better. Going back to the

Irish lads for a second, I can't imagine them writing a song like It's the End of

the World As We Know It, Etc. or Man on the Moon. That's one up for R.E.M.

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I assume you are joking when you say "Since R.E.M. were more commercially

successful than the B-52s, it's obvious which band is better".

 

Didn't Fiance make a similar point with another band? So the comment is just using the same insane POV back at him, right? Otherwise everyone here will have to agree The Beatles are the best band. :)

 

I for one like the B-52s more than R.E.M. but I wouldn't say the B-52s they are the better band. I love the B-52s because they cannot be taken seriously. Their music and songs are fun but the quality of their musicians don't come close to R.E.M.

 

 

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Love Linda's vocals on this (and many others of course). It is a rather

melancholic song, though not completely so.

 

I like that song by Ron Sexsmith. A simple and unadorned Christmas

tune.

 

 

 

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It's holiday season and time to spread the green. Funkadelic with

Funky Dollar Bill. The funky dollar bill has more purchasing power

than the regular old unfunky one.

 

 

 

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Yeah, I was just giving him back a slight leg-pull. I don't know how serious he

was about one band being better than another just because they are more

commercially successful.

 

I like both R.E.M. and the B-52s, but R.E.M. a little bit better. The B-52s did

do silly stuff that it's hard to imagine R.E.M. doing. The musicianship is beyond

my scope, but I'd guess that Keith and Kate are pretty good, but Fred and Cindy

might leave a little to be desired.

 

The Beatles are the best band? You won't get any argument from me. :D

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Thanks, Miss W. That's does make a difference, doesn't it? That's what

happens when you're in thrall to the KneeDeep ray from the Mothership.

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John Lennon thought that The B52's copied Yoko. But you don't like her, do you?

 

(i.e. "Give Me Something"--that's not hard, come on, come on--my personal favorite)

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Well the B-52s are somewhat like Yoko in that their live shows have an aspect of performance art instead of just music but other than that I don't see much of a connection. Kate of the B-52s is a very strong vocalist. Yoko, not so much!

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You will from me. I ALWAYS preferred the Stones.........I guess that beehive hairdos could be considered "performance art"..........The B52s were certainly a lot more fun to watch perform than the dour R.E.M.

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Well compared to Lady Gaga, yea, the B-52 live shows were tame, but they did have some crazy props to liven up their shows. They also used a lot of studio musicians since only 2 of them (Ricky Wilson in the early days before he died of AIDS), played 99% of music on their albums (yea, the albums would list others put they would just play a few notes that the producers would just loop over and over again).

 

 

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To each his or her own. From the live YT videos of R.E.M. I've seen, I don't

know if I'd say they were dour, but compared to the B-52s they didn't do a

whole lot of emoting.

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Even a non-musician like I am could see that Fred Schneider wasn't much of

a trained musician, though he did bring other things to the group. Some of the

"yelping" vocals that the B-52s occasionally did remind me somewhat of Yoko's

vocals.

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He was quite a comic on stage, though. By comparison, any comic sensibility that Yoko might have had was lost on me.

 

Edited by: finance on Dec 16, 2011 2:58 PM

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I love Fred and what he brings to the B-52s. Like I said I love them because they were fun and interesting. If I want hardcore music I listen to 50s Bebop (which I listen to most of the time and have been trying to learn to play for around 25 years).

 

But sometimes I just like to dance that mess around!

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