Thursday, September 22, 2011

Farewell, R.E.M... Welcome Back, GBV!

Aren't thirtieth anniversaries supposed to be happy occasions? Well, that doesn't seem to be the case with Athens, Georgia's favorite sons, R.E.M. Yesterday, the jangly darlings of '80s college rock radio announced they'd no longer be making records automatic for the people on their official web site. Peter Buck and Michaels Stipe and Mills had this to say:
"To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening." R.E.M.
That statement is followed by parting words from each of the guys, who generally chalk their split up to being old and not having much more to say. R.E.M. will say "so long" on November 15th with a double-disc greatest hits album called Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage 1982 - 2011.

But as the old adage goes, "When the Rock & Roll gods close a door, they open a booby hatch." When Dayton, Ohio's Guided by Voices started making records in the mid-'80s, they pinched the R.E.M. sound so assuredly that they practically owed Stipe and the boys royalties. Of course, they soon developed into the beer-chugging, no-fi, pseudo-British-Invasion, indie legends that made Rock & Roll fun again in the '90s. Robert Pollard and his ever-changing line-up of cronies continued releasing amazing albums until 2004's Half Smiles of the Decomposed marked their electrifying conclusion. He then promised us GBV was no more. But a mere six years later they were back again for a mini-tour...and they were back with the line-up most fans rate as their "classic line-up." That's guitarists Tobin Sprout and Mitch Mitchell, bassist Greg Demos, and drummer Kevin Fennell. Apparently, the guys got on so well during their series of shows that they are now promising an electrifying revival. Pollard, Sprout, Mitchell, Demos, and Fennell have their first studio album since 1996's Under the Bushes, Under the Stars in the works for release New Year's Day 2012! According to, Let's Go Eat the Factory will include the following titles:

Laundry And Lasers
The Head
Doughnut For A Snowman
Hang Mr. Kite
God Loves Us
The Unsinkable Fats Domino
Who Invented The Sun
The Big Hat And Toy Show
Imperial Racehorsing
How I Met My Mother
My Europa
Chocolate Boy
The Things That Never Need
Either Nelson
Cyclone Utilities (Remember Your Birthday)
Old Bones
Go Rolling Home
The Room Taking Shape
We Won't Apologize For The Human Race
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