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7 August 2013 – R.E.M. – Stand / Throwing Muses – Dizzy – over on Wicked Guilty Pleasures

A odd pairing of songs for this post?  Not really.  Let me explain.

In September 1989, Mark Whittier and I went to see R.E.M. at the Hartford Civic Center.  It was my first concert.  They opened the show with this song.  And a lot of people left right after.  Which I thought was odd.  It ended up being a great show.  A GREAT show.  We had a fantastic time.

There was a time I was really sick of this song.   But I don’t know why.  It’s a great pop/rock song, no matter how much airplay it got in 1989.  And it got a LOT of airplay in 1989!

Actually…. this is pretty much how I remember it.

Those who know me know I really went to see the opening act, Throwing Muses. They were, and remain to this day, my favorite band.  And they were really awesome live.  I also saw them in 1995, in Northampton, MA. And like 1989, I knew the only way to get people into a Throwing Muses song was to entice them with R.E.M.  However, I can safely say I have gotten a lot of people into this great, underrated band,  Give them a chance.  You won’t be disappointed.

(Also, Kristin Hersh and Michael Stipe did do a little duet together later…. which was a bigger hit than anything Throwing Muses ever did)

And actually…. this is pretty much how I remember it.

This post was originally posted on Wicked Guilty Pleasures, at http://sobadforyou.blogspot.com/2013/08/7-august-2013-rem-stand-throwing-muses.html. Please check it out over there!

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