“They made music exactly as they wanted to, and people had to travel to them. The fact that, years later, they were the most popular band in the world means not that they changed their sound to adapt to any notion of popular taste, but that they moved the mainstream from the world of REO Speedwagon to the world of R.E.M. That’s a seismic shift, and no small feat.”
I’ll be posting more later on R.E.M.’s announcement and one of the most important bands of my youth.
For now this will have to do: Radio Free Europe (live 1983 on Letterman) (thanks Zac!)