No Way to Recall What It Was That You Said to Me

New Music

R.E.M. – Murmur – My attempt to discover the best that the 1980’s has to offer has resulted in my rediscovery of R.E.M.  I was enormously into them when my entire music collection was on cassette tapes.  As I moved over to CDs, I never re-purchased the albums and I moved on to different (louder) genres of music. Although I’ve managed to acquire a fair amount of their music from my youngest brother (who’s becoming an R.E.M. nut himself) neither he nor I ever had this album, so when I found it on the cheap at the local used record store, I pounced.  It’s definitely recognizable as the same band, but it’s still a bit different than the early 90’s R.E.M. that I used to be so enamored with.

Random Ten Songs

Dredg – The Ornament (Live at the Fillmore)
Nine Inch Nails – The Perfect Drug (Lost Highway Soundtrack)
Foo Fighters – Ain’t It The Life (There Is Nothing Left To Lose)
Nine Inch Nails – Zero Sum (Year Zero)
Tantric – Breakdown (Tantric)
Rage Against the Machine – Take the Power Back (Rage Against the Machine)
Jane’s Addiction – Summertime Rolls (Nothing’s Shocking)
Tool – Eulogy (Ænima)
Nine Inch Nails – That’s What I Get (Pretty Hate Machine)
Nine Inch Nails – Piggy (The Downward Spiral)

The NIN quadruple! If there was a band I expected to show up 4 times in a single list, it would be NIN. They’ve released so many albums that they actually account for almost 10% of the songs on my iPod (alright, I went and actually counted – 156 songs out of 1866, or 8.3%).

Two Videos

…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Bells of Creation

They managed to release a new album without my noticing, perhaps it will make an appearance at the top of one of these posts soon.

Nine Inch Nails – Something I Can Never Have

Couldn’t resist…

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6 thoughts on “No Way to Recall What It Was That You Said to Me

  1. 1. Billy Liar — The Decemberists
    2. Too Much Too Young — The Specials
    3. Generals and Majors — XTC
    4. I Love You So Much it Hurts — Patsy Cline
    5. Mr. Pinnodmys Dilemma — The Attack
    6. Jump in the Climb — Big Black
    7. High Fashion Queen — Flying Burrito Brothers
    8. Don’t Let Me Down — The Beatles
    9. The Ways of a Woman in Love — Johnny Cash
    10. Johny Strikes Up the Band — Warren Zevon

    Bonus: I Don’t Control You — Teenage Fanclub

    Here was my take on Murmer:

    http://blog.lib.umn.edu/carls064/freealonzo/2007/09/30_best_loved_albums_murmur.html

    • Perspective is everything. I can’t help but compare to the REM I’m familiar with (“Losing My Religion”, etc.)

      I don’t know if Murmur will ever mean as much to me as it does to you, but I think a lot of that is due to the fact I’ll never be able to say “That’s mine, I remember that album and its impact.”

      Reminds me a bit of the “Citizen Kane” debate at the WGOM. But I like REM’s music and I’ll keep this one on my rotation for quite a while I’m sure.

  2. Steve Miller Band – “Rockin’ Me” Young Hearts
    Korn – “Twisted Transistor” See You On The Other Side
    Lupe Fiasco – “Dumb It Down” The Cool
    The Pogues – “A Rainy Night In SoHo” The Very Best of The Pogues
    L.T.D. – “Back In Love” Pure Funk
    Coldplay – “A Message” X&Y
    Shinedown – “Heroes” Us and Them
    Lenny Kravitz – “Can’t Get You Off My Mind” Greatest Hits
    Hinder – “Homecoming Queen” Extreme Behavior
    Fleet Foxes – “White Winter Hymnal” Fleet Foxes

    • Is this song similar to the rest of Fleet Foxes stuff? I was expecting a bit more “poppy” feel, I guess.

      Thanks for the list!

  3. 1. “Burgundy Shoes” Patty Griffin Children Running Through
    2. “Brandenburg” Beirut Gulag Orkestar
    3. “Speeding Motorcycle ” Yo La Tengo Fakebook
    4. “Marwa Blues” George Harrison Brainwashed
    5. “Un Cercle Autour Du Soleil” PJ Harvey Dance Hall At Louse Point
    6. “So You Want to Be (A Rock ‘n Roll Star)” Patti Smith Group Wave
    7. “Dancing Days” Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy
    8. “Honk if You’re Lonely” Silver Jews American Water
    9. “Sister Isabel” Frank Black & Teenage Fanclub The John Peel Sessions
    10. “The Red Telephone” Love Forever Changes
    bonus cut: “Starman” Seu Jorge The Life Aquatic – Studio Sessions

    Murmur is my favorite REM record.

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