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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:24 AM

Why would Michael Stipe play "Losing My Religion"?

I thought this concert was supposed to be about getting back up.

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Reply Why would Michael Stipe play "Losing My Religion"? (Original post)
loyalsister Dec 2012 OP
ForgoTheConsequence Dec 2012 #1
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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:26 AM

1. Because its a good song.

And it was very gracious of him to come out in the first place. People seemed to like it.

But I guess someone has to complain about everything.

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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:27 AM

2. Why the hell not? It was a big hit

and sometimes getting mad is the precursor to getting back up.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:51 AM

9. Up until then there was a pretty natural theme

Not a self promotion. This song does not work with an audience that is not familiar with REM and\or doesn't delve into the lyrics. I have always thought of it as a song about falling out of love. The whole idea of loss is relevant, but I doubt the majority of viewers listen to REM with a sophisticated ear.
There may be far too many people who hear that single line and that wraps up the concert for them, and I would hate to see this entire concert be demonized.

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Response to loyalsister (Reply #9)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:49 AM

24. Roger Waters was singing some pretty dark shit.

I don't see the problem.

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Response to Iggo (Reply #24)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:22 PM

63. He sure was

I wondered about those, too. But, they were a little more forgettable.

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Response to loyalsister (Reply #63)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 08:19 PM

96. Mm-hmm.

Us And Them, Money, In The Flesh, Another Brick In The Wall, Comfortably Numb.

I see what you're doing. Have a nice day.

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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:34 AM

3. I get knocked down, but I get up again.

You're never going to keep me down!

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Response to Beartracks (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:42 AM

7. Pissing the night away....

Pissing the night away... I get knocked down....

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Response to WCGreen (Reply #7)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 03:04 AM

34. Urinary incontinence is not a suitable topic for a fundraising concert, either.

Gee, whiz.

Sorry, I said "Whiz".

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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:37 AM

4. It's R.E.M.'s highest charted song

n/t

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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:38 AM

5. Why wouldn't he sing it?

Believe it or not, "getting back up" doesn't require religion!

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Response to Wind Dancer (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:59 AM

12. It's all about loss

.. there's no get back up in it. The song doesn't challenge religion, but that may be what a lot of people get out of it. I don't think people who rely on religion for some kind of inner peace would appreciate the possible "it's all gone to hell I've lost everything there' no way a benevolent god would allow this to happen."
It just seems like a song that doesn't fit the theme in any sort of universal sense and it got a lot of attention.

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Response to loyalsister (Reply #12)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:19 PM

62. Religions...all of them have done huge damage in this world...

And still do, including Christianity. Look at the hatred that comes from Pat Robertson, Ann Coulter, etc.

Joseph Campbell said: You have to lose God in order to find God. I took that as meaning you have to lose your religion before you can truly know God. God lives and breaths in each of us. Religion is a distortion.

Whether anyone agrees with me or not...I think it's wrong to claim that without religion there is no God.

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Response to RichGirl (Reply #62)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:30 PM

67. I agree with almost all of what you say

However, with the caveat that I am not a Christian, from my understanding of Christ, be he real or mythical, Coulter, Robertson and their ilk are not Christians either. They are too hate-filled.

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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:39 AM

6. It's the first R.E.M. song that comes to my mind.

In fact, I'm hard pressed to name five others from that band.

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Response to cherokeeprogressive (Reply #6)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 03:02 AM

33. That's a shame.

They've got one of the most far-ranging, diverse and solid catalogs of any American rock and roll band, in my opinion.

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #33)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:40 PM

79. Exactly

Some amazing music from that band, especially their stuff from the mid-'80s.

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Response to cherokeeprogressive (Reply #6)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:13 PM

59. Exhuming McCarthy

Welcome To The Occupation, Orange Crush, King Of Birds, Stand, Night Swimming, Texarkanna......

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Response to loyalsister (Reply #59)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:16 PM

60. Exhuming McCarthy would have been even more 'off', tone-wise.

Honestly, the most appropriate Post Hurricane sounding tune I can think of, they wrote for Katrina; but it's a bit New Orleans Specific:



I suppose he could have done "Leaving New York" since it talks about New York; although everyone wants to forget that album happened.

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #60)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:24 PM

64. Of course

I was just naming more songs. I would love to hear Exhuming McCarthy at a protest, though.

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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:45 AM

8. It is a Southern Saying

Has nothing to do with actual religion. It just means "losing my mind."

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Response to treestar (Reply #8)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:30 PM

66. ^^^^ this ^^^^ *AND* it's a great song, and the concert was about entertainment and raising $$$$

Not running an esoteric theme.

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Response to treestar (Reply #8)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:47 PM

71. My mother always said it. She meant swearing, too.

She'd say something like "That was enough to make me lose my religion!" when she was frustrated about something. Or she might say it when someone was swearing up a storm. When i first heard the song i just assumed that's what he meant and it had nothing to do with giving up religion.

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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:53 AM

10. I'm glad he did. We just witnessed a bit of Rock-n-Roll history made there. eom

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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:56 AM

11. It's a great song

Haven't you ever heard it before?

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Response to amuse bouche (Reply #11)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:05 AM

13. Of course

It's about losing devotion. Falling out of love with a person, job, wanting to drop out of school....
So many people who have just been through it are now clinging to their religion as a means of dealing with loss. I get philosophical theme of that song is about having to give up on something valuable, but the buzz word "religion" is bound to make people who lean on some kind of religious faith uncomfortable. I just think that is something to be respected when people are in such dire straights.

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Response to loyalsister (Reply #13)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:26 AM

19. It was a 6 hour concert

to help those in need. A lot of people happily gave their time and talent

If anyone was offended over an R.E.M song, they have bigger problems

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Response to amuse bouche (Reply #19)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:37 AM

20. "If anyone was offended over an R.E.M song, they have bigger problems"

I suppose so. Like losing their house and livelihood? And one of the few things they feel they have left is the collection of religious myths that have gotten them through the night.

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Response to loyalsister (Reply #20)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:55 AM

25. The melodrama is obtuse

and silly, unless you're writing a bad soap. If so, good luck with that

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Response to loyalsister (Reply #20)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 03:08 AM

35. Ooof

Get over it. Are you the type that needs to be offended for everyone? No one else is complaining about this except for you.

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Response to ForgoTheConsequence (Reply #35)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:25 AM

40. Nice

I questioned the choice a performer made for reasons that I believe have merit. I get that you disagree with my reasoning, but are celebrities not to be questioned?

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Response to loyalsister (Reply #40)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:37 AM

51. You questioned the choice of the performer based on your IGNORANCE of what that title means.

It. Is. Not. About. Religion.

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Response to cleanhippie (Reply #51)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:31 PM

68. And I have never claimed it was

Do you dispute that it is open to speculation as most literature is? It's a mournful sounding song that refers to loss and insecurity that follows. Nothing about getting back up and repairing the damage.

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Response to loyalsister (Reply #20)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 07:22 AM

39. Honestly

I live in NYC and am originally from the Jersey Shore. My hometown was hit hard by the Hurricane. Most of my friends were "live tweeting" or Facebook Blogging the concert, and not one complained about REM and their song choice. There were other complaints. Kanye wasn't a big hit with my friends. But Losing My Religion is a great song by a great band, and most seemed to appreciate it.

(I acknowledge that my sampling of FB friends and Twitter followers is not a scientific study....)

Though I can name at least five other REM songs that I would have rather heard, Losing My Religion isn't a bad choice.

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Response to loyalsister (Reply #20)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:36 AM

50. Oh FFS. IT DOESNT MEAN WHAT YOU THINK IT DOES!!!!!!

IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH RELIGION!!!!!!



Fuck! I hate ignorance!

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Response to cleanhippie (Reply #50)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:19 PM

61. I do know

Do you think every singly bit of literature, poetry, novel, etc. has an exact universal interpretation? You think it doesn't have anything to do with loss? Loss of temper, conviction, love?

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Response to loyalsister (Reply #61)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:55 PM

74. bottom line is, Stipe is a New Yorker, too.

He can sing what he wants.

And as far as rock and roll people go, he's pretty hard to challenge in terms of integrity. That's why you've never seen an R.E.M. Song in say, a Levis or Burger King ad.

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Response to loyalsister (Reply #13)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:52 AM

31. Leave Mark Knopfler out of this.

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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:12 AM

14. I'll have to get back to you

I'm too busy trying to figure out why Eric Clapton played "When You're Down and Out".

But seriously, folks, have you not lost everything when you've lost your religion? And are there not Hurricane Sandy victims who have lost everything?




rocktivity

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Response to rocktivity (Reply #14)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:19 AM

15. I agree about the Clapton song

That is something people truly do experience. Relatives\friends from out of state would love to help, but.. There's something to be said for singing the blues, but in the context of recovery, I don't see it as the time.

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Response to rocktivity (Reply #14)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:21 AM

16. Losing my religion was the best thing that ever happened to me

Incredibly freeing.

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Response to OriginalGeek (Reply #16)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:23 AM

18. I have to agree

with that sentiment

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Response to rocktivity (Reply #14)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:41 AM

22. I thought the same thing

But anything from the Layla album sounds good regardless. And it's cool he went with a deep cut off of it.

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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:21 AM

17. ring ring hey Chris it is Michael Stipe I was thinking of doing a song with you

that's great I know how to play Losing My Religion acoustic. Great...

does it have to be all complicated. Is Chris Martin suppose to know REMs whole catalog. I think it's not a surprise he knows how to play a REM hit. He did a great job and the two were really good out there.

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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:39 AM

21. -1000 :(

Good music is open to multitude of interpretations. If that's your take fine, though I don't think you really get the song or REM. That is my take, but I won't try to berate you with it until you submit.

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Response to ToxMarz (Reply #21)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:03 AM

26. LOL I do get the song

Like most symbolic language it is subject to interpretation and there are some that aren't very well suited to an event that was supposed to be about rebuilding.

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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:45 AM

23. because it's a GREAT SONG

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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:42 AM

27. "Losing my religion" means to lose one's temper (not 'turning the other cheek')

Doesn't mean actually giving up one's faith.

"People who don't know common idioms get me close to losing my religion and saying what I really think."

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Response to REP (Reply #27)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:46 AM

29. That's why R.E.M. has written so many damn fine songs, because they work on different levels.

Like the line in "Little America" about "Jefferson I Think We're Lost" can be taken to mean either the author of the declaration of Independence, or their road manager who forgot to bring a map.

Also, while "losing my religion" is a common idiom to the South; I'd never heard of it until the song came out.

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #29)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:57 AM

32. I believe it's of Irish origin (could be wrong)

I'm a Mid-Westerner myself, but I'm also a word nerd.

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #29)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:28 PM

65. Jefferson Holt? Who is this Jefferson Holt of whom you speak? He has been completely removed...

from the REM narrative/history. It's like something out of the old days of the USSR...

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Response to Tom Ripley (Reply #65)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:35 PM

69. Yeah, but he's still in the video for "Can't Get There From Here"

but clearly whatever issues they had with the guy, were enough to make them want to scrub all discussion of him.

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #69)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:55 PM

72. I am honestly surprised that they have not edited him out of the video...

for the past several years, while singing "Little America" Stipe has even replaced the name "Jefferson" with "Washington" or other names.
During the 80s underground, I didn't much care for REM, but even I knew who Holt was. He was an important element in the band mythology.
I guess workplace misbehavior can have repercussions both serious and trivial.

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Response to Tom Ripley (Reply #72)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:58 PM

76. That seems to be the case, at least from the stories I've heard.

I'm old school, though- I think little america is a fine song as originally written, I dont think they need to change the words.

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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:43 AM

28. Damn, Stipe was there?

shit, I should have watched it.

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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:49 AM

30. Like any serious long time R.E.M. fan I would have preferred, oooh, "Gardening At Night"

However, we can't have everything, can we.




Look! Bill Berry!

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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 03:09 AM

36. It was a concert.

We're you offended when Billy Joel sang about taking a Catholic school girls virginity?

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Response to ForgoTheConsequence (Reply #36)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:31 AM

47. LOL

Yea right. Can you please make the connection between the celebratory tone of Only The Good Die Young and the morose mourning tone of Losing My Religion?

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Response to loyalsister (Reply #47)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:39 AM

54. Why are you ignoring the fact that it has NOTHING to do with religion.

You are on the fucking internet! Look it up before pontificating on matters you know nothing about. It makes you look foolish.

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Response to cleanhippie (Reply #54)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:41 PM

70. Can you point to where I said it had something to do with religion?

Why are you claiming that you have the absolute truth? I am more likely to hear that style of aggressive argument from people who carry bibles.
My claim is that music lyrics are subject to individual interpretation and that there are people who do make that claim and I don't resent it. It's unfortunate you believe it is foolish to be open- minded and leave people to their own beliefs because you are so entrenched in your own.

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Response to loyalsister (Reply #70)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:56 PM

83. Do you know a non-depressing REM song? "Shiny Happy People" is in a minor key, for God's sake

If you have Michael Stipe on stage, you're not going to get something peppy.

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Response to loyalsister (Reply #70)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 07:34 PM

94. .

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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 03:18 AM

37. because it's one of their most well known songs

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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 03:30 AM

38. Given that the storm was probably made worse by global warming, sure, he could have done "Cuyahoga"

Or "Fall On Me", something with an appropriately environmental subtext.

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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:28 AM

41. Folks...

"Losing My Religion" is an old Southern saying that means you're pissed.

The phrase "losing my religion" is an expression from the southern region of the United States that means losing one's temper or civility, or "being at the end of one's rope."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Losing_My_Religion

It's not about religion.

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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:34 AM

42. Losing my Religion

is a Southern saying. Michael Stipe is from Georgia. It means losing your temper or your mind. The song is about longing and obsession for someone. i.e. That's me in the corner, that's me in the spotlight, but I'm still losing my mind no matter where I am because of you.

It talks about the lengths he goes to to forget, but can't. It has absolutely NOTHING to do with religion, and everything to do with losing one's mind out of desire for someone. Tori Amos, who is from North Carolina, also did a cover of it that was phenomenal. She has such an evocative and passionate style, that I think it came through even more bluntly.

It's a great song about passion, obsession and longing. Everyone from the South has heard someone say "I'm about to lose my religion!".

Tori's version:



And a completely different version she does:

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Response to Aerows (Reply #42)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:57 PM

85. Given that context, the song can be seen as quite cathartic for people affected by the storm

Often when you've lost something dear or everything, you don't want someone giving you well-intentioned encouragement. What you want is to have someone acknowledge (and validate) just how pissed off you are over your loss...

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Response to deutsey (Reply #85)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:27 PM

90. I went through Katrina

I don't need a context to understand what the fine folks in NE are going through .

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Response to Aerows (Reply #90)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:40 PM

91. I went through Irene and Sandy with some risk to my life in both, so neither do I n/t

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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:34 AM

43. What would you have preferred he play? eom

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Response to City Lights (Reply #43)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:33 AM

48. King Of Birds?

"A main idea to call my own"... writing a new chapter.

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Response to loyalsister (Reply #48)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:08 PM

58. According to Kipp Teague, arguably a more definitive source for R.E.M. lyrics than the band itself

It's "mean idea" throughout the entire song, which is how I've always heard it as well;

http://www.retroweb.com/rem/lyrics/song_KingOfBirds.html

Nevertheless, great tune. Love this version:

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Response to City Lights (Reply #43)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:48 AM

55. South Central Rain

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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:40 AM

44. Good grief. nt.

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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:45 AM

45. Shiny Happy People would have been much better


Okey-dokey, I'm being sarcastic.

I don't see the problem with Losing My Religion. We're all prone to losing our minds, faith, and ourselves in stressful times.

Loss is a terrible thing for us mere humans to have the capacity to deal with sometimes.




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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:21 AM

46. Timeless song

Excellent choice, kudos to all who performed.



oh no, I've said too much....





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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:34 AM

49. Do you even know what the term "Losing My Religion" means?

It's an old Southern term, and it doesn't mean what you think it does.

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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:38 AM

52. Why not?

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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:38 AM

53. Probably should have played "It's the End of the World as We Know It" instead...

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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:48 AM

56. If you want to go down this road, Jumping Jack Flash is even more questionable

But it was a benefit concert. There was no underlying theme beyond "Pop musicians perform their biggest hits" to entertain people and raise money for a good cause.

Besides, Michael Stipe has always gone out of his way to write lyrics that are very open to interpretation, so claiming that the theme is inappropriate is weird to me, since everybody takes a different meaning from it.

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Response to cemaphonic (Reply #56)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:55 PM

73. Thank you!

I asked a question and that was my point. Songs are subject to interpretation, and there is little doubt that loss in some form is part of that song. I questioned the idea of playing a song that has a mournful tone about loss without the get back up element.

Bruce Springsteen started with "My City Of Ruins" that ends with a chorus shout and call back - "rise up." I don't particularly like religious imagery. There's lots in Land Of Hope And Dreams. But I have found it forgivable in his newest songs, because of the universal tone of the entire songs. I think it might appeal to other people in a way that is meaningful.

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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:59 AM

57. He said he and Chris Martin wanted to do a well-known song.

Plus, "losing my religion" means losing your composure.

Plus, even if it meant losing your actual religion that would not be a bad thing.

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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:57 PM

75. The concert was about raising money. People expect hit songs from these artists.

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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:18 PM

77. Speaking as a songwriter and performer

I can say this: if you aren't the artist or aren't on intimate terms with the artist, you probably don't know fuck-all about their material, and like Tipper Gore, look pretty silly when you criticize them.

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Response to riqster (Reply #77)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:34 PM

78. i don't agree with the o.p., but this goes a rather too far.

an artist's audience certainly has every right, and is usually encouraged, to critique and comment and interpret and share their perspective on that artist's works.

and at some point, if the artist has to explain what the work is about, it's reflects poorly on their ability to express themselves through their creations. i don't think that applies in this case, but i don't think you can really defend a view that only the artist and their intimates can reasonably comment on their material.

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Response to unblock (Reply #78)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:27 PM

93. Let me clarify

The OP was assuming that Mr. Stipe made an inappropriate choice: this assumption was based on the OP's projection of his own interpretation of the song onto the artist.

That projection lies at the root of the post, and is what I attempted to address ( obviously not very well).

Once we do a song, it becomes a living breathing piece of shared consciousness, and I love it when people tell me what a song means to them. I don't appreciate it when they think themselves telepathic and tell me what I meant by it.

If people are going to make assumptions at all, I suggest people consider that the artist is clearly a caring, giving, compassionate man ( as evidenced by his participation in the concert) and so he probably had good intentions with the song choice.

But it would be even better to just appreciate the contribution of the singer to a very worthy cause and leave it at that.

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Response to riqster (Reply #77)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:44 PM

80. Please

If someone is going to put literature (song lyrics included) out for public consumption it is usually a given that they will accept the likelihood that there will be alternate interpretations and unexpected responses. Assuming the artist is mature enough to understand that they do not own of truth of every single word they have ever written or said.
For someone who is a devout believer the single line "losing my religion" out of context may be interpreted much differently from the intention.
It is ridiculous for someone to not acknowledge that there are working brains that either may not fully appreciate the original intention of the author, or they may have their own thoughts on it based on their personal experience. I think that people who are living through a tragedy might take it out of context and find it painful.

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Response to riqster (Reply #77)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:52 PM

81. Actually, true art is interpreted by the viewer or listener.

A good artist will tell you that his/her work will mean different things to different people depending on the baggage people bring with them when they view or listen to it.

A perfect example of this was a thread last night where a poster claimed Roger Waters "hates rich people" because of the song "Money".
Obviously the poster brought some "rich persons baggage" with him when listening, because nowhere in the song does he talk about "hating" money or rich people. I come to the song with "poor persons baggage" and I interpret the song to mean that being rich doesn't make you a better or worse person, and you'll get by just fine if you "get a good job with full pay"...

You get out of it what you bring into it when it comes to art...

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Response to riqster (Reply #77)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:10 PM

87. I have always believed there are three elements to any work of art: conception, execution, reception

the artist has little control over the third

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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:55 PM

82. As has been pointed out, it's just a southern saying. Stipe was surprised people took it...

... to be about literally losing religion. It's just something grandmothers say. It means "I'm frustrated".

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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:57 PM

84. I did not even notice a theme for the night.

The purpose of the evening was to raise a ton of money for victims so they probably went with the most familiar and in demand. According to Billboard, before the music even started they supposedly had $36 mil. I'll be interested to learn the final amount and how it is distributed.

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Response to badhair77 (Reply #84)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:40 PM

92. Who says you can't go home?

Death To My Hometown, Wrecking Ball, My City of Ruins, Land Of Hope And Dreams. NY tributes from Billy Joel. Maybe it just opened with a theme. The Stone's and The Who's sets struck me as stark exhilarating defiance. In the spirit of screw Sandy we're still rockin'

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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:07 PM

86. Sometimes songs about anger, frustration, etc., are more cathartic than

songs about getting back up again.

If I was sad about breaking up with someone when I was younger, I'd rather put on a really good blues song expressing the pain of someone losing the woman he loved than listening to a bouncy tune about moving on.

Both types of songs have their place, though, depending on where you are emotionally.

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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:10 PM

88. More appropriate would have been "Fall On Me"

Since Sandy was a by-product of climate change. But that song wasn't a hit, and Losing My Religion was. And anyone who knows Stipe and REM knows the song doesn't mean what you think.

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/story-of-the-song-losing-my-religion-rem-1991-897255.html

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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:15 PM

89. A more appropriate song would've been "Dear God" by XTC... nt

 

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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 07:36 PM

95. If it was about getting back up, he would have sung "Losing My Erection"

 

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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 09:11 AM

97. Maybe they should have had Meredith Vieira narrate the whole thing.



(Okay. Now I'm done. I promise.)

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