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R.E.M.’s “So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)”

Since I heard R.E.M.‘s “So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)” earlier today on my iTunes shuffle, I can’t get it out of my head. This song and I have a long history. I first heard it when I was 13 and when I tell you it changed my life then and there, I mean it. I ran right into my bedroom and wrote my first song. I also reevaluated my record collection. New Wave bands like Duran Duran and Depeche Mode were pushed aside for R.E.M., The Smiths, and anything else that sounded jangly and had “intense” lyrics.

Here’s the video, which finds lead singer Michael Stipe famously singing live. He was refusing to lip synch back in those days, a promise he kept to himself until, I believe, the “Losing My Religion” video years later. (In a bit of rock folklore, Sinead O’ Connor supposedly taught Stipe how to lip synch. Seems right since Sinead could have won an Academy Award for that moving “Nothing Compares To You” video.)

But I digress.

“So. Central Rain”:

Oh no! Peter Buck’s guitar is missing in Helsinki

The music blogs are abuzz with the news that thieves in Finland have made off with Peter Buck‘s signature black Rickenbacker guitar.

Following R.E.M.‘s concert in Helsinki, the Rickenbacker, the very same one Peter has been playing onstage and in the studio since 1982’s Chronic Town EP, disappeared. Buck is allegedly distraught.

Have you seen this guitar? Email fanclub@remtour.com or call (001) 706 353-6689.

All photos courtesy of Pat Graham/REM HQ.

All hail Pylon!

Here’s my favorite segment of Athens, Ga.- Inside/Out, a great documentary released in 1987 about the burgeoning music scene down in Athens, Georgia during the late 1970s and early 1980s. It’s the town that famously gave us the B-52s and R.E.M.

It also gave us another one of my favorite bands, Pylon. This is the portion of the documentary that features footage, tunes and interviews with the band, who reunited a few years ago and have been playing dates for lucky fans in select cities.

Vanessa Briscoe Hay was a big inspiration to me when I first started singing in bands. Back when I was young and feisty and not afraid to scream. Now, I’m like a church mouse.

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