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R.E.M. In The Movies
A farewell tribute to the Georgia rockers

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So, farewell then, R.E.M.. Athens’ finest – the other Athens, the one in Georgia – called it quits yesterday after 30 years and 15 albums. Their forays into the world of film weren’t as pronounced as some other artistes; Peter Buck and Mike Mills were so camera-shy towards the end of the band’s career that you were more likely to glimpse Osama bin Laden riding on the back of the Loch Ness Monster in an R.E.M. video. But they did delve into it. Michael Stipe, of course, is a producer, with the likes of Saved and Velvet Goldmine on his CV, while Mike Mills has dabbled in the world of soundtracks. But besides that level of involvement, and all the films that share names with R.E.M. songs – King Of Comedy, Drive, Let Me In and Hollow Man to name but four – the band have been influenced by movies, primarily lyrically. Take the following, for example…

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R.E.M. In The Movies | Lifes Rich Pageant
Lifes Rich Pageant

The name of the band’s fourth – and, in some ways, best – album, taken from a Peter Sellers quote from A Shot In The Dark, “It’s all part of life’s rich pageant”. The sub editor-baiting title, which really should have an apostrophe, is down to an error by Stipe, who typed it up manually and then, being a daffy stream-of-consciousness sort, decided he liked it. And why not? Clouseau would approve.

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1 Until the End of the World
R.E.M. had a gorgeous track, Fretless, that appeared in this Wim Wenders film. It featured Kate Pierson and wouldn't have looked out of place on Out of Time. More

Posted by youngnedyoung on Saturday October 1, 2011, 11:20

2 Vanilla Sky
Sweetness Follows lending the sequence of Tom Cruise's final collapse into the gutter a huge emotional heft. (Is 'heft' a word, I think it is) Great moment. More

Posted by echofalls on Friday September 23, 2011, 18:21

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Some people should really learn to read the intro before diving straight into the feature and then commenting on what was missed More

Posted by murf888 on Friday September 23, 2011, 14:49

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There's also King of Comedy from the Monster album. More

Posted by Dave Hudson on Friday September 23, 2011, 13:39

5 Best R.E.M in movies for me is....
Leave, from New Adventures in Hi-Fi, over the soundtrack to A Life Less Ordinary. Absolutely the best bit of the film (not too difficult to be fair). More

Posted by ESBJules on Friday September 23, 2011, 13:30

6 An article loosely connecting REM to some movies?
Slow news day, eh? More

Posted by loafroaster on Thursday September 22, 2011, 15:21

7 Cheesy but good
Independence Day - opening scene over the raido we hear: "It's the End of th World As We Know it". More

Posted by mokey on Thursday September 22, 2011, 14:04

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I also quite liked the Michael Stipe/Rain Pheonix title track from 'Happiness' (1998) More

Posted by The900MidNightBee on Thursday September 22, 2011, 12:53

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What about Michael Stipe's foray into producing? Velvet Goldmine and Being John Malkovich both have his name on the credits for what it's worth. A bit more of a concrete association with movies than a song being cinematic. More

Posted by dunkah on Thursday September 22, 2011, 11:39

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What about Michael Stipe's foray into producing? Velvet Goldmine and Being John Malkovich both have his name on the credits for what it's worth. A bit more of a concrete association with movies than a song being cinematic. More

Posted by dunkah on Thursday September 22, 2011, 11:39

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