Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
The 100 Greatest Video Games
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Kevin Feige:
My Movie Life

The Marvel supremo's pick of the flicks
Subscribe: Get 6 Issues For £15
Get Empire magazine today and save money!
R.E.M. In The Movies
A farewell tribute to the Georgia rockers

submit to reddit

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…

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
  1 of 9 Next
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.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 of 9

Have Your Say
Register or login now to let us know what you think.

Your Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list

The Future Of Film: Cinema Will Cross The Uncanny Valley
The future of VFX, from believable digital humans to underwater mocap

The Future Of Film: There Will Be Another Indie Golden Age
Independent producers are growing from micro-budgets to something a lot bigger

Empire's Epic Interstellar Subscribers' Cover
The countdown begins to Christopher Nolan's sci-fi masterpiece

The Future Of Film: Your Favourite Movie WIll Be Crowdfunded
Click here to donate

The Empire Podcast #128: Interviews With Sir Roger Moore And George MacKay
Plus we say goodbye to Richard Kiel and the British Expendables are assembled...

Shut Up, World! Gary Busey Is Talking!
Strap yourselves in and meet a true Hollywood original.

Classic Feature: Gods Among Us - Paul Newman
A cat so cool he makes Steve McQueen look geeky.

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)