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Similar Sounds - World of R.E.M.

Artist Song
The Smiths  Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want  
Echo & The Bunnymen  Lips Like Sugar  
The Replacements  Left of the Dial  
The Church  Reptile  
The Smithereens  Behind the Wall of Sleep  
Hüsker Dü  Don't Want to Know If You Are Lonely  
The Dream Syndicate  Tell Me When It's Over  
The Plimsouls  A Million Miles Away  
Green On Red  Death and Angels  
The dB's  Bad Reputation  
Let's Active  In Little Ways  
Guadalcanal Diary  Trail of Tears  
10,000 Maniacs  What's the Matter Here  
The Long Ryders  And She Rides  
Three O'Clock  Jet Fighter  
The Rain Parade  This Can't Be Today  
The Loud Family  The Come On  
Blake Babies  Out There  
Galaxie 500  Blue Thunder  
Thin White Rope  Wire Animals  
True West  Hollywood Holiday  
The Bats  Calm Before the Storm  
Absolute Grey  Notes  
SUNBIRDS  No Sun No Shadow  


Like London before it and Seattle after, all ears were glued to the South, where the guitar — if not the Confederacy — was destined to rise again. [i]Murmur[/i] and [i]Reckoning[/i] producer Mitch Easter polished his jangle-genius spurs fronting Let’s Active; while the band never really had a hit, the intoxipop of “In Little Ways” sparkles like a new Rickenbacker’s candy-apple finish. Like R.E.M., the Replacements navigated their career using two compass points: the nearly mythical power popsters Big Star, and that precious, non-commercial slice of radio at the FM dial’s far left end. Their two-stroke-engine-powered “Left of the Dial” is a love letter both to Let’s Active guitarist Angie Carlson and the college stations that made their celebrity possible. And R.E.M.’s British kissin’ cousins, the Smiths, rocketed from indie to icon with a murky, moody mix of tortured-artist pop. In the sad bastard lament “Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want,” Morrissey again confuses the stage with the psychiatrist’s couch, while Johnny Marr’s downy-soft wash of guitar under the vocal makes misery seem absolutely [i]delectable[/i]. From Galaxie 500 to Echo & the Bunnymen, rockers worldwide followed R.E.M.’s lead, reaching out to new audiences by reaching inside their (often tormented) psyches.
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