It seems like it was just yesterday that I was putting an Out of Time stamp on a Columbia House order form and now R.E.M has announced they are breaking up completely. The band blew out this statement together on their official site:
“To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.” R.E.M.
They went on to write: “We have no plans to get back together unless somebody waves a suitcase full of millions of dollars at us for a reunion tour, a Greatest Hits CD, a mentor spot on American Idol and a Pepsi commercial. In other words, see you in 5 years!”
I’m okay with the fact that every damn news station will play “Everybody Hurts” when covering this shit, because it could’ve been worse. It could’ve been The B-52s!
And in the end, DAN RATHER ALWAYS WINS!