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Rock Rewind: R.E.M. “The One I Love”

Forming in the early 1980’s, R.E.M. was a key player in the evolution of what is now alternative rock, one of those bands that influenced many other bands beyond them. Like many bands of their type, R.E.M. actually eschewed mainstream success, and tried to avoid it for as long as possible. “The One I Love,” widely considered to be the band’s breakthrough single, was actually off their fifth album Document (1987). While other songs like “Losing My Religion” and “Everybody Hurts” are better known, “The One I Love” is generally where things took off for the band. R.E.M. went on to record 15 studio albums before finally officially disbanding last year.

As to influencing other bands—just for fun, below the video for “The One I Love,” I’ve included a live performance of The Decemberists’ “Down By the Water,” which has some remarkable similarities. The Decemberists have openly claimed R.E.M. as an influence, and R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck even appeared on several tracks on the band’s recent studio recording The King Is Dead. Enjoy both videos!

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About the Author


Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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