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REM – Murmur (1983)

October 30, 2012

[Album 109/1001]

With the exception of Automatic For The People (which is almost immeasurably  wonderful from any angle), REM was a great band that made some pretty good albums.  To quote Holden Caulfield, “I don’t know exactly what I mean by that, but I mean it.”

Their debut isn’t individually awe-inspiring, but it does offer a glimpse of excellence to come.  Few would complain that this album is in any way overproduced: Murmur is deliciously undercooked.

It was also the beginning of perhaps the finest fan group name in rock history.  There’s the KISS Army, there are Deadheads, and then there are those that believe in the Gospel of REM lead singer Michael Stipe: The Distiples.

Thank you to drummer Bill Berry here as well: he proved that large eyebrow(s) were no longer an obstacle to rock stardom.

Speaking of facial hair, to acknowledge ‘Mo’vember, over the next month I’ll be counting down the top 10 moustaches on the 1001 albums list, stay tuned!

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