For the record, I posted this on the FB page and immediately WAS SAVAGED by the fanbase. Everyone hated me! I deleted my thread! They’re acting like I’m some sort of spoiled brat. Sigh. That’s the last time I express an opinion. lol. I’m hoping this thread will reveal some more robust comiseration…so here goes…
I AM MAD AT R.E.M.: Okay, let’s have a frank discussion here for those that want to participate. If all you do is post endless pics worshiping the band, this talk might not be for you, but for the rest of you with a more objective or critical eye, I’m curious about your opinion. For the record I’ve loved this band since the age of 12 and think they are the greatest band of all time. K?
But lately I feel unloved. I feel like R.E.M. don’t care about their fans at all. I feel neglected and shit upon. In short, quite frankly it sucks being an REM fan. Why? Because we get no involvement from them whatsoever. I look at other bands I adore (see RUSH and NIN) and regularly see cool and limited new merch in their shops. I see cool deluxe packages. I see stuff made with care, attention to detail, and love for both the music and the fans.
But when it comes to REM, I get the feeling that they could care less. They botched the Chronic Town 40 release–I mean, hiding behind projected sales is a very weak excuse for low effort. Just release a limited edition set, and it’ll sell out. Make it of good quality and scarcity and it will sell. Where are the legacy concert blu-ray releases from the 80s? The landmark concerts? The cool shit? The promo items? Reproductions from the vaults? None of this shit needs to be mass-produced. Put a team of REAL fans on it, hire a competent curator, sell for a fair sum, make it limited run, and you’ll get your money back and garner a shitload of goodwill in the process. Consider Neil Young’s bootleg series.
I know you might not be RUSH fans, but check out their website. See the varied amounts of goodies they have for sale. Sure they have more of a fanbase, but still. NIN does some cool shit too. But time and time again I’m stunned at how little REM’s legacy mean to them, and the truth is…I can’t help but feel insulted. If I had a fanbase, I’d be stoked to whet their appetites with cool releases. But REM fans get nothing. Just a Chronic Town skateboard. Ug. It’s…it’s…so depressing. So, yeah, I love this band…but feel I get nothing in return anymore aside from the music…which is fine, but spare me the “they owe us nothing” nonsense. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a band that cared about their legacy and loved their fans? Anyone?