What’s your most prized R.E.M. possession?
I’m asking this, whilst completely unsure what mine is. I have a lyric sheet for The One I Love that Michael Stipe threw into the crowd at Stirling Castle in 1999. It’s probably that.
I also have a giant Monster banner that used to hang from the ceiling of a Woolworths store before my sister snaffled it for me. I like that too.
Maybe it’s a memory? I shook Michael Stipe’s hand in Southampton in 2008. (Me, and lots of others!) I met Peter Buck after a Venus 3 gig in Glasgow once.
And I’m lucky enough to have some of the harder to get vinyls. Unplugged from RSD, Live at the Olympia, and all the albums apart from Around the Sun.
There’s a lot I don’t have. The fan club stuff (still not really sure why I never joined), the Hib-Tone Radio Free Europe, the lunchbox etc.
I’m not really a completist. I like having things, but I like them to mean something. The lyric sheet and the Monster banner mean something to me. I’d probably rather have those than the Hib-Tone, for example. I was 3 when that came out…
Anyway, what’s yours?