This past week I was watching some clips on YouTube of REM performing live from 85 to 87. And then I started listening to the studio albums from those years. I think this is my favorite period of theirs in terms of the way the band musically and visually presented themselves. From the songs, the album and single art, the videos, the stage presentations, and the way the band dressed. Just an unbelievably cool and unique world they created at that time.
I loved how Stipe mixed a boxcar hobo look with a kind of Victorian coat tail vibe. And I think during pageantry tour, wore a top hat? The music also occasionally conjured up civil war or new dreamy pastoral images. It’s not easy to describe what was happening and themes kind of got mixed together, but the end result was just stunning to me.
I guess the Green era also had a lot of elements from the previous album and tour, but one could tell the band was growing up. I think it was when Automatic came out that I became less enthralled with some of the visual and fashion decisions they were making, but still loved the music.
Anyone else love that 85-87 period the most?