The Exclusion of Drive

musicI'm not a completist, but I own a handful of R.E.M. albums. I've always liked the band and enjoyed their radio singles. I was happy to add In Time - The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003 to my collection, but it's always bothered me that it's missing one of my all-time favourite R.E.M. tunes. For some reason, "Drive" didn't make the cut.

"Drive" was the first single from Automatic for the People, my favourite R.E.M. album. It plodded along hauntingly with a moody tone and cool lyrics. No, it wasn't the poppy "Shiny Happy People" or "Radio Song", it was better.

"Drive" should have made it on In Time - The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003.

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Drive was my least favourite track on one of my favourite albums—which is to say I still liked it—but I much preferred Night Swimming, Try Not to Breathe and especially Find The River. I think REM are masters at melancholy. I'm not surprised that you as a Hip fan like REM. For some reason I've always equated the two bands. Probably because of Downie and Stipes Lyrical genius/absurdity.

February 20, 2007 @ 10:17 AM

Mike Boon

Downie and Stipe share a similar stage presence, that's for sure.

February 20, 2007 @ 10:24 AM

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