Linked above is a post I wrote elsewhere in response to a good article in the Onion’s A.V. club. It’s generally about R.E.M.’s new album and the band’s output the past fifteen years, but generalizes a little more about fandom. As my post history shows, I’m a pretty big R.E.M. fan, and this post probably has some fanboy leanings and certainly rambles a little bit. However, it got me thinking about the way a band sometimes ends up competing with itself - or at least how fan’s memories and attachments make comparisions difficult.
Anyway, I didn’t post it here because this is more or less a blog about individual songs, but I thought that some of you might be interested. And hey, a little self-promotion never hurt, right?