R.E.M. — Strange Currencies
Album: Monster
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Released: 1994-09-26
Length: 3:43
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I don't know why you're mean to me
When I call on the telephone
And I don't know what you mean to me
But I want to turn you on, turn you up, figure you out, I want to take you on

These words, ''"You will be mine."''
These words, ''"You will be mine."''
All the time

The fool might be my middle name
But I'd be foolish not to say
I'm going to make whatever it takes
Bring you up, call you down, sign your name, secret love
Make it rhyme, take you in and make you mine

These words, ''"You will be mine."''
These words, ''"You will be mine."''
All the time, oh

I tripped and fell and did I fall
What I want to feel, I want to feel it now

You know with love come strange currencies
And here is my appeal:
I need a chance, a second chance, a third chance, a fourth chance
A word, a signal, a nod, a little breath
Just to fool myself, to catch myself, to make it real, real

These words, ''"You will be mine."''
These words, ''"You will be mine."''
All the time, oh

These words, ''"You will be mine."''
These words, they haunt me, hunt me down
Catch in my throat, make me pray,
Say, love's confined, on Earth
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Poor R.E.M. Not much love for them here. I just hear the great guitar and melody and think it's a great recording.
 Skydog wrote:
took it down a notch from 3 to 2
there is a phoniness to REM that is similar to the Eagles

 
To each their own. I don't see any similarity at all. Musically there's virtually no commonality and whereas The Eagles were going to keep touring as long as they could make money, REM went out on top and on their own terms. No one ever debates when The Eagles "sold out' the way they (kind of annoyingly, even on this thread) do for REM because they never had any cred to sell.

Anyway, this is a fine song on something of a beautiful mess on an album and anyone who thinks they were done or uninteresting by MONSTER doesn't give them much credit.
This being the last song by R.E.M. that I actually enjoyed listening to.
 Skydog wrote:
took it down a notch from 3 to 2
there is a phoniness to REM that is similar to the Eagles

 
2 is pretty generous.Whenever I hear an REM song I think"this is an Saturday Night Live parody of a goofy,awful band"and then it turns out it's a "real" band.
 milleronic wrote:
R.E.M. wasn't the same after Stipe started enunciating the lyrics...

 
That was with Lifes Rich Pageant. That was definitely a turning point, but I think they were still good for a few more albums.
 bseib wrote:

B-52's — Rock Lobster
R.E.M. — Strange Currencies


Now we just need some Drive By Truckers and Widespread panic to round out the Athens GA playlist. :-)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_of_Athens,_Georgia

 
Yes! That's the ticket!
took it down a notch from 3 to 2
there is a phoniness to REM that is similar to the Eagles

B-52's — Rock Lobster
R.E.M. — Strange Currencies


Now we just need some Drive By Truckers and Widespread panic to round out the Athens GA playlist. :-)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_of_Athens,_Georgia
One of very few very good REM tracks. Very soulful, great melody. 
 milleronic wrote:
R.E.M. wasn't the same after Stipe started enunciating the lyrics...

 
I kinda agree
And here is my appeal:
I need a chance, a second chance, a third chance, a fourth chance
A word, a signal, a nod, a little breath
Just to fool myself, to catch myself, to make it real, real

Great song. I miss old REM. They had such a great groove for such a long time.

R.E.M. wasn't the same after Stipe started enunciating the lyrics...
Everybody in my alien space craft loves this song...  we love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...
 lily34 wrote:
i love love love this song. i hardly ever hear it.

i kind of wish someone would cover it, to hear how different it would sound by someone else. i can almost hear joan osborne doing it in my head...

 
joan o. is a good strong woman voice choice, mayce neko case also. i can hear john hiatt (whose voice reminds me of michael stipe anyway),, or when in doubt i revert to jimmy lafave as my fallback physician.  the REM song i want covered by everybody is Cuyahoga.
This, and others of theirs from that period, absolutely raise the hairs on my arm, and make me wonder about people I used to know..

Not big on REM singer.  Wordy fellow.  Probably a little kid that nobody could make shut up.  But I do like guitar.  Thanks for the guitar.  Just lower the fader on the vocal during the mastering next time.  Thanks Mr Buck!


8->9

 

One of R.E.M.'s finest from that period. The older it gets, the more I appreciate this song, slowly becoming my favourite track off Monster.


good night to everyone:) i would like to wish now ; coldplay and fix you{#Bananapiano}
Good song.  Stipe/REM should have done their usual mix with mostly unintelligible lyrics.
i love love love this song. i hardly ever hear it.

i kind of wish someone would cover it, to hear how different it would sound by someone else. i can almost hear joan osborne doing it in my head...