R.E.M. — Strange Currencies
Album: Monster
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Released: 1994
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...
 aristoteles wrote:

Every BODY in my church loves you Lazarus, even if you are an Egomaniac, repetitive kind of guy,...just enjoy, smile,..and have fun,...if you don't like it, why wasting time on it anyway,...
 

Thank you so much!  I want you to know I appreciate that sincerely...  hope life is grand for you...  enjoy yourself...

I never imagined a radio station would be as good as Radio Paradise...  this is the best radio station ever... 
 cosmiclint wrote:

Yeah, it's what I like to call a Bic lighter song! Do enough people still carry lighters to do that at concerts these days?
 

I know exactly what you mean!  It really works like a soft candlelight on the crowd— really gorgeous...

hope you are having a great time right now, man!  Always good to see you here...  rock on, brother...

this song is marvelous...
 
This album now sounds dated, more than older R.E.M. records.
 dctrpunda wrote:
I'd rather hear hold music from a ultility bill customer service number then this drivel.
 
Now THAT'S the way to hurl an insult!
 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 

 
Every BODY in my church loves you Lazarus, even if you are an Egomaniac, repetitive kind of guy,...just enjoy, smile,..and have fun,...if you don't like it, why wasting time on it anyway,...
 terrapin52 wrote:
I stopped listening to anything REM did after Document.  It just kept getting worse.

  stuck-in-the-past is a condition that's curable  ..and soo worth the effort



 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 

 
Yeah, it's what I like to call a Bic lighter song! Do enough people still carry lighters to do that at concerts these days?

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 
I sat at an outdoor patio table in some cool little place near the Perimeter in Atlanta, eating a bread bowl that had been baked in a flower pot. This record was just released and playing on the house sound. I was 38 years old. Atlanta was older and wiser...Sherman was long gone...
 terrapin52 wrote:
I stopped listening to anything REM did after Document.  It just kept getting worse.
 

Yeah, me too, sort of. Document, Automatic for the People—somewhere in there. They totally lost me with Monster and whatever came afterward. This song doesn't suck. Maybe I should revisit the album.
 sronis wrote:

I agree with the tuma - perfect, perfect song. truly a sing-along piece.

 
Thanks!  Hope you are having a great time right this minute...

love this song...

 
Dreadfully predictable dirge...
 terrapin52 wrote:
I stopped listening to anything REM did after Document.  It just kept getting worse.
 
Not possible. {#No}
I stopped listening to anything REM did after Document.  It just kept getting worse.

I agree with the tuma - perfect, perfect song. truly a sing-along piece.


 jimmpypowder wrote:

You'll dance to anything.
 
Ohhhh noooo...  not anything... but I will dance to this...

 
 romeotuma wrote:


I'll dance to this...

 
 
You'll dance to anything.



I'll dance to this...

 
 schrodingersdog wrote:

I think you're right about playing the strings above the nut. That's exactly what it sounds like.

 

Steven Wilson does this on the intro to Halo. Never knew it until I saw them live and it was quite distinct. Love that sound. Will have to listen to this song more closely to hear that!
great song
A gorgeous vocal from Michael Stipe - love this song.  In my top 10 of  REM songs
 Welly wrote:
LOVE REM. I balance the universe out {#Arrowd}
 

I love REM too, from1979-1991 and occasional tunes here and there after that. They used to be quite wonderful, now they just annoy.
Sounds pretty and warm, like a sunny autumn afternoon spent strolling through the woods and watching leaves in all shades come floating by in the soft light. Album cover looks Halloweeny, so festive choice

Have not hear this in ten years or more I bet.  Its good for the ears today


This song is actually quite profound lyrically...  and the music be soooo good...


 romeotuma wrote:


This song is good  bad for the ears...
 


 gandalfbmg wrote:
If you don't like Monster, I'm not sure if we can be friends any more...
 
No worries here, my friend. Love it. (You were talking to me right?) {#Cool}

 greyfin10 wrote:
What's the weird chiming sound in the middle of the song (that I've never heard before, even though I've been hearing this song for years)?  Kalimba or someone playing the strings on an electric guitar above the nut?  Sorta weird and distracting, maybe I've just never listened to it under headphones... 
 
I think you're right about playing the strings above the nut. That's exactly what it sounds like.

If you don't like Monster, I'm not sure if we can be friends any more...
 romeotuma wrote:


still a great song...
 
Will always bee.