R.E.M. — Pretty Persuasion
Album: Reckoning
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Released: 1984
Length: 3:43
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It's what I want, hurry and buy
All has been tried, follow reason and buy

Cannot shuffle in this heat, it's all wrong
Try to put that on your sleeve it's all wrong, it's all wrong

He's got a pretty persuasion
She's got pretty persuasion
God damn, pure confusion
She's got pretty persuasion

It's what I want, hurry and buy
All has been tried, follow reasoning

And I put that in this heat, it's all wrong
Try to wear that on my sleeve it's all wrong, all wrong

He's got a pretty persuasion
She's got pretty persuasion
God damn, pure confusion
He's got pretty persuasion

In the light I saw quite a scene in there

It's what I want, hurry and buy
all has been tried, follow reason and buy

Try to put that in this heat it's all wrong
Cannot wear that on your sleeve it's all wrong, all wrong

He's got a pretty persuasion
She's got pretty persuasion
God damn, pure confusion
She's got pretty persua...
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 TJOpootertoot wrote:

Translated:
IRS years - I was young and cool.
WB years - I became old and boring and jaded, unable to grow and adapt like my former artistic heroes.

They made plenty of amazing music released on WB, you just don't like it - which is fine.

But this "REM sold out!" thing is arguably the most boring, reductionist (and easily disproven) argument in all of recent pop culture.
 
Dang! You said it. Bravo. I couldn't agree more. 
 Steely_D wrote:
IRS years: best band in America
WB years: what a waste of time

Of course, it might not have been the label, but the loss of Bill Berry 

 
Translated:
IRS years - I was young and cool.
WB years - I became old and boring and jaded, unable to grow and adapt like my former artistic heroes.

They made plenty of amazing music released on WB, you just don't like it - which is fine.

But this "REM sold out!" thing is arguably the most boring, reductionist (and easily disproven) argument in all of recent pop culture.
It's like, everything the BoDeans do sounds the same.
Such an awesome jangle intro. to this one by Mr. Buck perks me up INSTANTLY!
 Steely_D wrote:
IRS years: best band in America
WB years: what a waste of time

Of course, it might not have been the label, but the loss of Bill Berry 

 
Green, Out Of Time, and Automatic were still worthwhile. Berry didn't leave until several years later.
IRS years: best band in America
WB years: what a waste of time

Of course, it might not have been the label, but the loss of Bill Berry 
 markybx wrote:
Hey Bill, why not follow this with Pretty in Pink by the Psychedelic Furs?

 
Because that would be stupid...
Hey Bill, why not follow this with Pretty in Pink by the Psychedelic Furs?
 Proclivities wrote:

Their album covers were often kind of dull.

But their I.R.S.' years covers were still better than the Warners' years covers as a general rule, but yes, they had some stinkers:

 

Chronic Town cover—-Very good...anybody know where that gargoyle is from?

Murmur's cover was awesome—-probably the best album cover to go with the best album of the 80's.  Kudzu totally "represents" what's inside.

Fables' cover - not so good

Lifes Rich Pageant featured Bill Berry's unibrow on the cover...WHY?

The Dead Letter Office cover looks like something I could have drawn

Document's cover is kind of cool

and the Eponymous cover (the IRS compilation) is somewhat weak

 

Good thing I pretty much loved all the tunes inside.

 

 


 ashmj000 wrote:

I once had a romantic interlude with a woman whose daughter dated their road manager. True story.

 
What a coincidence!
I once read a post by someone who said that they once had a romantic interlude with a woman whose daughter dated REM's road manager.

I wouldn't lie about something like that...
 
 jrozzelle wrote:

And all the 50-somethings perk up.  Here's my REM story.  REM played at Davidson College and we invited the band over afterwards to a tiny off-campus house.  Michael Stipe came.  He and I chatted about MTV, which had just launched, and the idea of music videos as something other than just footage of the artists performing a song.  He told me that they'd shot a video, probably for a song on this album, but they didn't like how it turned out so it was never on MTV.



 
I once had a romantic interlude with a woman whose daughter dated their road manager. True story.
 treatment_bound wrote:
I liked everything about this album EXCEPT THE ALBUM COVER!

 
Yeah, great production during those years by Mitch Easter and Don Dixon.  Their album covers were often kind of dull; that one was a collaboration with the folk artist Howard Finster.
 expertTexpert wrote:
This whole IRS period was so f***ing fantastic.

 
Aye!
 treatment_bound wrote:
Hey Lazarus!!

TIME TO WAKE UP FROM YOUR LUNCHTIME SIESTA!!
 
I hear ya, man!  Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of homeless camps loves this song...  we be dancing buck ass naked all across the forests and fields and mountains and beaches from sea to shining sea like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...

hope life be grand for you right now, treatment_bound...

And all the 50-somethings perk up.  Here's my REM story.  REM played at Davidson College and we invited the band over afterwards to a tiny off-campus house.  Michael Stipe came.  He and I chatted about MTV, which had just launched, and the idea of music videos as something other than just footage of the artists performing a song.  He told me that they'd shot a video, probably for a song on this album, but they didn't like how it turned out so it was never on MTV.


Really
Excellent
Music 
Hey Lazarus!!

TIME TO WAKE UP FROM YOUR LUNCHTIME SIESTA!!
I liked everything about this album EXCEPT THE ALBUM COVER!
This whole IRS period was so f***ing fantastic. I was so lucky to have had them as the soundtrack to the end of college.

And I saw them on tour, first album, in San Francisco.
Now I need some Motrin from patting myself on the back so hard. 
 wbeaver wrote:
9 -> 10.  What was this "Child of the 80's" thinking?

  Absoposolutely!  This song kicks it!  I saw R.E.M. four times live, and the first concert was in this era.