How Would You Define REM’s Sound? Posted by Mr. Moderator Aug 092011 According to REM bassist Mike Mills, “It’s impossible.” As you ponder this question, enjoy the battle of the network nimwits that plays out around the level-headed, mother-loving bassist. 13 Responses to “How Would You Define REM’s Sound?” cdm says: 08/09/2011 at 9:39 am Hmm… That does seem like an impossible task but I’ll give it go: “Jangley arpeggio guitar chords, mumbled lead vocals and a single high harmony background vocal all of which combine to occupy the space between the Byrds and the Velvet Underground.” Holy shit! I totally nailed it! 0 High Five funoka says: 08/09/2011 at 10:34 am Thanks Mr. Mod — I got a kick out of that interview! In today’s parlance, they are securely in the rock/folk category — the space filled by The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes. In Sirius/XM radio parlance they are now a “Legacy Artist” — which drives me up the wall. And I can’t resist. Photos of Mike Mills playing golf.. http://www.filmmagic.com/SearchResult.aspx?str=14424&styp=clbi&nvc=E&nvv=69497&nm=Mike+Mills&navtyp=SRH 0 High Five shawnkilroy says: 08/09/2011 at 12:43 pm southern, bland, pretentious. 0 High Five tonyola says: 08/09/2011 at 1:02 pm I was going to say something along those lines but I figure I’d be hounded for being overly smartass. Glad you broke the ice and let me add “earnest, boring, self-absorbed” to your list. 0 High Five misterioso says: 08/09/2011 at 4:44 pm You can’t be overly smartass when it comes to REM, surely. 0 High Five Mr. Moderator says: 08/09/2011 at 6:41 pm Not in these parts, that’s for sure! BTW, what’s with Mills’ Look? Was he a big fan of Oliver-era Brady Bunch? 0 High Five tonyola says: 08/09/2011 at 8:28 pm I’m thinking more like “Froggy” from The Young Rascals. http://image2.findagrave.com/photos250/photos/2006/122/5774_114672277048.jpg 0 High Five misterioso says: 08/09/2011 at 8:45 pm Perhaps he was getting hair-do tips from Bill Gates. 0 High Five misterioso says: 08/09/2011 at 8:46 pm tony, when I first read that I thought you meant the band the Young Rascals. Funny. 0 High Five tonyola says: 08/09/2011 at 8:53 pm Actually, it was The Little Rascals for the films, wasn’t it? 0 High Five machinery says: 08/09/2011 at 10:13 pm Is he wearing mom jeans? 0 High Five 2000 Man says: 08/09/2011 at 11:27 pm Occasionaly boring? 0 High Five misterioso says: 08/10/2011 at 10:56 am Yes, exactly! No wonder I was confused. 0 High Five Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.