REM split up…

A tribute to REM

REM have split upnafter decades of jangling around. The band who sold millions of albums, then got one of the biggest record deals ever – and then sold a lot less records after they lost the muse have called it a day.

Bands like this never seem to split up so their ending is a bit of a surprise combined with a shrug of the shoulders; they had their moments but were also the trad end of the nice jangly section of the indie world.

It’s a bit like a multinational corporation of nice jangly things splitting up…

Comments please!

Are you upset?

Is this like the Beatles splitting?

Who should split next? U2?

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


  1. am i upset ? without wishing to over dramatise i felt something inside me die when i read the news. i have loved them from near and a far.. first as a fan from the day reckoning came out and then having the honour to be their marketing manager at Warners for 7 years .. they and their manager are the nicest people you could wish to work for . Musically my life will be poorer without new material from them but i have so many wonderful memories. as for who should split up next ? probably the next big thing

  2. I am not particularly a FAN of either band…but your musical snobbery is utterly palpable John Robb…and ultimately very disappointing…

  3. I thought you would have stuck the boot in a bit more. Not a case of musical snobbery just a really nothing group, come on Louder Than War we demand MORE musical snobbery when it comes to boring groups that even their fans say they are not ‘particularly fans of’.

  4. Quran (4:104) – “And be not weak hearted in pursuit of the enemy; if you suffer pain, then surely they (too) suffer pain as you suffer pain…”

  5. Hands down, Apple’s app store wins by a mile. It’s a huge selection of all sorts of apps vs a rather sad selection of a handful for Zune. Microsoft has plans, especially in the realm of games, but I’m not sure I’d want to bet on the future if this aspect is important to you. The iPod is a much better choice in that case.


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