Yup - this pretty much sums it up for me, too. Even his chronology of discovering REM - and then the Minutemen, Husker Du, and the Replacements - fits perfectly. But… I loved Fables (still do), and my first live REM was thankfully in the tiny Capital Theater in Passaic, NJ. And I bought a t-shirt - but I didn’t wear it at the show!
REM w/ Roger McGuin at the Capital Theater, June 1984.
“Little America” - Capital Theater in Passaic, NJ, June 9, 1984.
“It Happened Today” - new REM song from the forthcoming album Collapse Into Now.
Sounds pretty good to me. Hoping for something awesome and amazing as a follow up to Accelerate! Ah, nostalgia…