January 4, 2010
Shiny happy birthday for Michael Stipe
Happy 50th Birthday to the enigmatic Michael Stipe, the man who Casey Spooner (of Fischerspooner) once said "could fuck the chrome off a bumper." It's probably hard for anyone under a certain age to understand that R.E.M. was at U2 levels of fame in the early 1990s. A friend of mine once encountered him backstage and asked him to sign something. This is back in the 80's. He looked at her, looked at a line on the paper she was holding and said "This is the river of the world." That's it. Just "This is the river of the world."
Do you like the dewy fresh airbrushed pre-R.E.M. Michael above? Check out his current daddy look. Nice handlebar mustache! I think this is a more representative depiction of Stipe today.
XO's Top Ten Plus One REM Songs
Nightswimming my favorite
Fall On Me
Losing My Religion
Turn You Inside Out
The One I Love
Here is a bigger post on R.E.M. from 2007. My Top Ten has changed since then!