When R.E.M. first emerged from Athens, Georgia in 1983 and released their debut album "Chronic Town," I was fifteen years old and I was hooked. Their sound was refreshingly original and although they clearly embraced the genre of pop music, their interpretation of it was something that I had never heard before and I loved it. As their wiki entry states, the things that made them unique were "the jangling guitars, the chords played in arpeggio, murmured vocals, and lyrics that often avoided the standard topics of popular music." Whatever it was, I loved it. For many years, I was a die-hard fan of R.E.M. and eagerly awaited every new CD they released.
However, I'm ashamed to admit that eventually I became one of those completely annoying uber-hip music snobs who turns on a band as soon as they reach the level of "mass appeal." I was like Jack Black in "High Fidelity" mocking the father at the record store for trying to buy Stevie Wonder's "I Just Called to Say I Love You" for his kid. It wasn't that I suddenly hated R.E.M., it was just that I no longer wanted to be associated with their fans so I immediately labeled them as trite or irrelevant. Like many things in my past, I'm completely ashamed of my behavior. Really, is there anything more annoying in the world than a music snob?
Anyway...today, the Peanut and I both called in sick. We were feeling a little feverish so I skipped work and she skipped daycare. And when we weren't running around trying to put socks on the dog or playing hide-and-seek, we hung out on the laptop looking for Elmo videos. In the midst of our search, we came across a video of R.E.M. on Sesame Street. Soon enough, the Peanut and I were jumping up and down in the living room and having the time of our lives.
Not only did I fall in love with R.E.M. all over again, I watched the Peanut fall in love with them for the first time. And you know what? It totally made my day. Here's the video. Enjoy...
Hope you like this as much as we did. For those of you who are parents, do you have any other videos that you're enjoying with your kid? Peanut is starting to refer to my laptop as the "Elmo Box." I've got to start showing her other stuff.