Exhuming McCarthy-REM

Funny how certain songs aren’t appropriate anymore as critiques of society. They don’t go far enough. This has always been one of my faves, maybe it is the horns. There is a certain quaintness to Michael Stipe’s earnestness from this Document standout. Silly, Michael, we’re not in McCarthy territory anymore. He’s old hat, we have a balder playbook now. Anyway, the Imperial Wizard of the US o’ W is able to sing into his toothbrush tonight “enemy sighted, enemy met, I’m addressing the real politik.” And we are bade to eat.

You’re beautiful more beautiful than me
You’re honorable more honorable than me
Loyal to the Bank of America

It’s a sign of the times
It’s a sign of the times

You’re sharpening stones, walking on coals
To improve your business acumen.
Sharpening stones, walking on coals,
To improve your business acumen.

Vested interest united ties, landed gentry rationalize
Look who bought the myth, by jingo, buy America

It’s a sign of the times
It’s a sign of the times

You’re sharpening stones, walking on coals
To improve your business acumen.
Sharpening stones, walking on coals,
To improve your business acumen.

Enemy sighted, enemy met, I’m addressing the realpolitik
Look who bought the myth, by jingo, buy America

“Let us not assassinate this man further Senator,
You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir?
At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”

You’re sharpening stones, walking on coals
To improve your business acumen.
Sharpening stones, walking on coals,
To improve your business acumen.

Enemy sighted, enemy met, I’m addressing the realpolitik
You’ve seen start and you’ve seen quit
(I’m addressing the table of content)
I always thought of you as quick
Exhuming McCarthy
(Meet me at the book burning)
Exhuming McCarthy
(Meet me at the book burning)

4 Responses to “Exhuming McCarthy-REM”


  • Always been my favorite song on that album. Speaking of horns, have you heard the version of Finest Worksong that had horns? I think it was the version tha twas on Eponymous. Way better than the original album version.

  • Finally, a song and band that AG actually likes. What did that take, like a year and a half?!

    Bank of America? Oh no! Unacceptable. F#ck them and the Canadian Curling Association!

    Seitz, I have to disagree. The One I Love is the best song from that album followed closely by Oddfellows Local 151. Of course, this was the last album they made that was any good. Martha Quinn and the good folks at MTV ruined them as it did most of the early 80s college/alternative bands. Effing MTV and it’s over play of Stand.

    However, REM never had a fighting chance the way others did. REM lacks what Morrissey and some other cornered. Michael Stipe was not a black wearing, depressed, head cases with anger in the manner that Morrissey, Oingo Boingo, The Violent Femmes or The Cure, to name a few, had. They weren’t New Yorkers or angry London types. Hailing from Georgia made it hard to carry that kind of an edge.

    I will give them this though — every upper westside yuppie Jew in New York City loved that Green album. I respect that about as much as the upper west ghetto dwellers who love Steely Dan. They may have the delicacies down from the famed Sturgeon King correct but music will take them a few more generations to get right.

    All and all, not bad for a band that the lead singer wanted to go big with by carrying the name, ‘Cans of Piss’ instead of REM.

  • The Violent Femmes came from Milwaukee tho.

    That’ll take an edge off.

  • Yes, but TVF are angry London types.

    Remember, you cannot f@ck with this band!

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