R.e.m. - automatic for the people - ‘Automatic for the People’ at 25: Why R.E.M.’s Masterpiece.


1. Drive
2. Try Not To Breathe
3. The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite
4. Everybody Hurts
5. New Orleans Instrumental No. 1
6. Sweetness Follows
7. Monty Got A Raw Deal
8. Ignoreland
9. Star Me Kitten
10. Man On The Moon
11. Nightswimming
12. Find The River

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Bite your tongue man! There are plenty of actual REM fans out there that LIKE more REM albums than the highly overrated Automatic For The People. There’s no reason whatsoever that the SDE’s of all of their albums shouldn’t continue.

Ever after the lyrics are decoded, their exact meaning still baffles both fans and the other band members. "I don't know what that snake imagery is about," Buck once told Melody Maker . "I'm just a fan." Mills offered no more insight in the liner notes to Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage 1982–2011, admitting, "I still don't know what this song is about …"

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Lyrically, “the album reeks of death,” a Newsweek critic observed at the time . “Try Not to Breathe,” with its sea shanty rhythms and the soaring backing vocals of Mike Mills, takes the perspective of an old man who has “lived a full life” and is ready to die. On “Everybody Hurts,” Stipe abandons obfuscation and plainly urges suicidal listeners to “hold on.” (Though a mega-hit, it’s the only track that hasn’t aged well, lacking the specificity and pathos of Monster ’s similarly themed “Let Me In.”)


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