Tim Sommer of Real Clear Likes takes a look at how the band “Changed American rock forever.”
R.E.M. was the American Sex Pistols.
Part I: Do Not Trust Nostalgia, Vinyl Nor Hot Topic
Nostalgia and wishful thinking has caused us to forget that the Sex Pistols were, essentially, a failure in the United States at the time of their initial album release in October of 1977. Likewise, the American punk movement in the mid/late 1970s, although it had many adherents and produced some extraordinary music, remained a cult. In the shadow of punk, the American music industry did not press re-set; it hit the snooze button.
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