As many of you know, REM called it quits last week. My first experience with the band came when my father showed me Automatic For The People. We were on the beach and he let me borrow his headphones so I could listen to "Man on the Moon" on repeat. We're both avid music fans, but this was the first times I remember establishing common ground musically, so it stuck out to me. The other day, when REM announced that they were calling it quits, I had the displeasure of informing my father. I could tell he was hurt by it, like they were abandoning him, leaving a hole in his musical world. It's a feeling that is sure to resonate around the world and even hit one of the biggest bands in the world, Coldplay.
Last Friday, in REM's homestate of Georgia, Coldplay payed tribute to their now past-tense heroes with a cover of the sad tune "Everybody Hurts." "One of our favorite bands of all time, REM, for some crazy reason have finished and it's sad," Coldplay frontman Chris Martin told a sold-out crowd at the Music Midtown festival. The classic REM song seems more like a consolation that they are leaving the music realm when heard in this new light. So here's to hoping this video cheers some people up about the passing of one of rock's great acts.