southern boys just like you and me

In light of yesterday’s announcement that R.E.M. have split up—which, sure, maybe is something they should have done at least 13 years ago by my estimation—here’s a Stephen Malkmus-penned appreciation of their killer 1984 LP Reckoning. Originally published in a Q Magazine R.E.M. Special Edition. 2001.

(click to enlarge. please enjoy.)

Top photo, R.E.M. 1988. Above, Stipe. 1988.

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