…and from the “Thank God That’s Over” file…

R.E.M. break up.

From the band: “To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.”

Although I have a permanent place in my record collection for Murmur, R.E.M. ceased being a concern for me about 1986. I’m sure Stipe will continue to be a complete prat and release a string of Sting-like pseudo intellectual tripe (hey, that rhymes with Stipe!).

Can’t wait for the inevitable “Duets” album!