Fall on Me - REM
REM is one of the three bands with songs in my top 6 that I had not even heard of in 1986. I wrote about Begin the Begin
when it appeared at #51 - it was the first REM song I heard thanks to a cool older neighbor. A few months later, I managed to catch Fall on Me
on one of the first episodes of 120 Minutes
I watched, and then excitedly bought Document
when it came out in late summer 1987, before working my way through their back catalog as my meager paycheck allowed.
I was surprised to see that Fall on Me
reached #5 on the Mainstream Rock chart. I guess there were no ‘“mainstream rock” stations where I lived, or if there were, they were busy playing Steve Miller and Boston. @neal cassady
picked this as his 27th favorite song by an American artist. Let’s see if the @ can get him to talk about why he loves it.
Don’t Look Back in Anger - Oasis
In the early 2000s, I saw Oasis and The White Stripes in the same week. Even allowing for my love of the Gallagher brothers, I won’t try to convince anyone that Oasis is the better band. But if you ask pretty much any of my crew who went to both, the Oasis show won hands down. The White Stripes were great musically, but it felt a bit cold and clinical. Oasis was everything I wanted from a concert - hits, deep tracks, camaraderie, sing-a-longs, goosebumps, and just tremendous joy. No song captures this more than Don’t Look Back in Anger
, the 5th single from their second album, and my co-favorite Oasis tune.
Here’s an amazing live version
from Buenos Aires where Noel just stands in awe of the crowd (around the 3:50 mark).
On a more somber note, Mancunians spontaneously singing Don’t Look Back in Anger
at the vigil following the Manchester Arena Bombing that killed 23 people after an Ariana Grande concert.