TSURURADIO Presents… Life’s Rich Pageant on Vinyl!!!

Photography by Deák Éva

As I thumbed through the records this morning, this album, with all it’s mono-brow glory, stared at me, wanting to be ripped. Who am I to resist one of my favourite REM albums of all time? So, I loaded up Life’s Rich Pageant and let that glorious chiming guitar wash over me until they immediately begin to “rock out”, it was then I knew I made the right call…

Stipe is crystal clear and full of conviction about the crumbling world around him, politically, environmentally, and maybe a little bit emotionally (I mean, aren’t all political statements also personal statements? Isn’t our world view and the view of ourselves intimately tied together, even if just slightly?). He’s not as “pissed off” as we’ll see in his more cantankerous “old age” on Accelerate, but don’t let his tendency for quasi-cryptic lyrics confuse you, our boy Stipe wasn’t the happiest camper in the world during our Reagan period.

It’s been 22 years since this album graced us, and I’m sure more than one dissertation has been written on it already, yet it still sounds as fresh & relevant today as it did in ’86, how many political albums can you say that about? Yeah, not many.

Okay… I’ve got a special Members Only vinyl rip coming up next, but you’d know that already if you were hanging with us over on FACEBOOK or down in the Our Society, wouldn’t ya? So… let’s get right to it, shall we as…

Life’s Rich Pageant on Vinyl!!!

Dinner Side

1. Begin the Begin
2. These Days
3. Fall on Me
4. Cuyahoga
5. Hyena
6. Underneath the Bunker

Supper Side

1. The Flowers of Guatemala
2. I Believe
3. What If We Give It Away?
4. Just a Touch
5. Swan Swan H
6. Superman

Go show probably the greatest American band all your love here, here, and here now…

2 comments for “TSURURADIO Presents… Life’s Rich Pageant on Vinyl!!!

  1. piers
    March 16, 2009 at 2:04 PM

    Awesomeness! It’s like you’re slowly working your way through that box of vinyl I lost track of after college, and handing them all back to me. This however, is a special album, and I appreciate the way you cut it as two sides. nice! and thx!

  2. piers
    March 16, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    let’s see, probably have to be seventh dream of teenage heaven or something early siouxsie…

    Is it just me, or do these tracks cut off unexpectedely at around the 13 minute mark?

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