Wednesday, February 20, 2013

#446: R.E.M.-Fall On Me (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

#446
(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Fall On Me"
Artist: R.E.M.
Release Date: August,1986
From the Album: Life's Rich Pageant (1986)


Quick Take: For the album Life's Rich Pageant, R.E.M. vocalist and lyricist Michael Stipe made a concerted effort to enunciate his trademark mumble and sing out on issues of the day. "Fall on Me," the lead track on the 1986 album, was an eco song and the perfect example of the band's slight new direction. Bill Berry told Spin that year the song was specifically about "acid rain." The video for "Fall on Me" was filmed upside down in a rock quarry, and snippets of the environmentally concerned words flash on-screen throughout: "Buy" the sky, "Sell" the sky, etc. The R.E.M. jangle rock sound was still intact and a very '80s drum attack supplied the beat, but Stipe's vocal is the lead instrument on the track, followed closely by Mike Mills' background vocals and bridge: "What is it up in the air for?/Don't fall on me." Of course, the story of Chicken Little and his belief that the sky was about to fall also comes to mind.

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