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REM announce greatest hits package, no reunion tour coming

By | Published on Tuesday 27 September 2011


Suggesting that their decision to split last week might not have been a spur of the moment thing, REM have announced that they will release a 40 track greatest hits album on 14 Nov. ‘REM: Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth Part Garbage 1982 – 2011’ will, as the title suggests, feature tracks from across their entire career. That makes it the first time songs from their time on indie label IRS and their later stint at Warner have been jammed together on the same release. So that’s nice.

Speaking about the collection, guitarist Mike Mills said: “Working through our music and memories from over three decades was a hell of a journey. We realised that these songs seemed to draw a natural line under the last 31 years of our working together”.

And if you’re thinking to yourself, ‘Well, that’s all well and good until they get back together for a reunion tour and an ill-advised new album’, well stop it. It’s not happening. Mills told Rolling Stone: “There is sadness because I will never play on the same stage as Peter and Michael again. We’re doing this for good reasons, and we end up looking back at all the fun, the joy and the incredible opportunities we had. It’s not because we have to or we can’t stand each other or we suck. We’re happy, but we’re done”.

I give it five years.