30 Ways To Celebrate R.E.M.’s 30th This Weekend

There’s just so much awesome stuff going on this weekend surrounding R.E.M.’s 30th Anniversary that I felt like we needed somewhere to list all of it. Then I asked a few friends how they’ve celebrated R.E.M. anniversaries over the years. Some of the responses were completely cheesy fanstuff and then others were truly touching. So I made a list of 30 Ways to Celebrate R.E.M.’s 30th This Weekend! (in no particular order).

1) Donate to Nuci’s Space or another charity for their b-day.

2) Attend REM30 at the Melting Point on Friday.

3) Read our buddy Gordon Lamb’s interview with R.E.M. manager Bertis Downs.

4) Tune into WUOG on Monday from 12-5pm EST and listen to the R.E.M. tribute. We’ll be giving away one copy of the “Finest Worksongs” compilation every hour. We’ll also be giving you a SNEAK PEEK… Listen in and hear an exclusive track…

5) Join the REM@30 Group on Youtube and leave the guys a birthday message.

6) Two words: STAND. DANCE.

7) Read the 30 Days to Chronic Town articles on Abandoned Couches.

8) Grab some guitars, friends, and a camera. Find a Silo.


9) Cover rare or obscure songs with your buddies. Lose points if it’s this though.

10) Listen to every R.E.M. album. In order.

12) Plant a tree, veggie garden, or flowers a la Bill Berry.

13) Stylish hat wear is a must. ———————->

14) Donate some books to a school or a library since Peter Buck really likes to read.

15) Catch one of the special R.E.M. film showings at Cine.

16) Pull a Mike Mills and go play some softball or golf. Take a friend.

17) Read the Athens Banner-Herald R.E.M. articles.

18) Try learning an R.E.M. song on guitar. “Everybody Hurts” is a good one to start with.

19) Go to an art gallery or teach a child how to use a camera like Michael Stipe.

20) Find your favorite show’s setlist. Make a playlist. Enjoy.

21) Scour the internet for really old or hilarious R.E.M. photos like so.

(Photo/ Trish Thornton via Facebook)

22) Connect with other fans by joining a fansite or by making your own.

23) Take an Athens Music History tour.

24) Twitter users, hashtag everything REMish with #rem30.

25) Listen to artists that inspired R.E.M.: Patti Smith, Big Star, The Byrds, Television, Velvet Underground…


26) Support an independent record store. (Record Store Day is April 17th)

27) Listen to R.E.M. inspired bands: Pavement, the Replacements, Nirvana, Coldplay, Radiohead…

28) Watch some of the videos online or the dvds.

29) Listen to other Athens artists: Love Tractor, Pylon, Widespread Panic, Vic Chesnutt, Modern Skirts, Dead Confederate, Dreams So Real, Oh-Ok..

30) Strike your best Stipe pose!

Anyway, there are a ton more great ways to spend this weekend. R.E.M.’s anniversary (which is also Kathleen O’Brien’s birthday!) is April 5th so you’ve got a good 4 days to celebrate.

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7 comments

  1. Anonymous · · Reply

    GOD. SO BORING.

    PLEASE STOP BLOGGING ABOUT REM. OR MAKE YOUR BLOG EXCLUSIVELY ABOUT REM. UGH. YOU BLIND YOURSELF TO THE RICH SCENE OF THIS CULTURE (DON'T EVEN TRY TO SAY YOU DON'T, I KNOW YOU) BECAUSE YOU'RE SO CAUGHT UP WITH REM AND PANIC. GET OVER IT. DO SOMETHING NEW. STOP ACTING LIKE WUOG IS SO GREAT (JUST SO YOU KNOW, NO ONE CARES ABOUT WUOG EXCEPT THE PEOPLE THAT WORK THERE. THE REST OF US COULDN'T CARE LESS! YOU DO NO ONE A SERVICE AND YOU MISPRONOUNCE BAND NAMES AND GET ALBUM NAMES WRONG!).

  2. Anonymous · · Reply

    Nothing like writing in all caps to make yourself sound even less intelligent than you already are. Good job there, chief.

  3. marktulk · · Reply

    AMJ – just so you know… you're actually AWESOME!!!

  4. Ed Morales · · Reply

    then why, anonymous (the first one, and way to stand behind anonymity and really stand up for what you believe in) were there so many musicians who inhabit today's athens scene paying tribute to r.e.m. last night? and why are you commenting on things you don't care about (of course trolls do that)

  5. Fantastic article. R.E.M. is a foundational institution for Athens and an icon in American rock history – past and present. Commemorating their thirtieth is, not only a great thing to do, but, also your duty as a voice for the music of Athens. Cary on!

    To Anonymous #1: How is God involved in this? And whether or not you think God is boring, your opinion on the topic isn't relevant to this blog. But, as long as you brought it up, God loves you, the staff at Athens Music Junkie, and R.E.M.

  6. I'm going to do many of these things, especially play REM songs on my guitar, listen to every REM album in order, listen to artists that inspired REM (especially Patti Smith, I like her music) and artists inspired by REM, like Nirvana.
    I think that I'm also going to learn de Stand dance 😀

    This article is not boring, it's funny, interesting and complete, it's got a lot of information and interesting links.

  7. Oh, I forgot to say that I'm also going to learn Losing my religion with the mandolin.
    I know how to play Hairshirt, Love is all around, Mandolin strum and You are the everything, and I haven't learned it before 'cause the rythm is a little complicated for me, but I'm going to learn it for REM's b-day.

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