Qualification to The Lucy Museum of Musicians who deserve entry to Lucy's Museum of Musicians is they must have a minimum of three songs which would make me turn up the radio if they came on.
Qualifying Songs: Half A World Away, Man On The Moon, Losing My Religion,
If ever there was a band who hung about not doing much, then exploded with brilliance for a few albums and then settled back into mediocrity, it's REM.
Michael Stipe admitted that the song 'Losing My Religion' was life changing for them and it made them superstars overnight and they were everywhere for 3-4 years with the amazing songs from the albums 'Out of Time' and 'Automatic For The People' and then just seemed to run out of gas.
As well as being a great song, the 'Losing My Religion' video always sweeps up at any 'best video' countdowns on the music channels or the ones that still play music anyway.
'Half A World Away' continued the Mandolin stage of their career and lyrics which include Blackbirds and losing his shoes so they probably make more sense after a fair amount of alcohol.
'Man On The Moon' is apparently a tribute to Andy Kaufman who is probably best know to us Brits as the foreign mechanic in Taxi but the reasons behind the moon landing conspiracy theory references are beyond me but then most of REM's lyrics always were.