When R.E.M. broke up this past fall, Matt felt compelled to give them a decent burial. And so the R.E.M. Funeral came to be. It doesn't hurt that Matt has an impressive collection of everything R.E.M. - vinyl, bootlegs, merch, documentaries and video compilations, fan club mailings, and even a Burger King crown that was plucked off Matt's head by Michael Stipe himself and worn for the better part of a song while Matt sat in the front row, trying not to pass out from sheer joy.
Click here for a kickass R.E.M. playlist that's heavy on the 80's stuff you might be missing. And join us Tuesday for an R.E.M. trivia game designed by Matt - and scaled for three levels of fans; newbies, casual fans, and grand masters.
Setting the Stage
Matt spent the month before the party gathering memorabilia on ebay to add to his already formidable stockpile. Then he spent a couple days before the party arranging things around his apartment. Here's a little slide show:
|This is a promotional bop bag from the Monster tour.|
|The aforementioned Burger King crown|
|We had candy that appears in R.E.M. lyrics . . .|
|. . . and Orange Crush.|
|We also made southern food - like Maker's Mark pecan pie.|
|How cool is this New Adventures in Hi-Fi viewmaster??|
|That there is the sweatshirt just like the one M. Stipe wears in What's the Frequency, Kenneth?|
|Stack of vinyl at the ready|
|Our friend Steph Luzzi's dad sent this sympathy card. Hah!|
Featured Cocktail: Mojitos