11/09/2006 Add a comment
Dan Kois is clearly an R.E.M. fan, and even indicates that you must choose between the two. While I slightly prefer U2's music on a broad scale (I like, perhaps, more U2 songs in aggregate than I do R.E.M. songs, and I think Achtung Baby is perhaps the best album of the 80s-90s, and "One" possibly the best song of those two decades.), I don't think they are mutually exclusive. R.E.M. has its roots in the Velvet Undeground, my all-time favorite, and there is a place for R.E.M.'s music alongside U2's on the shelves of many in our generation.