R.E.M. — Bang and Blame
Album: Monster
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Released: 1994
Length: 4:37
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If you could see yourself now, baby
It's not my fault
You used to be so in control
You're going to roll right over this one
Just roll me over, let me go
You're laying blame
Take this as no, no, no

You bang, bang, bang, bang, bang,
Blame, blame, blame
You bang, bang, bang, bang, bang,
It's not my thing so let it go

If you could see yourself now baby,
The tables have turned
The whole world hinges on your swings
Your secret life of indiscreet discretions
I'd turn the screw and leave the screen,
Don't point your finger,
You know that's not my thing

You came to bang, bang, bang, bang, bang,
Blame, blame, blame
You bang, bang, bang, bang, bang,
It's not my thing so let it go, now

You've got a little worry,
I know it all too well,
I've got your number,
But so does every kiss-and-tell
Who dares to cross your threshold,
Or happens on your way,
Stop laying blame
You know that's not my thing

You know that's not my thing,
You came to bang, bang, bang, bang, bang,
Blame, blame, blame
You bang, bang, bang, bang, bang,
It's not my thing so let it go
You bang, bang, bang, bang, bang,
Blame, blame, blame
You bang, bang, bang, bang, bang,
It's not my thing so let it go

You kiss on me, tug on me, rub on me, jump on me,
You bang on me, beat on me, hit on me, let go on me,
You let go on me
Comments (216)add comment
 cmarket wrote:
Sucko Barfo

 
You don't like music, which begs the question why do you listen to RP or any other music station for that matter?
 timmus wrote:
I always sing "Losing My Religion" lyrics during the verses in this song.  The tunes sound exactly the same.
 
It very similar phrasing in the verses and both songs are in A minor, so he is also singing a similar melody in the verses, but the chord progressions are different.
 timmus wrote:
I always sing "Losing My Religion" lyrics during the verses in this song.  The tunes sound exactly the same.

 
I agree :)


I always sing "Losing My Religion" lyrics during the verses in this song.  The tunes sound exactly the same.
playing REM after Albert King is like a punch in the dick.. ugh
Michael Stipe is here on this track to scold you about being a hussy.
"You kiss on me, tug on me, rub on me, jump on me" - she's a cat, right?
I liked REM in their early years, but as time went on I began to see that Stipe was little more than a mewling whiner.   {#Moon}
 treatment_bound wrote:

Beginning of the end?  I take it you weren't too enthralled with the 17 YEARS OF MUSIC THEY PUT OUT after this album...

 
Not so much, no. I like "Electrolite", though.
a rating for the Eagles of alt-rock
 treatment_bound wrote:

Beginning of the end?  I take it you weren't too enthralled with the 17 YEARS OF MUSIC THEY PUT OUT after this album...

 
Yeah, it was a VERY slow end. {#Cheesygrin}
 nutrod42 wrote:
Beginning of the end of R.E.M.

 
Beginning of the end?  I take it you weren't too enthralled with the 17 YEARS OF MUSIC THEY PUT OUT after this album...
Beginning of the end of R.E.M.
Wow ! crossing your threshold on REM & RIP
LOVE...kids grew up hearing this in the Jeep...and they sang along with the "Bang Bang" part only...{#Whisper}
love the verse hate the chorus. 
Sooner or later, some cop/detective show is going to use this track as the music bed for a very artfully choreographed gunfight sequence.
Okay, yes, that was clever.
But please don't do it again — the juxtaposition was horrible.
Sucko Barfo
 Sasha2001 wrote:

What you mean to say is "Pixies" type construction as they were the earlier alternative band to thrive from this song writing gimic. 
 
The Pixies certainly utilized that style before Nirvana, and probably popularized it more than any other artist,  but plenty of artists did similar things long before.  "Heroin" by The Velvet Underground was likely a direct influence on The Pixies, but a few others come to mind: The Who - "Sea and Sand", Led Zeppelin - "Ramble On", "Green Door" by Jim Lowe, (and later The Cramps), Love - "Alone Again Or", etc.
  It appears to have become the signature sound for The Pixies though, and emulated a little too often by later bands, IMO.
My favorite REM song...
 Cynaera wrote:
I loved/love R.E.M. because of their solid body of work, most of which kept my ears and brain very happy. There are still a few exceptions that will invariably cause me to lunge for the mute button ("Mine Smell Like Honey," for one), but I'll take any R.E.M. over a lot of what's passing for "good" music these days. {#Daisy}  It'll be interesting to see if the guys pursue solo projects, whether musical or otherwise.

 
miss you so much, Cynaera...

everybody in my mushrooming multitude of homeless camps loves this marvelous song, and this album... 
Weird.  I just listened to this whole album last week for the 1st time in eons.  It ranks in the lower-half on their "album greatness scale", but this song is definitely a high point.
Possibly the only R.E.M song I like.
 max_p wrote:
Like this song.
possibly of "nirvana' type construction, namely quiet guitars followed by jamming chorus of distorted guitars

 
What you mean to say is "Pixies" type construction as they were the earlier alternative band to thrive from this song writing gimic. 

We be dancing independently...  love this song...
 
How would I get house cleaning done without RP?!  Makes it so fun!
 
Turning it up and jamming in the kitchen!

Everybody in my church loves this groovy song...
 

This song is soooo good it puts a spring in my step this autumn day...
 
Like this song.
possibly of "nirvana' type construction, namely quiet guitars followed by jamming chorus of distorted guitars
 sirdroseph wrote:


Because most of it sucks ass. I thought it was pretty self evident.
 
STUPID REMARK OF THE "SIR"!

GREAT SONG!

9


 justin4kick wrote:

Why?
 

Because most of it sucks ass. I thought it was pretty self evident.


excellent...  love this song...

 


This song is soooo good it puts a spring in my step this summer night...

 
 terrapin52 wrote:
I just ignore any R.E.M. music after Document.
 
Why?
I just ignore any R.E.M. music after Document.


This song is soooo good it puts a spring in my step this spring night...

 


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 
 Cynaera wrote:
I loved/love R.E.M. because of their solid body of work, most of which kept my ears and brain very happy. There are still a few exceptions that will invariably cause me to lunge for the mute button ("Mine Smell Like Honey," for one), but I'll take any R.E.M. over a lot of what's passing for "good" music these days. {#Daisy}  It'll be interesting to see if the guys pursue solo projects, whether musical or otherwise.
 


Yes, I absolutely agree...  the mute-button song you mention is off of that terrible new album...

love this song, from a solid album...


 
I loved/love R.E.M. because of their solid body of work, most of which kept my ears and brain very happy. There are still a few exceptions that will invariably cause me to lunge for the mute button ("Mine Smell Like Honey," for one), but I'll take any R.E.M. over a lot of what's passing for "good" music these days. {#Daisy}  It'll be interesting to see if the guys pursue solo projects, whether musical or otherwise.

Fun game: every time Michael Stipe says "me" in a song, take a drink! {#Drunk}

I miss you already, R.E.M. {#Cry}


I'll dance to this...

 
One of the better songs on this album.  IMO the chorus is a bit weak, but man that groove they've got going in the verses between bass, drums, and tremolo guitar is awesome.
 Proclivities wrote:


Well, this album is from 1994 - arguably within their "decade of fame".

 

Fame maybe, but their decade of quality was the 80s.{#Yes}
 Quixmundi wrote:

Would someone please tell REM their decade of fame is over? These guys keep recycling the same monotonous sound. Arty lyrics got stale long ago.  All in all...I'm so over REM


 

Well, this album is from 1994 - arguably within their "decade of fame".



We be dancing...  love it...