U2 vs. R.E.M.

Throughout that decade and the early 1990s, a fierce rivalry existed between R.E.M. and U2—not in real life, mind you, but in my head.

Despite all of my righteous teenage anger on R.E.M.’s behalf, U2 and R.E.M. were entirely friendly. Bono even discusses Stipe in U2 by U2: “Michael Stipe’s friendship means more to me than I can ever tell you,” he says on Page 162. Then, he doesn’t mention Stipe’s name again in the book.

I also spent considerable time in my formative years trying to figure out whether U2 or R.E.M. was better. I still don’t know.

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