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Thursday, December 08, 2011

Our Favorite Bridge School Benefit Memory: R.E.M. & Neil Young on "Country Feedback" - 1998

R.E.M. & Neil Young on "Country Feedback" from Bridge School Benefit in 1998. 

This performance is -- without a doubt -- one of R.E.M's finest of one their most loved songs.


Which -- naturally -- would also make this one of our favorite tracks on the Bridge School Concert 25th Anniversary package set

Also, one of our all time favorite Bridge moments occurs at about ~1:10. Watch it and feel the sheer awe of Michael Stipe as he takes in the moment. Stipe sits down on the stage, in an awe-like reverence  while literally gnawing his fingers. Then when Stipe sings, his voice cracks with emotion.

Neil Young's acoustic rhythm on the song is just so simply stunning in his most achingly acoustic, hauntingly-beautiful-spook-in-the-muse transcendence. 

Magic. Breathless. 

The DVD playing through the ol' hi-fi stereo at "11" is well... in the parlance of our times... just freakin' awesome. 

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At 12/08/2011 11:49:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cool no mention of ohio/occupation

At 12/09/2011 07:12:00 AM, Blogger MARIAN M. said...


I got to see this (25th Anniversary DVD set) on 10/24/11 at my theater, and to see this full size on screen was breathtaking...literally. I REALLY felt like I was there on stage with them.

It so touched my heart that the next day I went to Amazon (via your link of course) and purchased it. It made a wonderful birthday present for me!

I find that I play this song (Country Feedback) more than any others (and often!)

To know they were giving this pure music to the children just blesses my heart!

Thanks for reminding me!!!!

Keep on watching in the free world!

Marian M.

At 12/09/2011 08:42:00 AM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

Mike is one big sopping head case who wears his heart on his sleeve all the time... don't ya just love what pours of this guy?

This flower is scorched
This film is on
On a maddening loop
These clothes
These clothes don't fit us right
I'm to blame
It's all the same
It's all the same

You come to me with the phone in your hand
You come to me with your hair curled tight
You come to me with positions
You come to me with excuses
Decked out in a robe
You wear me out
You wear me out

We've been through fake-a-breakdown
Self hurt
Plastics, collections
Self help, self pain,
EST, psychics, fuck all
I was central
I had control
I lost my head
I need this
I need this
A paper weight, junk garage
Winter rain, a honey pot
Crazy, all the lovers have been tagged
A hotline, a wanted add
It's crazy what you could've had
It's crazy what you could've had
It's crazy what you could've had
I need
I need this
It's crazy what you could've had
It's crazy what you could've had
I need
I need this
It's crazy what you could've had
It's crazy what you could've had
I need
I, I need this
It's crazy what you could've had
I need this
It's crazy what you could've had
It's crazy what you could've had
I need this
I, I need this
It's crazy what you could've had
It's crazy what you could've had

At 12/09/2011 08:47:00 AM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

Anon, if the thought of people getting a bad break in life is disturbing... you need this, man, you need this...

At 12/09/2011 01:32:00 PM, Blogger Mr Henry said...

It's crazy what you could have had....

What an incredible performance of a unique and powerful song. Listening and watching made me think of the song Blue, with a sound and feel much the same as Country Feedback, and the same sense of deep mystery. It's the last song on REM's last album, with Michael Stipe and Patti Smith equally sublime.

I love the smile from Peter Buck. Then the way Neil gives Pete a nice quick hug right at the end. And I love Neil's beard from back then...kind of looks like Walter Huston in Treasure of the Sierra Madre.

Thanks TW for highlighting this for everyone! Hope things are going well for all.

RIP Barry Cowsill (from Keli)

happy birthday to my sweetums....

I was dreaming of the past
And my heart was beating fast
--John Lennon

I love the flower girl
Was she reality
Or just a dream to me
--Artie Kornfeld and Steven Duboff

At 12/11/2011 09:52:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@Marian M. - great you made it to this in a theater. That must've been cool.

Glad you enjoyed again. We're keepin' on watchin'!

@MNOTR - thanks for posting lyrics.

"It's crazy what you could've had"

@Mr H - yes, that smile from Peter Buck says so much. says it all. Peter B gets it. And so do we.

At 12/11/2011 10:15:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I honestly did not know this footage existed. If I had to rate my favorite musicians ( and I'm kind of glad I don't) Neil would occupy the number one spot and REM would be a strong number two. Sadly, I never got a chance to see them live and now never will. Thanks for the video, I'll be watching it often. And Merry Christmas all TWers, and especially you Thrash and Thrashette.
One of eleventhousand

At 12/12/2011 07:07:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Neil Young's acoustic rhythm on the song is just so simply stunning in his most achingly acoustic, hauntingly-beautiful-spook-in-the-muse transcendence."

Very eloquently written, one problem is very evident that Peter Buck was playing acoustic rhythm, and Neil was playing acoustic LEAD...

At 12/13/2011 01:12:00 AM, Blogger Mr Henry said...

don't worry anon...never say never my friend....neil and rem will rise again, together and alone

At 12/13/2011 09:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Henry, I've seen Neil many, many times, going back to "Tonight's the Night" tour. I was refering to REM who I've never seen live. I hope you're right about REM,and I'm sure we'll see more of Neil soon.
one of eleventhousand

At 12/27/2011 04:40:00 AM, Blogger doc said...

Neil and REM are a great combination. I like to see an album of Neil and Michael doin' each others songs.



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