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Mike Mills R.E.M.

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by shrimpflea, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. Before I played bass back in the 1980's R.E.M. was one of my favorite bands. Wasn't until the late 1990's when I started playing bass that I realized how good a bass player he was.

    Mills with R.E.M. video
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  2. Rune Bivrin

    Rune Bivrin Supporting Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    Huddinge, Sweden
    Great playing. Singing - not so much...
  3. t77mackie


    Jun 13, 2012
    Wormtown, MA
    REM was never my cup of tea when they were in their heyday. However I always respected the earnestness, honesty, and sincerity of their songwriting and the vulnerability of the vocal performances. I appreciate that more and more as I grow old(er). Few bands have this quality of genuineness and is something that more songwriters should strive for. A song like Buck Cherry's 'Crazy Bitch' may sell and be fun to listen to, but, in the end what did we really get?

    (Not to single out BC, I kinda dig them a tiny bit - just the 1st song that came to my mind...)
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  4. Huge REM fan here since Murmur first came out. Great tunes, great musicians. Yes, Mike's vocals in the linked video leave a bit to be desired but nothing a little autotune couldn't fix.
  5. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    Listening to Document right now. Excellent musical craftsmanship all around. I've always liked the bass lines but just recently started listening to all of their stuff and not just the hits. Every line is just perfect for the song.
  6. Ack, yeah, pull that link and replace it with something better.

    The album version is much better.

    He's a big reason I got a Rick, Tommy Stinson too.
  7. ChopperDave

    ChopperDave Hai-ohhhhhhh!

    Nov 14, 2012
    Boston, MA
    Even though I've never played in a band that sounded anything like REM, he's one of my biggest influences. Top three, easily. I don't know if he gets enough credit for shaping their sound.
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  8. Pretty good picker of college basketball winners as well (classic case of the rich getting richer!).
  9. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Just played Man On the Moon on my acoustic love the band.
  10. Milk


    Sep 16, 2013
    Montreal, Canada
    Mainly like his early playing. The only REM song i've ever bothered picking up s Radio Free Europe. I still play it once in a while. This is the kind of melodic bassline i really dig.
  11. Jeff Elkins

    Jeff Elkins Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2007
    East Tennessee
    Me. Too.

    I studied Fables of the Reconstruction for a while after picking up the cassette... Now I'm going to have to dig the cd up.
  12. ChopperDave

    ChopperDave Hai-ohhhhhhh!

    Nov 14, 2012
    Boston, MA

    I'm listening to So. Central Rain right now, as it's rain/snowing here. There's a lot about his work there I can really dig, even if those high-register things between choruses and verses are a little hokey.
  13. 10cc


    Oct 28, 2013
  14. corinpills


    Nov 19, 2000
    Boston, MA
    One of the cool non-bass things about Mike Mills is the way he often sings a vocal hook that's not a harmony of Michael Stipe's part. He has all these sneaky little parts that get stuck in your head.
  15. Always loved Mike Mills' melodic yet driving style on Driver 8. Perfect bass playing that couldn't be better.
  16. Erich Bruning

    Erich Bruning

    Nov 25, 2003
    REM is one of the top bands on my list. I love what Mills does with a pretty straight forward set up.
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  17. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    I always liked his playing and as for the vocals sound ok to me .I like folky true vocals and for that song.they work.
  18. IIRC Mills' vocals figured heavily into Texarkana, I've always liked that one.
  19. ChopperDave

    ChopperDave Hai-ohhhhhhh!

    Nov 14, 2012
    Boston, MA
    Yeah, he sings lead on that and "Near Wild Heaven" on Out of Time.
  20. davidrf


    Aug 8, 2011
    I think Mike Mills is a hugely underrated musician. His bass lines are always cool but they never claim the spotlight. They serve perfectly the songs without becoming the obvious protagonist or overdoing anything. Very clever and tasteful bass playing.

    And let's not forget he is the chief composer of many of R.E.M. songs, and he plays the piano too (Nightswimming anyone?).
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