Today, R.E.M.’s “Mine Smells Like Honey,” yet another premature release from the band’s impending record, Collapse Into Now, was tossed into rotation on Rock N’ Roll radio and thoroughly enjoyed by many. Peter Buck’s axe play is a fusion of his fret-work on “South Central Rain (I’m Sorry)” and “What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?” Michael Stipe’s vocals range from his patented nasally twang down to a low guttural quiver. And the track may or may not be a metaphor criticizing the smug assholes of this world who believe the fumes emitting off their feces do not stink…although, it might also be commending those who fail to take “no” as an answer. But that’s for you to decide.
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