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Michael Stipe shares more details about his local past

R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe - Image via Wikipedia

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Interview Magazine recently published an interview with Michael Stipe where the R.E.M. singer gives details about his time living in the St. Louis area, buying Patti Smith's album Horses, and his move to Georgia to follow his parents after the money ran out trying to stick in the late 1970s punk scene in St. Louis.  The interview is choppy at times, but Stipe gives some interesting details about his life at various points - even details regarding song lyrics.  

As a fellow graduate of Collinsville High School myself I used to love stories that my chemistry teacher, Mrs. Enoch, used to tell about having Stipe in class earlier in her career. You can see his senior picture inside the booklet for the R.E.M. compilation album from I.R.S., Eponymous covered with the words "They airbrushed my face" a nod to his teenage acne.  

Of course a few facts were wrong in the interview and Stipe may have gotten them wrong himself. Stipe attended Southern Illnois University at Edwardsville (again I'm alum) which is part of the same system as Southern Illnois University at Carbondale. The University of Illinois has multiple campuses in other cities notably Chicago and Springfield, with the main U of I campus in Urbana-Champaign, of course.

I'm pretty sure that Stipe didn't spend too much time in East St. Louis as a teenager, but Collinsville is just up the road and he was likely just speaking in general terms. See a previous post for a video of Stipe hanging out with friends in U-City about to see Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Via A to Z, The Riverfront Times Music Blog

Happy Birthday Michael Stipe!

The staff here at 3 Minute Record would like to wish R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe a very happy 51st birthday today! Born in Decatur, GA on January 4, 1960, Stipe made a name for himself as the singer of one of the most seminal bands of the last 30 years. Naturally shy in nature, Stipe overcame his fears and used his stardom to pursue outside interests like political activism, art, film, photography, and charitable causes. Entering its fourth decade as a band, R.E.M. will be releasing their new album Collapse Into Now on March 8, 2011.

Some of you may know that Stipe spent some of his childhood in St. Louis region, specifically the Metro East and graduated from Collinsville High School in 1978 before moving back to his native Georgia for college. Eventually, he met Peter Buck working in the Wuxtry record store in Athens and the two formed R.E.M. with Macon, GA natives Mike Mills and Bill Berry.

Just for fun here's a clip from a St. Louis news station in the late 1970's featuring Stipe dressed up for a showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Varsity Theatre. Scroll to 1:25 or so in the clip to see Stipe in full make-up and Horror garb. He's asked about how those dressed around him could look normal and Stipe makes a sarcastic comment to listeners of local rock station KSHE-95 and their jeans and "pig" t-shirts; referring to the iconic Sweet Meat mascot (ripped from the cover of the 1969 Blodwyn Pig album Ahead Rings Out). The crowd around him laughs at the comment making it clear that the music played on KSHE does not reflect their tastes. St. Louis viewers may also recognize longtime news reporters Dick Ford and John Auble in the clip. Thanks to the Riverfront Times blog A to Z for the direction to the video.