Joseph LongWith all respect (yes you, Andy), it is a fair question Despite the global presence and success of U2 (to a greater extent than their Athens counterparts), the artistic merit, critical reception, longevity, and actual musical legacy and impact of R.E.M. gives them, if nothing else, a seat at the table in a conversation about the two.
Joseph Long...of course, I never said we were strictly speaking of music, so perhaps several of you are more right in questioning the fairness of the comparison. Rats. Hate it when I think I'm right. Then I end ip wrong. Maybe.