Overnight Somehow, R.E.M. Are Now Irish

Mar 14th, 2008 // 5 Comments

atveryleastthehorribleeyemakeupisgone.jpgThe Broadcasting Commission of Ireland has determined that, for their purposes, R.E.M. can now be considered an Irish band. This might be somewhat surprising to, say, Americans who have assumed for sometime that considering the band was formed in Athens, Georgia they would be one of our own. Apparently not.

Actually, Irish radio stations are required to hold aside around 30 percent of their spins for Irish acts–which has kept the guy from the Hothouse Flowers off the unemployment lines, I imagine–and since R.E.M. recorded Accelerate in Ireland, the album can be considered Irish for those purposes. For obvious reasons, this development was upsetting to actual Irish musicians, however, several smooth jazz musicians have been reported to be researching cheap studios in Dublin with good sax miking. [The Independent]

  1. Al Shipley

    We traded them for Carly Smithson.

  2. brasstax

    @Al Shipley: I demand a do-over.

  3. Chris Molanphy

    @brasstax: I dunno — the buzz on Accelerate is good, but if Around the Sun had been the Dublin album? That’d be a close call.

  4. Lax Danja House

    While I’m very proud of our ability to claim any successful Northern Irish act as “Irish” and disown the rest as “British,” claiming once-legendary-but-now-kind-of-crap Athenians is just kind of weird. Although I think we still own the rights to David Gray, embarrassingly enough.

  5. cheesebubble

    Hey Ireland! On behalf of Canada, I’d like to offer you Nickelback in return for The Pogues.

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