There have been multiple references to R.E.M. as College Music in this thread: Anybody remember the genre of “College Music” from circa 1990? https://r.tapatalk.com/shareLink?ur...share_tid=842311&share_fid=78013&share_type=t Many posters have grouped them with bands that, largely, were formed after them (and in some cases probably because of them,) generally on or about 1987 or 1988 (pulling an educated guess at a year from the air.) Rather than hijack the College Music of the 90s thread, I thought I’d branch off a thread of my own. My general terms of inquiry are this: R.E.M. themselves put out the Chronic Town EP in ’82 followed by Murmur the next year. This puts R.E.M. and their Athens, GA contemporaries more at the end of the Post-Punk, beginning of the Hardcore eras; yet they bear few of the stylistic hallmarks of Post-Punk and certainly none (other than an independent, DYI process and aesthetic) of Hardcore. They were, in fact, something new and the argument that they influenced later bands lumped in as College Rock in the 90s seems all but overtly assumed as fact in the College Music thread thus far. What I’m curious about is what others see as the influence and lineage from R.E.M. to the College/Alternative/Indie music of the ‘90s. What other bands that started around the same time as R.E.M. – but like R.E.M., were not immediately, easily or handily identifiable as Punk, Post-Punk or Hardcore – influenced the continued evolution of underground music in the years, say, post-Clash, pre-Nevermind? Thoughts? Rants? Hypotheses? Theses? Scholarly Dissertations? Go!