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Does anyone know of any REM songs that deal with the 1950-60 era? I thought that maybe "Orange Crush got a little into some War Fare stuff, but im not sure, thanks...

-- ryan (, February 28, 2000


yeah, orange crush is about agent orange, some sort of gas which was used in vietnam

-- queen bitch (, April 04, 2000.

I believe that "Monty Got A Raw Deal" is about Montgomery Clift, a famous and creative actor of that time period... the actual song makes little sense to me beyond this, however, and I was kind of hoping that someone could help me out. (please?)

-- gloria welling (, April 04, 2000.

'Exhuming Mcarthy' is about Senator Joseph Mcarthy who was in charge of the anti-communist witch-hunts of the 50's and 60's in which many innocent people were killed simply because they were seen as a revelutionary 'threat' by the right-wing government of America at the time.Many lines in the song show this such as 'look who bought the myth' which is about all the propoganda the government used, and Mike Mills' almost hidden line, 'meet me at the book-burning'.This refers to the books that were burnt just because they had any mention of communism.That sucks!It's kind of like that film, 'Fahrenheit 451' where the fire brigade go around burning all books and printed matter.

-- matt p (, July 10, 2000.

Are you sure Mcarthy is not Pat Mcarthy?????

-- darragh (, August 01, 2000.

Er, nope McCarthy died in 1957:)

-- Lisa (, August 01, 2000.

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