Brendan Kelly (The Lawrence Arms) explains why he hates R.E.M.’s “Shiny Happy People”

The Lawrence Arms frontman Brendan Kelly is not known for keeping his thoughts to himself. This time he’s letting the world know that he hates the song “Shiny Happy People” by R.E.M.

But he doesn’t simply hate the song, it goes much deeper than that. Kelly explains, in part:

“There are a lot of criteria that goes into deciding what makes a song bad, especially what makes a song epically bad. But when push comes to shove, the main reason I hate this fucking song is that it’s so annoying on every single possible level. The lyrics irritate me, that fucking jangly riff in the beginning of it makes me insane, and the sad French circus breakdown is fucking pompous. I think there’s an intellectual reason to hate this song and there’s a visceral reason to hate this song, and I firmly hate it for both reasons.”

Check out Kelly’s full interview in A.V. Club’s “HateSong” here.


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