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Yes, That's He In The Corner: R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe and Mike Mills

-- R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, hammering out lyrics during the group's recent recording sessions in Vancouver, British Columbia (bassist Mike Mills, meanwhile, mills about the keyboards at left). The Athens, Ga., trio -- Stipe, Mills, and guitarist Peter Buck -- is working on new material for both its 13th studio album, due next year, and an upcoming greatest-hits collection. ''[The songs] are polar opposites,'' says Stipe of the tunes, which include the politically charged ''Bad Day.'' ''They're either very loud and rude and f -- -ed-up sounding, or they're really quiet and soft and f -- -ed-up sounding.''

Originally posted May 02, 2003 Published in issue #708 May 02, 2003 Order article reprints

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