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REM say being geeks is their strong point

Band also find inspiration in their old records

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R.E.M have revealed they're happy being seen as a geeky group.

In fact, lead singer Michael Stipe has said it's their strong point and that the band, currently on the European leg of a world tour to promote new album 'Accelerate', are never going to be seen as cool.

He said: "We are always going to be an imperfect, weird and geeky outfit. We were that way to begin with and, to a large degree, always will be."

Stipe then added: "In fact that may be one of our strengths. Hard as we may try to make something supercool, it's just not going to happen."

Speaking to the Mirror.co.uk Stipe also said the American trio look to their past records when writing a new album.

He said: "Every time we make a new album I listen to old R.E.M records. What I usually hear are the mistakes, and that's not something I want to repeat."

Stipe also revealed he has a great admiration for his bandmates Peter Buck and Mike Mills - even 28 years down the line.

He said: "Both Mike and Peter are much smarter than I am and better read. I'm jealous of that."

Stipe added: "Mike'd know about this place and the history of the city. Same thing with Peter, and he's also got an ability to summarise a situation quickly."

The tour recently called at the T In The Park and Oxegen festivals in Scotland and Ireland, but the band come back to the UK in August for shows of their own.

The dates are:

Manchester Lancashire County Cricket Ground (August 24)
Cardiff Millennium Stadium (25)
Southampton Rose Bowl (27)
London Twickenham Stadium (30)


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