REM: Losing My Religion

Is it just coincidence? The day that Benedikt XVI is visiting Berlin on his first official state visit to his home country, REM announces their retirement and disappearance into the great history of Rock’n’Roll. Now, you can, of course, wonder about their respective relevance… John Lennon once claimed the Beatles would have been bigger than Jesus. REM took a different approach, and Michael Stipe was not actually singing about the pope when he came up with those words:

Ohhh, life is bigger,
it´s bigger than you
and you are not me…

(Losing My Religion – REM 1991)