In his post on the Daily Weekly today, SW blogger Krist Novoselic talks about R.E.M.'s new record, and their influence on Nirvana. Check out the whole thing over here.
"They released Green in November of ‘88 with the smash hit "Stand." Like Document, and the prior releases, Green was a good listen from beginning to end. R.E.M. had a consciousness. They showed that you could be a big band and promote an awareness about the world.
At the time, Nirvana was into making weird punk / rock music. Things started to change course when Kurt wrote the tune "About A Girl." That song came out of his listening to Meet The Beatles. I knew what to do with the bass line because of my new fondness for pop songs. I was listening to a lot of R.E.M. and The Smithereens."