Michael Stipe, the longtime lead singer of REM until its breakup in 2011, posted a message about David Bowie to the band's Facebook account. It recalls the starry-eyed wonder of his tribute to Andy Kaufman in "Man on the Moon."


Stipe has long been an established fan of Bowie's. Commenting once on Bowie's "Ashes to Ashes," he said, "It’s so audacious as a piece of writing. You can go into any bar in the world, and if they play that song, watch people around the room. Each will sing along to a separate part. There’s about seven parts people sing along to. It's the audacity of not only writing about Major Tom, but then making it this flawless mess."

Can't argue with that.