By Gretchen Hansen
June 30, 2008 at 05:12 PM EDT

I’ve always wanted to see R.E.M. live, so I was jealous when a friend of mine had tickets to the band’s recent concert at Madison Square Garden and wouldn’t shut up about it. Since I couldn’t attend, I had one request: ”Call me and hold the phone up when they play ‘Losing My Religion.”’

Which got me wondering: Do people still do the ”hold up the phone” thing? When you’re on the receiving end, the quality is terrible and you can barely hear anything over the screaming, but I think there’s still some novelty in hearing a band live. Even if you’re hearing it on your cell phone from your bedroom. What do you think? And if you’ve engaged in this practice at any time in recent history, which artist and song were involved?

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