R.E.M.

R.E.M.

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R.E.M. were an alternative rock band formed in Athens, Georgia, United States in 1980. The band originally consisted of Michael Stipe (vocals), Peter Buck (guitar, mandolin), Mike Mills (bass, keyboards, vocals) and Bill Berry (drums). Berry retired from the band in October 1997 after having suffered a brain aneurysm in 1995. R.E.M. released its first single, "Radio Free Europe", in 1981 on the independent record label Hib-Tone. More Info »

Top Albums

  • Out of Time
    Out of Time
  • Automatic for the People
    Automatic for the People
  • In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003
    In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003
  • In Time: The Best Of R.E.M., 1988-2003
    In Time: The Best Of R.E.M., 1988-2003
  • Document
    Document
  • Monster
    Monster
  • Green
    Green
  • Murmur
    Murmur
  • Document (R.E.M. No. 5)
    Document (R.E.M. No. 5)
  • New Adventures in Hi-Fi
    New Adventures in Hi-Fi
  • Reveal
    Reveal
  • Up
    Up
  • Accelerate
    Accelerate
  • Eponymous
    Eponymous
  • Around the Sun
    Around the Sun
  • Reckoning
    Reckoning
  • And I Feel Fine.....The Best Of The IRS Years 82-87 Collector's Edition
    And I Feel Fine.....The Best Of The IRS Years 82-87 Collector's Edition
  • Gold
    Gold
  • Life's Rich Pageant
    Life's Rich Pageant
  • Fables of the Reconstruction
    Fables of the Reconstruction
  • Dead Letter Office
    Dead Letter Office
  • The Best Of R.E.M.
    The Best Of R.E.M.
  • Lifes Rich Pageant
    Lifes Rich Pageant
  • Document - 25th Anniversary Edition
    Document - 25th Anniversary Edition
  • 2003-09-30: Toronto, Ontario, CA
    2003-09-30: Toronto, Ontario, CA
  • Life's Rich Pageant (Deluxe Edition)
    Life's Rich Pageant (Deluxe Edition)
  • R.E.M. Live
    R.E.M. Live
  • And I Feel Fine.....The Best Of The IRS Years 82-87
    And I Feel Fine.....The Best Of The IRS Years 82-87
  • Unplugged
    Unplugged
  • Man on the Moon
    Man on the Moon
  • Document (Digitally Remastered 99)
    Document (Digitally Remastered 99)
  • Murmur - Deluxe Edition
    Murmur - Deluxe Edition
  • Fables of the Reconstruction (Deluxe Edition)
    Fables of the Reconstruction (Deluxe Edition)
  • Chronic Town
    Chronic Town
  • Last Defenders of the Faith (live)
    Last Defenders of the Faith (live)
  • Reckoning - Deluxe Edition
    Reckoning - Deluxe Edition
  • Singles Collected
    Singles Collected
  • Reconstruction Of The Fables
    Reconstruction Of The Fables
  • Drive
    Drive
  • New Adventures In Hifi
    New Adventures In Hifi
  • 20 Years of R.E.M.
    20 Years of R.E.M.
  • Murmur (Reissue)
    Murmur (Reissue)
  • The Very Best Of
    The Very Best Of
  • Nightswimming
    Nightswimming
  • Leaving New York
    Leaving New York
  • Losing My Religion
    Losing My Religion
  • Document (The I.R.S. Years Vintage 1987)
    Document (The I.R.S. Years Vintage 1987)
  • Tour '95 (Part 2)
    Tour '95 (Part 2)

R.E.M.. Artist Bio

R.E.M. were an alternative rock band formed in Athens, Georgia, United States in 1980. The band originally consisted of Michael Stipe (vocals), Peter Buck (guitar, mandolin), Mike Mills (bass, keyboards, vocals) and Bill Berry (drums). Berry retired from the band in October 1997 after having suffered a brain aneurysm in 1995.

R.E.M. released its first single, "Radio Free Europe", in 1981 on the independent record label Hib-Tone. The single was followed by the Chronic Town EP in 1982, the band's first release on I.R.S. Records. In 1983, the group released its critically acclaimed debut album, Murmur, and built its reputation over the next few years through subsequent releases, constant touring, and the support of college radio. Following years of underground success, R.E.M. achieved a mainstream hit in 1987 with the single "The One I Love". The group signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1988, and began to espouse political and environmental concerns while playing large arenas worldwide.

By the early 1990s, when alternative rock began to experience broad mainstream success, R.E.M. was viewed as a pioneer of the genre and released its two most commercially successful albums, Out of Time (1991) and Automatic for the People (1992), which veered from the band's established sound. R.E.M.'s 1994 release, Monster, was a return to a more rock-oriented sound. The band began its first tour in six years to support the album; the tour was marred by medical emergencies suffered by three band members. In 1996, R.E.M. re-signed with Warner Bros. for a reported US$80 million, at the time the most expensive recording contract in history. The following year, Bill Berry left the band, while Buck, Mills, and Stipe continued the group as a three-piece. Through some changes in musical style, the band continued its career into the next decade with mixed critical and commercial success. In 2007, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

On 21 September 2011, after over 30 years together, R.E.M. announced that they had split up.

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