Artist: R.E.M. Biography

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Artist R.E.M. Biography Info


R.E.M. (an acronym for Rapid Eye Movement) was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, that was formed in 1980 by drummer Bill Berry, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist/backing vocalist Mike Mills, and lead vocalist Michael Stipe. One of the first alternative rock bands, R.E.M. was noted for Buck's ringing, arpeggiated guitar style, Stipe's distinctive vocal quality and obscure lyrics, Mills' melodic basslines and backing vocals, and Berry's tight, economical style of drumming. 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 by subsequent acts such as Nirvana and Pavement as a pioneer of the genre. The band then 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 and catapulted it to international fame. R.E.M.'s 1994 release, Monster, was a return to a more rock-oriented sound, but still continued its run of success. The band began its first tour in six years to support the album; the tour was marred by medical emergencies suffered by three of the 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. Its 1996 release, New Adventures in Hi-Fi, though critically acclaimed, fared worse commercially than its predecessors. The following year, Bill Berry left the band, while Stipe, Buck, and Mills continued the group as a trio. Through some changes in musical style, the band continued its career into the next decade with mixed critical and commercial success, despite having sold more than 85 million albums worldwide and becoming one of the world's best-selling music artists of all time.[7] In 2007, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in their first year of eligibility. R.E.M. disbanded amicably in September 2011, announcing the split on its website.


"R.E.M." Music List

Download Losing My Religion - R.E.M. Music

Losing My Religion

1,184,967
8,098,764
Download Everybody Hurts - R.E.M. Music

Everybody Hurts

691,364
3,698,027
Download Man on the Moon - R.E.M. Music

Man on the Moon

560,993
2,880,246
Download Shiny Happy People - R.E.M. Music

Shiny Happy People

508,158
2,203,215
Download Imitation of Life - R.E.M. Music

Imitation of Life

417,050
2,099,370
Download Nightswimming - R.E.M. Music

Nightswimming

387,918
1,935,715
Download Orange Crush - R.E.M. Music

Orange Crush

366,345
1,615,354
Download The One I Love - R.E.M. Music

The One I Love

358,659
1,657,885
Download The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite - R.E.M. Music

The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite

358,046
1,491,152
Download Drive - R.E.M. Music

Drive

341,610
1,549,226
Download Bad Day - R.E.M. Music

Bad Day

292,802
1,407,156
Download Stand - R.E.M. Music

Stand

259,220
1,005,761
Download The Great Beyond - R.E.M. Music

The Great Beyond

258,005
1,120,696
Download Daysleeper - R.E.M. Music

Daysleeper

225,124
977,664
Download Radio Free Europe - R.E.M. Music

Radio Free Europe

224,220
880,068
Download Electrolite - R.E.M. Music

Electrolite

224,021
882,816
Download Sweetness Follows - R.E.M. Music

Sweetness Follows

216,653
786,701
Download At My Most Beautiful - R.E.M. Music

At My Most Beautiful

210,956
917,368
Download Find the River - R.E.M. Music

Find the River

203,153
814,461
Download Try Not to Breathe - R.E.M. Music

Try Not to Breathe

193,250
803,788
Download E-bow the Letter - R.E.M. Music

E-bow the Letter

191,469
835,192
Download Monty Got a Raw Deal - R.E.M. Music

Monty Got a Raw Deal

172,282
624,192
Download Ignoreland - R.E.M. Music

Ignoreland

160,704
578,189
Download Radio Song - R.E.M. Music

Radio Song

158,343
504,657
Download Half a World Away - R.E.M. Music

Half a World Away

157,193
556,785
Download All The Right Friends - R.E.M. Music

All The Right Friends

156,889
538,710
Download Star Me Kitten - R.E.M. Music

Star Me Kitten

154,106
522,614
Download Near Wild Heaven - R.E.M. Music

Near Wild Heaven

148,382
533,599
Download Talk About the Passion - R.E.M. Music

Talk About the Passion

143,106
537,562
Download Country Feedback - R.E.M. Music

Country Feedback

141,095
510,401
Download Supernatural Superserious - R.E.M. Music

Supernatural Superserious

140,929
768,443
Download Animal - R.E.M. Music

Animal

139,534
473,999
Download Leaving New York - R.E.M. Music

Leaving New York

138,779
673,018
Download Fall on Me - R.E.M. Music

Fall on Me

136,975
575,512
Download All the Way to Reno - R.E.M. Music

All the Way to Reno

136,555
500,980
Download Low - R.E.M. Music

Low

131,427
439,203
Download Finest Worksong - R.E.M. Music

Finest Worksong

122,202
428,744