Artist: R.E.M. Biography

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Artist R.E.M. Biography Info


R.E.M. 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

1,195,646
8,224,978
Download Everybody Hurts - R.E.M. Music

Everybody Hurts

696,702
3,734,171
Download Man on the Moon - R.E.M. Music

Man on the Moon

564,890
2,904,885
Download Shiny Happy People - R.E.M. Music

Shiny Happy People

512,531
2,231,540
Download Imitation of Life - R.E.M. Music

Imitation of Life

418,357
2,110,947
Download Nightswimming - R.E.M. Music

Nightswimming

390,364
1,950,108
Download Orange Crush - R.E.M. Music

Orange Crush

366,880
1,619,844
Download The One I Love - R.E.M. Music

The One I Love

359,680
1,666,505
Download The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite - R.E.M. Music

The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite

359,454
1,500,438
Download Drive - R.E.M. Music

Drive

344,356
1,564,980
Download Bad Day - R.E.M. Music

Bad Day

293,447
1,411,704
Download Stand - R.E.M. Music

Stand

259,600
1,008,956
Download The Great Beyond - R.E.M. Music

The Great Beyond

258,575
1,124,763
Download Radio Free Europe - R.E.M. Music

Radio Free Europe

226,201
889,357
Download Daysleeper - R.E.M. Music

Daysleeper

225,761
981,740
Download Electrolite - R.E.M. Music

Electrolite

224,605
886,695
Download Sweetness Follows - R.E.M. Music

Sweetness Follows

217,635
791,403
Download At My Most Beautiful - R.E.M. Music

At My Most Beautiful

211,683
921,673
Download Find the River - R.E.M. Music

Find the River

204,974
823,990
Download Try Not to Breathe - R.E.M. Music

Try Not to Breathe

194,377
810,045
Download E-bow the Letter - R.E.M. Music

E-bow the Letter

192,207
839,582
Download Monty Got a Raw Deal - R.E.M. Music

Monty Got a Raw Deal

173,206
628,529
Download Ignoreland - R.E.M. Music

Ignoreland

161,574
582,110
Download Radio Song - R.E.M. Music

Radio Song

159,177
508,484
Download Half a World Away - R.E.M. Music

Half a World Away

157,919
560,400
Download All The Right Friends - R.E.M. Music

All The Right Friends

157,148
539,931
Download Star Me Kitten - R.E.M. Music

Star Me Kitten

154,928
526,033
Download Near Wild Heaven - R.E.M. Music

Near Wild Heaven

149,322
537,966
Download Talk About the Passion - R.E.M. Music

Talk About the Passion

143,953
541,806
Download Country Feedback - R.E.M. Music

Country Feedback

141,651
513,490
Download Supernatural Superserious - R.E.M. Music

Supernatural Superserious

141,305
770,831
Download Animal - R.E.M. Music

Animal

139,730
474,852
Download Leaving New York - R.E.M. Music

Leaving New York

139,267
676,020
Download Fall on Me - R.E.M. Music

Fall on Me

137,490
579,395
Download All the Way to Reno - R.E.M. Music

All the Way to Reno

136,645
501,585
Download Low - R.E.M. Music

Low

132,128
442,071
Download Finest Worksong - R.E.M. Music

Finest Worksong

122,636
431,183