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

1,207,629
8,357,590
Download Everybody Hurts - R.E.M. Music

Everybody Hurts

702,313
3,774,940
Download Man on the Moon - R.E.M. Music

Man on the Moon

569,304
2,934,517
Download Shiny Happy People - R.E.M. Music

Shiny Happy People

517,710
2,265,957
Download Imitation of Life - R.E.M. Music

Imitation of Life

419,993
2,124,868
Download Nightswimming - R.E.M. Music

Nightswimming

392,961
1,966,316
Download Orange Crush - R.E.M. Music

Orange Crush

367,423
1,624,638
Download The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite - R.E.M. Music

The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite

360,944
1,511,580
Download The One I Love - R.E.M. Music

The One I Love

360,777
1,676,073
Download Drive - R.E.M. Music

Drive

347,175
1,581,788
Download Bad Day - R.E.M. Music

Bad Day

294,230
1,417,049
Download Stand - R.E.M. Music

Stand

259,974
1,011,942
Download The Great Beyond - R.E.M. Music

The Great Beyond

259,215
1,129,263
Download Radio Free Europe - R.E.M. Music

Radio Free Europe

228,069
899,504
Download Daysleeper - R.E.M. Music

Daysleeper

226,480
986,048
Download Electrolite - R.E.M. Music

Electrolite

225,283
891,465
Download Sweetness Follows - R.E.M. Music

Sweetness Follows

218,708
796,816
Download At My Most Beautiful - R.E.M. Music

At My Most Beautiful

212,439
926,198
Download Find the River - R.E.M. Music

Find the River

207,107
834,618
Download Try Not to Breathe - R.E.M. Music

Try Not to Breathe

195,589
817,146
Download E-bow the Letter - R.E.M. Music

E-bow the Letter

193,045
844,811
Download Monty Got a Raw Deal - R.E.M. Music

Monty Got a Raw Deal

174,202
633,363
Download Ignoreland - R.E.M. Music

Ignoreland

162,539
586,621
Download Radio Song - R.E.M. Music

Radio Song

160,194
512,753
Download Half a World Away - R.E.M. Music

Half a World Away

158,819
564,829
Download All The Right Friends - R.E.M. Music

All The Right Friends

157,399
541,241
Download Star Me Kitten - R.E.M. Music

Star Me Kitten

155,812
529,912
Download Near Wild Heaven - R.E.M. Music

Near Wild Heaven

150,480
543,255
Download Talk About the Passion - R.E.M. Music

Talk About the Passion

145,028
546,896
Download Country Feedback - R.E.M. Music

Country Feedback

142,313
517,290
Download Supernatural Superserious - R.E.M. Music

Supernatural Superserious

141,713
773,703
Download Animal - R.E.M. Music

Animal

139,925
475,741
Download Leaving New York - R.E.M. Music

Leaving New York

139,820
679,378
Download Fall on Me - R.E.M. Music

Fall on Me

138,114
583,721
Download All the Way to Reno - R.E.M. Music

All the Way to Reno

136,746
502,197
Download Low - R.E.M. Music

Low

132,940
445,380
Download Finest Worksong - R.E.M. Music

Finest Worksong

123,156
434,012