Artist: R.E.M. Biography

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R.E.M.
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.

Top Track "R.E.M."

Losing My Religion - R.E.M.

Losing My Religion

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8,113,213
Everybody Hurts - R.E.M.

Everybody Hurts

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Man on the Moon - R.E.M.

Man on the Moon

561,405
2,882,875
Shiny Happy People - R.E.M.

Shiny Happy People

508,647
2,206,307
Imitation of Life - R.E.M.

Imitation of Life

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2,100,700
Nightswimming - R.E.M.

Nightswimming

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Orange Crush - R.E.M.

Orange Crush

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1,615,778
The One I Love - R.E.M.

The One I Love

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The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite - R.E.M.

The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite

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1,492,130
Drive - R.E.M.

Drive

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1,551,166
Bad Day - R.E.M.

Bad Day

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1,407,631
Stand - R.E.M.

Stand

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1,006,322
The Great Beyond - R.E.M.

The Great Beyond

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1,121,226
Daysleeper - R.E.M.

Daysleeper

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Radio Free Europe - R.E.M.

Radio Free Europe

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Electrolite - R.E.M.

Electrolite

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Sweetness Follows - R.E.M.

Sweetness Follows

216,764
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At My Most Beautiful - R.E.M.

At My Most Beautiful

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Find the River - R.E.M.

Find the River

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815,452
Try Not to Breathe - R.E.M.

Try Not to Breathe

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E-bow the Letter - R.E.M.

E-bow the Letter

191,561
835,752
Monty Got a Raw Deal - R.E.M.

Monty Got a Raw Deal

172,384
624,679
Ignoreland - R.E.M.

Ignoreland

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578,720
Radio Song - R.E.M.

Radio Song

158,436
505,100
Half a World Away - R.E.M.

Half a World Away

157,278
557,210
All The Right Friends - R.E.M.

All The Right Friends

156,918
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Star Me Kitten - R.E.M.

Star Me Kitten

154,208
522,996
Near Wild Heaven - R.E.M.

Near Wild Heaven

148,485
534,098
Talk About the Passion - R.E.M.

Talk About the Passion

143,208
538,020
Country Feedback - R.E.M.

Country Feedback

141,164
510,771
Supernatural Superserious - R.E.M.

Supernatural Superserious

140,975
768,695
Animal - R.E.M.

Animal

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474,100
Leaving New York - R.E.M.

Leaving New York

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Fall on Me - R.E.M.

Fall on Me

137,035
576,002
All the Way to Reno - R.E.M.

All the Way to Reno

136,568
501,042
Low - R.E.M.

Low

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439,525
Finest Worksong - R.E.M.

Finest Worksong

122,245
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Belong - R.E.M.

Belong

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389,014
Perfect Circle - R.E.M.

Perfect Circle

117,525
419,348
Texarkana - R.E.M.

Texarkana

117,113
404,119
Driver 8 - R.E.M.

Driver 8

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446,788
Endgame - R.E.M.

Endgame

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340,727
Me in Honey - R.E.M.

Me in Honey

109,788
366,551
So. Central Rain - R.E.M.

So. Central Rain

106,275
404,462
Bang and Blame - R.E.M.

Bang and Blame

106,172
408,151
Sitting Still - R.E.M.

Sitting Still

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