R.E.M. was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, formed in 1980 by singer Michael Stipe, guitarist
Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry.
They have sold over 85 million records worldwide.
In 2007, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
R.E.M. disbanded amicably in September 2011, announcing the split on its website.
Also known as:
Hornets Attack Victor Mature, Bingo Hand Job,It Crawled from the South
Athens, Georgia, United States
Alternative rock, college rock, jangle pop
Automatic Baby, The Baseball Project, Hindu Love Gods, The Minus 5, Tuatara, Tired Pony
'We sat up one night,' says Michael, 'and we just got completely drunk and rolled around the floor. We had all this chalk,
and we took every name anyone could think of and we wrote it on the wall in the living room. When morning rolled around,
we pointed and erased, and it was between R.E.M. and Negro Eyes, and we thought that probably wouldn't go over too well
outside our immediate circle of friends!"
Stipe being interviewed on German TV from 1985 stated that it doesn't mean anything and, when pressed to 'think up' something,
that when he was very young his grandmother used to tell him to 'Remember Every Moment.'
'Rapid Ear Movement' was a Six CD limited edition box set released in 2000.
Which is a pun on Rapid Eye Movement.
R.E.M. was the first band to play Chicago's "Metro" in 1982
In 2007, R.E.M. was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In late 1997 drummer Bill Berry left the band
R.E.M. was originally signed to I.R.S. Records.
The group was formed in 1980, in in Athens, Georgia at the University of Georgia.
Rolling Stone Magazine's "Album of the Year." ("Murmur")
MTV Video Music Award for Best Post Modern Video. "Orange Crush"
6 MTV Video Music Awards including Video of the Year, Best Group Video, Best Direction (Tarsem), Best Art Direction (Jose Montana), Best Editing (Robert Duffy), and Breakthrough Video,
2 Billboard Music Awards for Top Modern Rock Artist and Top World Album.
3 Grammy Awards for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group ("Losing My Religion"), Best Alternative Music Performance (Out Of Time), and Best Music Video, Short Form ("Losing My Religion")
Brit Award for Best International Group
Rock the Vote Patrick Lippert Award.
4 MTV Video Music Awards including Breakthrough Video, Best Direction (Jake Scott), Best Editing (Pat Sheffield), and Best Cinematography (Harris Savides),
MTV Video Music Award's Video Vanguard Award
"We've made our own decisions. We haven't let other people tell us what to do. We all believe that the band is more important than our individual egos,"
"Not at all. I consider the 3 of us to be extremely political, as citizens, and I separate our necessity, who we are
is public figures, and what we do is musicians, as creative people, for who we are, we’re private citizens."
"When you think you've had too much of this life, well hang on. Everybody hurts, take comfort in your friends. Everybody hurts. Don't throw your hand. When you feel like you're alone. No, no, no, you're not alone."
"Slash and burn, return, listen to yourself churn. Lock him in uniform and book burning, blood letting. Every motive escalate. Automotive incinerate. Light a candle, light a motive. Step down, step down. Watch a heel crush, crush. Uh oh, this means no fear - cavalier. Renegade and steer clear! A tournament, a tournament, a tournament of lies. Offer me solutions, offer me alternatives and I decline."