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, and Mills' melodic basslines and backing vocals. 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 records worldwide and becoming one of the world's best-selling music artists of all time.[6] 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.



Photograph is a song by musical group R.E.M., released on November 24, 2017.
Devil Rides Backwards
Devil Rides Backwards is a song by musical group R.E.M., released on October 6, 2017.
Mike's Pop Song
Mike's Pop Song is a song by musical group R.E.M., released on September 14, 2017.
New Adventures in Hi-Fi
New Adventures in Hi-Fi is the tenth studio album by the American alternative rock band R.E.M. It was their fifth major label release for Warner Bros.

Photos - R.E.M.1000

Popular Albums45

Album Appearances & References12

Popular Songs79

Popular Live Albums9

Song Appearances & References26


Minor Film Appearances & References4

TV Shows4

Collaborators & Influencers41

Other Music-Related Relationships36

Awards & Nominations25


Popular Tours1

Band Members4

You May Also Be Interested In78


Spotify - Albums & Singles85


Spotify - Appears On3


Spotify - Top Tracks10


News Articles9

Fans raise $90,000 to support R.E.M touring member Scott McCaughey after he suffers stroke
  –  November 22, 2017
R.E.M were an American rock band who formed in 1980, whose alternative rock defined much of the Eighties and Nineties. They split amicably in 2011. You can find out more about his campaign, and make a donation, here. If you’ve got a story, video or ...
The Big Interview with Dan Rather: R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe and Mike Mills | Sneak Peek
  –  November 24, 2017
There’s no denying the sheer level of talent that both Michael Stipe and Mike Mills brought to R.E.M. However, with that talent came ... Stipe tells Dan how he found comfort in the punk rock scene. As Stipe put it, “Music was the medium that pulled ...
Album Review: 'Automatic for the people' by R.E.M
  –  November 25, 2017
R.E.M.’s 1992 album, Automatic for the People ... were increasingly consumed with. While the glam-rock of 1995’s Monster continued and expanded with this theme in character-heavy form, Automatic’s prowess comes from how undramatic and benevolent ...
Ranking: Every R.E.M. Album from Worst to Best
  –  November 6, 2017
The Song I Love: “Sitting Still” is the quintessential R.E.M. song. Bill Berry and Mike Mills locked into the rubberiest and tightest folk-rock rhythm section to ever grace the charts. Peter Buck chiming away on those beautiful Rickenbacker chords ...
Album Review: 'Automatic for the people' by R.E.M
  –  November 25, 2017
R.E.M.’s 1992 album, Automatic for the People ... (Seriously, even in Indonesia, the song, with its unsettling music video, felt inescapable.) Originally conceived to be a big rock record, Automatic was supposed to be far different than its acoustic ...
Scott Litt on R.E.M.’s “Automatic for the People,” an album that “captured a moment in time”
  –  November 23, 2017
Every R.E.M. record sounds different, but this one in particular sounds ... It felt perfect in its own way — and represented rock guitar music, riff music — but it worked as a complete little thing. It could work with everything. The next big ...
The Big Interview with Dan Rather – R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe & Mike Mills | Premieres Nov. 28
  –  November 22, 2017
Before alternative music by the likes of Nirvana and Pearl Jam moved into the mainstream, R.E.M. was dominating the underground music scene. Formed in 1980, R.E.M. would go on to become Rock & Roll Hall of Famers and one of the world’s best-selling bands ...
Pink And Kelly Clarkson Open AMAs with R.E.M.'s 'Everybody Hurts'
  –  November 21, 2017
The duo sang "Everybody Hurts" from R.E.M.'s 1992 album Automatic for the People. In his speech, Foxx hinted at political, environmental and social turmoil that swept the country in 2017. "We needed the power of music to escape the news of the day," Foxx said.
The Celebration Rock Podcast Revisits R.E.M.’s ‘Automatic For The People’
  –  October 9, 2017
R.E.M.’s Automatic For The People sold four million copies ... raging grunge sound that was in vogue in rock music at the time. For R.E.M., one of the most acclaimed bands of the era, Automatic For The People represented an artistic pinnacle that many ...

Affiliated Locations3

New Items