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.
One of the first popular alternative rock bands, R.E.M. released their first single on an independent record label. The single was followed by the Chronic Town EP in 1982. The following year, the group released its critically acclaimed debut album, Murmur. They built their 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. They signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1988, and began to espouse political and environmental concerns while playing large arenas all over the world.
By the early 1990s, when alternative rock began to experience broad mainstream success, releasing a string of hit albums. In 1997 Bill Berry left the band, while Buck, Mills, and Stipe 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. 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.
Fall On Me
The One I Love
Maps and Legends