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R.E.M breaks up after 30 years

By malcolm Published: September 21, 2011

The college rock band that turned indie rock stars turned mainstream pop stars R.E.M. have officially called it a career.

Here is the official statement from their Website

"To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening." R.E.M.

R.E.M. started as a jangle-pop band with a mumbling singer on the blossoming Athens, Georgia college rock scene in the early 80s, built up an audience with several fine albums and from about 1986's "Lifes Rich Pageant" featuring the hit "Fall On Me" the band's hits and profile steadily raised with alternative/modern rock radio hits "The One I Love" (Document, 1987) and 1988's massive crossover hit album "Green," featuring "Stand," and "Pop Song 89."

The then quartet of Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe became massive pop stars in the 90s coinciding with the rise of "alternative rock" in the mainstream.

Here's a video from their apparently final album "Collapse Into Now"that you probably forgot existed

R.E.M. - Discoverer


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