R.E.M. hail from Athens, Georgia and formed in 1980. The band consists of Michael Stipe [Vocals], Peter Buck [Guitar], Mike Mills [Bass/Keyboards], and Bill Berry [Drums]. Originally, Stipe and Buck began playing music together as Mills and Berry were doing the same. After being introduced together by a…more
It was announced that on September 21, 2011, R.E.M. has split up after 31 years on their official website.
R.E.M.'s 1994 album Monster was dedicated to the late actor River Phoenix. The song "E-Bow the Letter", on their 1996 album New Adventures in Hi-Fi, is about the late River Phoenix.
R.E.M.'s 1986 album Life's Rich Pageant was ranked #32 in Entertainment Weekly magazine's 100 Best Albums of the Last 25 Years.
R.E.M.'s 1991 hit "Losing My Religion" was ranked #9 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 90's.
R.E.M.'s three albums Murmur was ranked #197, Automatic For The People was ranked #247, and Document was ranked #470 on Rolling Stone magazine's The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
R.E.M.'s two songs "Losing My Religion" was ranked #18 and "The One I Love" was ranked #61 on Rolling Stone magazine's and MTV's 100 Greatest Pop Songs.
R.E.M.'s two music videos "Losing My Religion" was ranked #13 and "Everybody Hurts" was ranked #98 on MTV's 100 Greatest Videos Ever Made.
R.E.M.'s three music videos "Losing My Religion" was ranked #3, "Man On The Moon" was ranked #41, and "Orange Crush" was ranked #93 on Rolling Stone magazine's The 100 Top Music Videos.
R.E.M. is to be inducted into the 2007 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. R.E.M just met the qualifying requirements, which stipulate that artists are eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first recording.
R.E.M.'s song "It's The End of the World As We Know It" was ranked #69 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 80's.
R.E.M.'s song "Losing My Religion" was ranked #18 on VH1's 100 Best Songs of the Past 25 Years.
R.E.M.'s music video "Losing My Religion" was ranked #19 on VH1's 100 Greatest Videos.
R.E.M.'s 1983 album Murmur was ranked #92 on VH1's 100 Greatest Albums.
They were ranked #50 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll.
For their appearance on Sesame Street, R.E.M. re-wrote the song "Shiny Happy People" and re-titled it "Furry Happy Monsters." In the episode the band can be seen playing the song with a group of Muppets.
Studio Discography: Murmur  - Reckoning  - Fables of the Reconstruction  - Life's Rich Pageant  - Document  - Green  - Out of Time  - Automatic for the People  - Monster  - New Adventures in Hi-Fi  - Up  - Reveal  - Around the Sun  - Accelerate  - Collapse into Now 
Michael Stipe is the godfather of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love's daughter, Frances Bean Cobain.
In 1987, when Rolling Stone magazine named R.E.M. "America's Best Band", Bill Berry said, "We're not the best rock 'n' roll band in America, Pylon is."
In 1996 the band re-signed with Warner Brothers a reported $80 million for five albums. At the time it was the largest recording contract advance in history.
Although many R.E.M. songs are written by one or two members, they always share all the song writing credits. That way they each get the exact same share for everything they do.
During the Monster tour, drummer Bill Berry collapsed on stage during a performance, and had surgery for a brain aneurysm; later on the tour bassist Mike Mills had to undergo abdominal surgery to remove an intestinal adhesion; a month later, singer Michael Stipe had to have an emergency surgery to repair a hernia.
Their album, Monster is their fastest-selling album to date, debuting at number one on Billboard's Album Chart.
The song "Let Me In" was written about Nirvana's Kurt Cobain. In fact, the guitar used in the song was one of Kurt's favorites that his wife, Courtney Love gave bassist Mike Mills after Kurt's death.
The bands eighth studio album, Automatic For The People sold 15 million units world-wide, and generated three Top 40 hit singles "Man on the Moon," "Drive," and "Everybody Hurts."
Their seventh album, Out of Time sold more than four million copies in the U.S. and spending two weeks at the top of the US charts.
In 1990, a mid-'80s side projectcalled The Hindu Love Godsbetween Berry, Buck, Mills, and singer Warren Zevon, The Hindu Love Gods was released, the album contained mainly blues covers and was released by Giant Records.
Their second album, Reckoning was recorded in only twelve days.
Murmur was such a success the band got its first national television appearance on "Late Night with David Letterman," where they performed a new, unnamed song which was later titled "So. Central Rain," and would later be recorded for thier second album, Reckoning.
When promoting the release, Murmur, the band flew to California and taped a video for "Wolves, Lower", which mainly featured the band synching their performance with the studio recording. Michael Stipe felt he looked foolish, and vowed to never lip-synch in a video again.
The band decided on the name R.E.M. after flipping randomly through the dictionary.
Their first show was under the name, Twisted Kites in April 1980, for a friend's birthday at an old converted Episcopalian church.
Their first single, "Radio Free Europe," was recorded at Mitch Easter's Drive-In Studios, and released on the local indie label Hib-Tone, and was pressed in a run of only 1,000 copies.
Their first LP Murmur, was met with wide critical acclaim, and Rolling Stone Magazine calling it the best album of 1983.
Birth Info on the Band: John Michael Stipe was born on January 4, 1960 in Decatur, Georgia. Michael Edward Mills was born on December 17, 1958 in Orange County, California. Peter Lawrence Buck was born on December 6, 1956 in Berkeley, California. William Thomas Berry was born on July 31, 1958 in Duluth, Minnesota.
Their biggest single was "Losing My Religion," it reached number 4 on the Billboard singles chart.
Michael Stipe: (confirming Bill Berry will be present after leaving the band in 1997 when REM is inducted into the 2007 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Obviously, we're really honored ... and the thought of ourselves and Patti Smith and Grandmaster Flash all being there, it's going to be a very exciting night. Of course, Bill will be there with us, he'll definitely be on stage with us.