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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 particular 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.

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Rewinding the Charts: In 1994, R.E.M. Scared Up a 'Monster' Smash

As alternative became mainstream in the early- to mid-'90s, thanks largely to grunge acts like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, R.E.M....

via Billboard at October 13, 2017

R.E.M. Share Previously Unheard Demo

Recorded during sessions for 'Automatic For The People'...R.E.M. have shared a demo recorded during sessions for their classic album 'Automatic For The People'. The 1992 album remains one of the band's most popular, yet its themes of disease, loss,…

via Unknown at October 10, 2017

Listen to Another Great, Unreleased R.E.M. Cut, “Devil Rides Backwards"

It's taken from the deluxe reissue of 'Automatic for the People,' due out later this month.

via Noisey Music by Vice at October 7, 2017

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