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R.E.M. was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, formed in 1980 by drummer Bill Berry, lead 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 their 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 expected. 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. 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.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Bad Day R.E.M. 4
2004 Animal R.E.M. 2
2004 Leaving New York R.E.M. 3
2004 Aftermath R.E.M. 3
2004 2004 Christmas Fanclub Pack R.E.M. 1
2005 Electron Blue R.E.M. 3
2005 Wanderlust R.E.M. 2
2007 2007 Fanclub Single R.E.M. 1
2008 Supernatural Superserious R.E.M. 2
2008 Hollow Man R.E.M. 2
2008 Man-Sized Wreath R.E.M. 1
2009 2009 Fanclub Single R.E.M. 1
2010 2010 Fanclub Single R.E.M. 1
2011 Mine Smell Like Honey R.E.M. 1
2011 Überlin R.E.M. 1
2011 Oh My Heart R.E.M. 2
2011 Discoverer R.E.M. 1
Accelerate R.E.M. 1
Superman R.E.M. 1

Single + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Singles Collection R.E.M. 1
2014 7in—83–88 R.E.M. 1

Single + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 1999 Fanclub Single R.E.M. 1
2003 2003 Fanclub Single (live, 2003-09-14: Red Rocks) R.E.M. 1
2004 2004 Fanclub Single (live, 2004-09-15: St. James Church, London, UK) R.E.M. 1
2005 2005 Fanclub Single R.E.M. 1
2008 2008 Fanclub Single R.E.M. 1
2011 2011 Fanclub Single R.E.M. 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 Chronic Town R.E.M. 6
2013 Live in Greensboro R.E.M. 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Music From Tourfilm R.E.M. 1
1998 Launch No. 24 R.E.M. 1
2001 Not Bad for No Tour R.E.M. 1

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Audio Visual R.E.M. 1
1991 Shiny Chatty People - The R.E.M. Interview R.E.M. 1
R.E.M. Close Up R.E.M. 1
R.E.M. Interview Disc R.E.M. 1

Other + Mixtape/Street

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 1995.11.19 – The Omni, Atlanta GA R.E.M. 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Cassette Set R.E.M. 1
2015 Side by Side: Dark Globe Syd Barrett / R.E.M. 1
Outtakes of Time R.E.M. 1
Precious Rarities R.E.M. 1
Uplink - MTV Live R.E.M. 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 The Originals R.E.M. 1
2001 Start to Breathe, Vol. 2 (the ultimate unplugged album) R.E.M. 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 MTV's 'Unplugged' Acoustic Set Feb '91 R.E.M. 1
1995 Songs That Are Live R.E.M. 1
2005-06-05: Graz, Austria (soundcheck) R.E.M. 1
R.E.M. Live, Volume 3 R.E.M. 1

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