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R.E.M. is an American rock band formed in Athens, Georgia, in 1980 by Michael Stipe (lead vocals), Peter Buck (guitar), Mike Mills (bass guitar), and Bill Berry (drums and percussion). R.E.M. was one of the first popular alternative rock bands, and gained early attention due to Buck's ringing, arpeggiated guitar style and Stipe's unclear 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 band 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.
March 23, 2011
R.E.M's Michael Stipe has revealed that he used his iPhone to record the band's new album. 'Collapse Into Now', released on March 7, features a number of collaborations including Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Patti Smith and Peaches. Read more
January 19, 2011
R.E.M have revealed new single 'Mine Smells Like Honey'. The single, taken from new album 'Collapse Into Now' which is released March 7, sees the band return to form. Read more
December 15, 2010
R.E.M have announced details of their new album and free download. The album entitled 'Collapse Is Now' is set for release on March 7. Read more
November 25, 2010
R.E.M have announced the tracklisting of their forthcoming album 'Collapse Into Now'. The album, due out early 2011, features collaborations with Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Patti Smith and Peaches. Read more
November 4, 2010
R.E.M. star Mike Mills has revealed that the band's new album will feature a star-studded list of special guests. 'Collapse Into Now', which is due out in early 2011, includes Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Patti Smith and Peaches. Read more
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