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R.E.M.
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Alternative Name Hornets Attack Victor Mature
Bingo Hand Job
It Crawled from the South
Group Members Peter Buck
Mike Mills
Michael Stipe
Past Group Members Bill Berry
Peter Buck
Mike Mills
Michael Stipe
Music Genre (Text) Alternative rock
folk rock
college rock
jangle pop
Music Genre Rock
Pop/Rock
Origin Athens, Georgia, U.S.
Year(s) Active 1980 (1980)–2011 (2011)
Record Label Hib-Tone
I.R.S.
Warner Bros.
Capitol
New West
Rhino
Concord Bicycle Music
Official Websites remhq.com
Associated Acts 10,000 Maniacs
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R.E.M. was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, formed in 1980 by lead vocalist Michael Stipe, lead guitarist Peter Buck, bassist/backing vocalist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry. One of the first alternative rock bands, R.E.M. were noted for Buck's ringing, arpeggiated guitar style, Stipe's particular vocal quality, 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.

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