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R.E.M. Breaks Up!

| Filed under: Music MinuteR.I.P.

The alternative rock band, R.E.M., has officially split up after 31 years together, having produced 15 albums.

What? Oh no! We think we're gonna lose our religion over this one…

…or at least we would have had this news come out in 1995.

Still, the band was a great one regardless of peak time and deserves a final standing ovation.

From Everybody Hurts to Losing My Religion, the band was best known for their melodic songs accompanied by thought-provoking music videos (like the one above).

After their breakthrough commercial success in the 90s, R.E.M. began experimenting with other sounds in the early 2000s. Although their music dropped off the Top 100 charts, fans and critics still held them on a high pedestal of respect.

In 2007, they were deservedly inducted into Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame.

On their website, they released an official unified statement announcing the split, followed by individual messages:

We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.

Michael: A wise man once said - 'the skill in attending a party is knowing when it's time to leave.' We built something extraordinary together. We did this thing. And now we're going to walk away from it."

Mike: There's no disharmony here, no falling-outs, no lawyers squaring-off. We've made this decision together, amicably and with each other's best interests at heart. The time just feels right.

It's a sad day for their most dedicated of fans, but the music they gave the world will transcend time on dozens of movie soundtracks.

Thank you, R.E.M., for your amazing musical gifts! We wish you each the best of luck in your future endeavors.

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8 comments to “R.E.M. Breaks Up!”

  1. 1

    I'm surprised you even know who they are since they are artists, not studio creations singing gay ass pop music. Besides, most of us thought they broke up in the mid 90's.

  2. 2

    I love R.E.M. They had a good run. 31 years is a long time.

  3. 3

    this is their worst song…thanks for the music guys

  4. 4

    Re: hoochpit – Somebody sounds bitter.

  5. 5

    My all time favorite band. Their influence will be felt for a long time to come. Michael Stipe has an amazing voice…..true talent.

  6. 6

    That's fucking sad.

  7. 7

    It was indeed a sad day for me today. R.E.M. has been my favorite band for over 20 years now. Yes, their days of popularity are long gone, but they still have a rather large and solid fan base. I look forward to the future individual projects of Buck, Mills, and Stipe.

  8. 8

    Thanks REM for a lifetime of incredible music - soundtrack to my teenage years & beyond, you will be greatly missed xxx