R.E.M. is one of the most beloved bands from the 1990s, with hits like “End of the World” and “Superman.” Formed in Athens, Georgia in 1980, the band released their first album, Murmur, which features a well-known abandoned railroad trestle in their hometown on the jacket cover. After a handful of mediocre names, the band settled on “R.E.M.,” the abbreviation for “rapid eye movement,” at random from a dictionary. R.E.M. has been recording albums on a regular basis until 2011. Lead singer Michael Stipe has made a name for himself through his political and humanitarian efforts. He’s been involved in campaigns and support for PETA, Vote for Change and the US Campaign for Burma. In 2007, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
From: Athens, Georgia
Influences: Byrds, Big Star, Patti Smith
Favorite Tracks: End of the World, Superman, Everybody Hurts, Orange Crush
Discography: Murmur (1983), Reckoning (1984), Fables of the Reconstruction (1985), Lifes Rich Pageant (1986), Document (1987), Green (1988), Out of Time (1991), Automatic for the People (1992), Monster (1994), New Adventures in Hi-Fi (1996), Up (1998), Reveal (2001), Around the Sun (2004), Accelerate (2008), Collapse into Now (2011)
If You Like: The Smiths, U2, Radiohead
Genre: rock, alternative, college rock