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Indie rock pioneers R.E.M. have decided to call it quits after 31 years and 15 albums, " they announced on their website today.
"To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. 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."
The band released Collapse Into Now earlier this year, of which our reviewer said: "The trio of Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, and Mike Mills [sound] refreshed and refueled.
I think it's a shame because R.E.M. it's one of the best bands of all time and their sound was still consistent. They'll be missed
Eh, REM were actually pretty decent for a band with so much air time on the radio - not being a hipster at all here, just sayin' - but their music didn't really strike that much of a chord with me. Oh well, best wishes to them and props for being able to end on a good note.
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At 9/21/11 01:55 PM, creepyboy wrote: "[...]To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening."
They certainly weren't talking about me. I never managed to appreciate Stipe's way of singing (... and lyrics).
I'm sorry for the fans though... it always sucks when your favourite band decides to end the magic.
If they were any good the lead man would have overdosed by now.
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I only knew "it's the end of the world." Occasionally heard "losing my religion" on the radio. But that was ... How many years ago? I didn't even know they were still around today.
Absolutely loved REM. They never toured Australia and when I finally move to Britain with the hopes of seeing them live, they quit.
At 9/21/11 03:43 PM, benmitchell0036 wrote: I guess after doing the same thing for many years, you just get bored.
Maybe you have a family or something else in life you wish to pursue and thus the band separates only to be remembered by music that they made. I do have a good feeling that sometime in the future they may have one last concert and get together for it.
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they had a long career so 35 albums is actually quite an acheievment.
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Well then I'm glad I saw them live already.
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Thirty years and fifteen albums? It's a wonder they haven't stopped earlier.
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Never heard of them, but it's quite sad that they're breaking up.
Good luck to them.
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That's your opinion, I never cared for that band, to put it lightly, I thought they sucked ass.
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My radio station currently plays four of their songs (It's the End of the World As We Know It, Stand, Losing My Religion, The One I Love). I also know "Man on the Moon" and how a movie was made about Andy Kaufman (portrayed by Jim Carrey) with the same name.
I honestly wished they would have stayed together for exactly 15 more months. Given their signature song, it makes sense.
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i love losing my religion and end of the world (whatever their called) so this comes as quite a shock.
but i can kind of see why they broke up, their not as popular as their once were. in fact i cant recall hearing any other songs of theirs.
It's a shame such a good band has decided to finish it, but after 30 years they've had a very good run. With hits like Losing My Religion, The Great Beyond and Imitation Of Life, they've ended up being a very good band generally. I'll definitely have to pick up a CD of them some time soon.
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