When it comes to bands that can stand the test of time, REM has quickly become a band that has not only been successful over a long period, but one that has had a strong influence on those that have come after. If you haven't seen them in person, you are missing out on an experience unlike any other you can find in music, so get your REM tickets now.
The band members of REM came together in early 1980, as they met while attending the University of Georgia. The band, comprised of Michael Stipe (vocals), Peter Buck (guitar), Mike Mills (bass, keyboards) and Bill Berry (drums), practiced for months together before they made their stage debut later that same year. Performing at a converted church, the foursome of REM realized that they had something special and decided to pursue music as each dropped out of college.
They released their first single, "Radio Free Europe," before their debut album was recorded and the song became an underground hit. Their sound combined features of hardcore and punk, but REM was able to re-introduce the underground to more of the guitar pop sound. Their debut full-length album, Murmur, was released in 1983, and in each of the following years REM would record and release albums including Reckoning (1984), Fables of Reconstruction (1985) and Lifes Rich Pageant (1986). But it was Document in 1987 that was the breakthrough for REM. The album reached the Top 10 and was certified platinum, and the single "The One I Love" peaked at #9 on the US Hot 100 chart. The success of REM was now nationwide with everyone taking notice, including Rolling Stone, who called them "America's Best Rock & Roll Band."
Over the next twenty years, success would follow REM wherever they went. REM tickets would sell out around the world and albums like Green (1988), Out of Time (1991) and Monster (1994) all went multi-platinum. Along with the album success of REM, singles like "Stand" and "Losing My Religion" were Top 10 hits and many of their other songs still receive radio air play to this day.