R.E.M. Breaks Up After Over 30 Years
After 31 years of making music, Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, and Mike Mills, R.E.M. are "calling it a day". In a statement posted on their official website, the band announced that they've done all that they can possibly do, and that it was time to call it quits.
"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."
"During our last tour, and while making Collapse Into Now and putting together this greatest hits retrospective, we started asking ourselves, 'what next' said Mike Mills, the band's bassist. 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."
Michael Stipe added, "I hope our fans realize this wasn't an easy decision; but all things must end, and we wanted to do it right, to do it our way.
This format would certainly be too small to try and justify all the things that R.E.M. has done for rock and music in general, but for the sake of brevity, let's go with the fact that the three remaining members of the group are also three of the four original members that formed R.E.M. in 1980, when they were just teenagers in Athens, Georgia (the original band also included drummer Bill Berry, who left the band in 1997). It's amazing to look at how much they've accomplished over the last three decades, putting that into perspective.
The band's commercial prowess has faded in recent years, but no one can ever take away what they consistently accomplished over the years. No matter your personal tastes, R.E.M.'s influence on the music industry is undeniable. They've defined several styles and influenced countless musicians. Look no further than "Losing My Religion" for clear proof of that.
But why, while we're listing some of their awesome songs, how about "The One I Love", "Man on the Moon", "Shiny Happy People", or the song I listen to when I'm feeling a little blue, "Everybody Hurts"? And how can we forget "It's The End of the World".
Okay, now I have to listen to Everybody Hurts again, cause I'm sad.