R.E.M. split up
2011-09-21 by Dr Dave De Sylvia STAFF | 98 Comments

Athens, Georgia rock band R.E.M. have announced they are to split after 31 years and 15 albums.

A short message posted on the band's website reads: "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."


http://remhq.com/news_story.php?id=1446

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TAB
September 21st 2011

447 Comments


thank god

StrizzMatik
September 21st 2011

3183 Comments


Way past overdue

Pharoh
September 21st 2011

3326 Comments


It's the end of the world as we know it.

VicariousIntent
September 21st 2011

1593 Comments


Definitely a long time coming, but still pretty sad. They had a great run.

TheStarclassicTreatment
September 21st 2011

2910 Comments


Fuck everything about this.

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
September 21st 2011

4507 Comments


Damn, my heart literally dropped when I read this. But, it's certainly time. You will be missed.

wabbit
September 21st 2011

6984 Comments


...might cry

TheVoiceAndTheSnake
September 21st 2011

3663 Comments


OMG NNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

bloc
September 21st 2011

34735 Comments


Was only a matter of time tbh

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Athom
Staff Reviewer
September 21st 2011

17204 Comments


God fucking dammit.

botb
September 21st 2011

9630 Comments


"It's the end of the world as we know it."

lol

PayneTiger777
September 21st 2011

4388 Comments


It's been a bad day.

mynameisjosh
September 21st 2011

85 Comments


sleep

Pharoh
September 21st 2011

3326 Comments


And I feel fine.

Eskate87
September 21st 2011

959 Comments


surprised this didn't happen sooner. my uncle will probably cry.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
September 21st 2011

15728 Comments


godspeed

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TheVoiceAndTheSnake
September 21st 2011

3663 Comments


Aside from Jane's Addiction. These guys were the kings of alternative music.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
September 21st 2011

6390 Comments


This is unexpected

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luschlotz
September 21st 2011

993 Comments


never liked these guys. Although Ill pay my respects

porch
September 21st 2011

8453 Comments


they've been phoning it in for a while but their material from 1982-1992 can't be fucked with

psykonaut
September 21st 2011

3913 Comments


rip

xfearbefore
September 21st 2011

1245 Comments


God damn that sucks. Bad.

Murmur is still in my opinion quite possibly the greatest "alternative rock" album ever made. That album is brilliant enough that they could have quit after they made it and they'd still be legends to me.

Sad news. I hope this means that perhaps Michael Stipe will throw himself into something he has more passion for? A new solo project maybe? Who knows. Interesting to see where he and Peter Buck go from here though, if anywhere.

psite45
September 21st 2011

275 Comments


Great Band. But it does seem like a good time to wrap it up. My first favorite song when i was a wee little lad was Shinny Happy People. True story. Cheers to R.E.M.

VicariousIntent
September 21st 2011

1593 Comments


"Hey Vicarious you're avatar seems to contradict your statement."

This might be the first time on this site that it has not been completely appropriate.

Titan50
September 21st 2011

4588 Comments


NOOOOOOOO

PorkchopExpress
September 21st 2011

387 Comments


Yep. This sucks.

BloodSweatandBeers
September 21st 2011

1005 Comments


sucks assholes

CrownOfMagnets
September 21st 2011

2248 Comments


two first commenters are fucking douches..

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 21st 2011

49971 Comments


Aside from Jane's Addiction. These guys were the kings of alternative music.

What?

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CelestialDust
September 21st 2011

3155 Comments


shut up kitteh

Metamorphosis
September 21st 2011

420 Comments


Never got into them too much, but they've created a shitload of music and their last album was a pretty awesome way to go out. It is a bit disheartening, but it was probably just about that time where they should have split.

LepreCon
September 21st 2011

3853 Comments


Past their prime as a band, that's for damn sure, but Collapse Into Now was still a great record, will miss being able to see these guys on a yearly basis

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Capablanca
September 21st 2011

204 Comments


A sad day, their last album was nothing espectacular but it looked like they were having fun again, but I guess they had it.

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sixdegrees
September 21st 2011

16907 Comments


At least they know when to call it quits. They released a final, decent album and can now go away for good.

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North0House2
September 21st 2011

5840 Comments


Man, these guys were around forever.

They were pretty decent though.

Automatic For the People is a stellar release, though I haven't been a fan of the other stuff they've released.

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theBlackWidow
September 21st 2011

465 Comments


Seriously no one cares about this....? You guys are pathetic.



I really miss the 90s

KronosRage
September 21st 2011

367 Comments


They were good

ilikeforests
September 21st 2011

328 Comments


biggest band split-up in a while

iFghtffyrdmns
September 21st 2011

7047 Comments


It's the end of the world as we know it. [ 212331232312312312]
actually probably more realistically like [3]

IAmHollywood
September 21st 2011

1443 Comments


bummer

Torii
September 21st 2011

812 Comments


Never liked them tbh, but oh well.
RIP.

Torii
September 21st 2011

812 Comments


"R.E.M. have announced they are to split"

I guess they are now R......E......M.

amarite?

YouthCat
September 21st 2011

261 Comments


I used to love these guys so much. This is sad, despite the fact that their last few albums have been pretty bad.

Nagrarok
September 21st 2011

8170 Comments


With Collapse Into Now being only about half a year old this surprises me. Everything up to Automatic (and Hi-Fi) rules, obviously.

TomAkaVeto
September 21st 2011

1617 Comments


R.I.P. to R.E.M.

CreamCrazy
September 21st 2011

724 Comments


*sigh*

Such a sad piece of news... too bad their latest album sucked, I hate to believe that that album was their last effort before bowing out.

Awesome albums, songs & one of the greatest gig experiences I've ever had... I'll never forget that. Cheers R.E.M. for being a great band for all these years! *raises glass*

KILL
September 21st 2011

71167 Comments


lol creamcrazy sup

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AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
September 21st 2011

7322 Comments


This saddens me, but in all honesty they didn't seem to have much left to offer, Collapse Into Now was pretty poor. Absoloutly brilliant band though.

painthethane
September 21st 2011

76 Comments


Just another bunch of people Dave Grohl will join another band with. Meh.

linchpin313
September 21st 2011

813 Comments


At least they walk away achieving something unlike shitty bands these days who quit because their trend has passed.

FearThyEvil
September 21st 2011

12469 Comments


Kind of knew this would happen but i did think sooner.

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
September 21st 2011

4507 Comments


Just another bunch of people Dave Grohl will join another band with. Meh.

Fuck that idea.

LegendofPittman
September 21st 2011

2943 Comments


This sucks.

lancebramsay
September 21st 2011

1585 Comments


who next, U2?

Parallels
September 21st 2011

6641 Comments


We can only hope lance...
R.E.M had phenomenal music and a great fanbase. They deserve their acclaim.

ShadowRemains
September 21st 2011

20479 Comments


good band

rip

lancebramsay
September 21st 2011

1585 Comments


We can only hope lance...
R.E.M had phenomenal music and a great fanbase. They deserve their acclaim.

What is with the U2 hate, why is that the popular hate bandwagon... U2 1980-1990 is pure magic, as with REM. Modern REM puts out shit albums yet they continue to get your support while U2 puts out decent albums and you hate them... Could someone explain why U2 sucks, I clearly don't get it..?

Guiltor
September 21st 2011

31 Comments


Some of the better moments of my younger years were spent listening to Automatic for the People cruising down the highway. These guys will be missed.

Capablanca
September 21st 2011

204 Comments


last 2 REM albums weren't that bad what are you guys talking about? U2 fucking sucks.

none
September 21st 2011

1100 Comments


gonna jump on a bandwagon now gonna take me to down to the south where da real boiz are

danjames
September 21st 2011

65 Comments


good way to end a good band - very respectable

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
September 21st 2011

4507 Comments


U2 come off as elitist assholes (especially Bono) who continue to make lame, watered down bombastic anthems for mid-life crisis couples who go to their WORLD 360 tours and think they've experienced a real concert after watching the band from a mile away on giant television monitors.

drasticaction74
September 21st 2011

1727 Comments


end of an empire. not an enormous fan, but what a loss.

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awal16
September 21st 2011

217 Comments


about damn time. no loss here

outline
September 21st 2011

563 Comments


"U2 come off as elitist assholes (especially Bono) who continue to make lame, watered down bombastic anthems for mid-life crisis couples who go to their WORLD 360 tours and think they've experienced a real concert after watching the band from a mile away on giant television monitors."

I'll take exception with the 360 comment. I went to go see that and they put on a great show. And half the crowd was around my age (17). Haters gonna hate.

U2 from 1980-1991 can't be fucked with.
R.E.M. from 1980 - 1992 can't be fucked with.

Hocmat
September 21st 2011

648 Comments


Finally!

outline
September 21st 2011

563 Comments


Also, Collapse Into Now was a 3.5, so not a bad note to go off on.

My only issue with this is that I never saw them live.

Jethro42
September 21st 2011

12390 Comments


Sad day

Parallels
September 21st 2011

6641 Comments


"My only issue with this is that I never saw them live."

Honest Comment is Honest

And it burns my soul...

makiboypunk
September 21st 2011

10 Comments


Consider this
The hint of the century

Oh no, I've said too much
I haven't said enough

Jethro42
September 21st 2011

12390 Comments


Loosing my religion

talkshows
September 21st 2011

43 Comments


guess they ran Out of Time

Ruminations
September 21st 2011

128 Comments


R.I.P R.E.M, you were on the simpsons like 15 years ago and that was the last time you were relevant.

mallen-
September 21st 2011

1235 Comments


Great career this band had

Captain North
September 21st 2011

6784 Comments


Few years too late, but a fucking great career.

Fuff24
September 21st 2011

1118 Comments


shame

twlichty
September 21st 2011

3407 Comments


"31 years and 15 albums"

yeah

Puzzles
September 21st 2011

3065 Comments


Mum's gonna be pissed

paxman
September 22nd 2011

4084 Comments


Losing My Religion is one of my favorite songs.

Spare
September 22nd 2011

5270 Comments


p sad about dis

Irving
Staff Reviewer
September 22nd 2011

7163 Comments


Could never get into these guys 100%, but I respect them a ton.

RIP R.E.M.

nnnope
September 22nd 2011

418 Comments


they were good like 20 years ago right?

Plank
September 22nd 2011

217 Comments


shame

Titan50
September 22nd 2011

4588 Comments


This is actually on Wikipedia's news section

TheNotrap
September 22nd 2011

8029 Comments


Never was a die hard fan but always respected this band.
Shame

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YouGotLucky
September 22nd 2011

946 Comments


Sucks to know I'll never see them live.

Titan50
September 22nd 2011

4588 Comments


Sucks to know I'll never see them live.


Same. That performance of Losing My Religion on Youtube that has a billion views is one of the best live videos I've seen

Nagrarok
September 22nd 2011

8170 Comments


Sucks to know I'll never see them live.


I'm betting there'll be a reunion tour sooner or later.

Jethro42
September 22nd 2011

12390 Comments


^Very probably.

amanwithahammer
September 22nd 2011

404 Comments


So few of the young people that go to WORLD 360 concerts actually care about U2

timbo8
September 22nd 2011

618 Comments


I love these guys, always will, even if their later years were meh

rockandmetaljunkie
September 23rd 2011

3302 Comments


Finally...

Captain North
September 23rd 2011

6784 Comments


Sucks to know I'll never see them live.

Yep.

joelco92
September 25th 2011

64 Comments


Never understood why this band is so popular in the least bit.. very mediocre music to my ears.

But god 30 years that's a long time

AlienWarrior75
September 25th 2011

134 Comments


That's crazy

omnipanzer
September 26th 2011

21442 Comments


"U2 from 1980-1991 can't be fucked with.
R.E.M. from 1980 - 1992 can't be fucked with."

huh?


R.E.M. have maybe two bad albums out of 15... U2 have maybe two good albums. "R.E.M. from 1980 - 1992 can't be fucked with." and then they went on to make great albums that split their fan base and won them tons of new fans. Then Bill Berry left and they made additional great albums that split their fanbase again that also gained them loads of new fans. You can't even compare the two groups. Stipe naturally is who Bono poorly attempt's to emulate and Peter Buck and Mike Mills are actually great musicians where as The Edge... not so much and I couldn't even begin to name any one else in that shit band.


If I ever run out of good bands to listen to maybe I'll give U2 a try again and maybe I'll agree with you. I'll let you know in about 80 years.

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omnipanzer
September 26th 2011

21442 Comments


"Sucks to know I'll never see them live.

Yep. "

One of the best shows I've ever been to. They played for like two and a half hours and it started raining during "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)".

outline
October 8th 2011

563 Comments


"R.E.M. have maybe two bad albums out of 15... U2 have maybe two good albums. "R.E.M. from 1980 - 1992 can't be fucked with." and then they went on to make great albums that split their fan base and won them tons of new fans. Then Bill Berry left and they made additional great albums that split their fanbase again that also gained them loads of new fans. You can't even compare the two groups. Stipe naturally is who Bono poorly attempt's to emulate and Peter Buck and Mike Mills are actually great musicians where as The Edge... not so much and I couldn't even begin to name any one else in that shit band.


If I ever run out of good bands to listen to maybe I'll give U2 a try again and maybe I'll agree with you. I'll let you know in about 80 years."

This is completely ridiculous from top to bottom.



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