Tagged R.E.M.

Thursday 10pm ET: Feature Artist – R.E.M.

R.E.M. was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, formed in 1980 by drummer Bill Berry, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist/backing vocalist Mike Mills, and lead vocalist Michael Stipe. Additionally, many liner notes from the band’s albums list attorney Bertis Downs and manager Jefferson Holt as non-musical members. One of the first alternative rock bands, R.E.M. was noted for Buck’s ringing, arpeggiated guitar style, Stipe’s distinctive vocal quality and obscure lyrics, Mills’s melodic bass lines and backing vocals, and Berry’s tight, economical style of drumming. R.E.M. released its first single—”Radio Free Europe”—in 1981 on the independent record label Hib-Tone. The single was followed by the Chronic Town EP in 1982, the band’s first release on I.R.S. Records. In 1983, the group released its critically acclaimed debut album, Murmur, and built its reputation over the next few years through subsequent releases, constant touring, and the support of college radio. Following years of underground success, R.E.M. achieved a mainstream hit in 1987 with the single “The One I Love”. The group signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1988, and began to espouse political and environmental concerns while playing large arenas worldwide.

In the early 1990s, the band released its two most commercially successful albums, Out of Time (1991) and Automatic for the People (1992), bring them to the vanguard of the alternative rock genre, just as the movement was becoming mainstream. The lead single of Out of Time, “Losing My Religion”, was the band’s highest charting and best selling hit, and the Out of Time album led all nominees at the 34th Annual Grammy Awards with seven nominations, catapulting the band to international fame. R.E.M.’s 1994 release, Monster continued its run of success. The band began its first tour in six years to support the album; the tour was marred by medical emergencies suffered by three of the band members. R.E.M. was viewed by other alternative rock acts such as Nirvana and Pavement as pioneers of the genre.

In 1996, R.E.M. re-signed with Warner Bros. for a reported US$80 million, at the time the most expensive recording contract in history. Its 1996 release, New Adventures in Hi-Fi, though critically acclaimed, fared worse commercially than its predecessors. The following year, Bill Berry left the band, while Stipe, Buck, and Mills continued the group as a trio. Through some changes in musical style to include electronic music and pop rock sounds, the band continued its career into the next decade with mixed critical and commercial success, despite having sold more than 85 million records worldwide and becoming one of the world’s best-selling music artists. In 2007, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in their first year of eligibility. After releasing two well-received albums—Accelerate (2008) and Collapse into Now (2011)—R.E.M. disbanded amicably in September 2011, announcing the split on its website. The former members have continued with various musical projects and several live and archival albums have been released since then.

Tuesday 11pm: Feature LP: R.E.M. – Accelerate (2008)

Accelerate is the fourteenth studio album by American alternative rock band R.E.M., released on March 31, 2008 in Europe, and on April 1 in North America. Produced with Jacknife Lee, Accelerate was intended as a departure from the 2004 album Around the Sun.[2] R.E.M. previewed several of the album’s tracks during a five-night residency at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, Republic of Ireland, and recorded the album in a nine-week schedule.

The album received a warm reception from music critics, earning a 79/100 rating on Metacritic. Reviewers often complimented the aggressive, purposeful sound of the songs, with Q magazine critic Keith Cameron stating that “Accelerate is the sound of a band having enjoyed a good word with themselves—and us.

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RadioMax Artist Top 15 Hits – R.E.M. 9pm ET

(Ctsy Wikipedia) R.E.M. was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, formed in 1980 by singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills and drummer Bill Berry. One of the first popular alternative rock bands, R.E.M. gained early attention due to Buck’s ringing, arpeggiated guitar style and Stipe’s unclear vocals. R.E.M. released its first single, “Radio Free Europe“, in 1981 on the independent record label Hib-Tone. The single was followed by the Chronic Town EP in 1982, the band’s first release on I.R.S. Records. In 1983, the group released its critically acclaimed debut album, Murmur, and built its reputation over the next few years through subsequent releases, constant touring, and the support of college radio. Following years of underground success, R.E.M. achieved a mainstream hit in 1987 with the single “The One I Love”. The group signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1988, and began to espouse political and environmental concerns while playing large arenas worldwide.

Top 15 Hits
1  Losing My Religion
2  Stand
3  Everybody Hurts
4  Fall on Me
5  Radio Free Europe 
6  It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
7  Shiny Happy People
8  Drive
9  Bang and Blame
10  What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?
11  Cant Get There from Here
12  Man on the Moon
13  Bad Day
14  E-Bow the Letter
15  The One I Love