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    Default R.E.M. calls it quits

    Too bad...I've always enjoyed their music. A nice long run though...

    After 31 years in the business and 15 albums, R.E.M., the Southern rock band hailing from Athens, Ga., announced Wednesday morning on its website that it is calling it quits. In a brief statement, the band writes:

    "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."

    Following the brief statement are individidual sentiments from the three original band members, Mike Mills, Peter Buck and Michael Stipe (original drummer Bill Berry had exited the band some time ago, replaced by Bill Rieflin).

    "We feel kind of like pioneers in this -- there's no disharmony here, no falling-outs, no lawyers squaring-off," Mills writes. "We've made this decision together, amicably and with each other's best interests at heart. The time just feels right."

    In other words, it's the end of the band as they know it, and they feel fine. But a piece in Rolling Stone does state, with an interview from Ethan Kaplan, owner of the R.E.M. fan community Murmurs and former senior vice president of emerging technology at Warner Bros. Records, that the band's decision was influenced by label politics.

    "I suspected this was coming last fall," Kaplan tells Rolling Stone. "If you remember, they weathered a lot of storms in this business, and have always operated on their own terms. [Warner Bros.] changed starting last September, and I think the demands on a band now to get a record out were more than they might have wanted to commit. I can understand that after how hard they worked for how long, the thought of going back to 'paying dues' with new label staff, in a very weird industry, was too much."

    R.E.M. released "Collapse Into Now" earlier this year to complimentary reviews. "The band doesn't engage in any current trends," Ann Powers wrote in her review for the L.A. Times. "Instead it returns to form, in detail, moving through the R.E.M. cookbook with the focus and precision of an Iron Chef."

    Nearly synonymous with the phrase "jangly guitars," R.E.M. helped forge the jangle pop movement of the mid-'80s, a sound that braided together Byrds-style '60s pop and power pop's raw energy with folky overtones. Their influence has been charted far and wide, from Pavement to Wilco to the Athens-associated Elephant 6 collective to, most recently, the Decemberists, who collaborated with Buck on their celebrated album released earlier this year, "The King Is Dead."

    No word yet on what any of the band members will do next but Pop & Hiss will keep you posted as we get news. In the meantime, check out R.E.M.'s 1983 TV performance of "Radio Free Europe," which David Letterman announces as their national TV debut. Holdng up a copy of "Murmur," Letterman also says, "The Los Angeles Times just named this album one of the five best released so far in 1983." R.E.M., we still feel the same way.
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    thats weird, the music theyve been writing for the last decade sounded like they quit ages ago lol
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    Never could get into their music, though they were extremely popular. They always sounded like a second tier bandfrom the 60's to me - remember The Electric Prunes ("I had Too Much to Dream Last Night")?
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    I was just as bummed when a-ha called it quits. But, I was so very fortunate to be able to see them preform live last year on their final tour at a small venue. Some of these 80's bands, like REM and a-ha will be missed. They still continued to put out great tunes way beyond the decade that made them big.
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    They're in their late forties/early fifties and I don't think there's any way they will be able to stay away after maybe a year off. They'll be back.
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    This is sad news for me. I've been a fan since the mid-late 80's and have most, if not all, of their albums. I like them, but I can see how people wouldn't since the sound is a little different.

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    glad they left on good terms. I was listening to everybody hurts today actually.
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    That Stipes guy has always creeped me out a little and.........that "Losing My Religion" makes me contemplate the old icepick in the ears remedy, every time I hear it. WTF is the "Afro" smiley's application ???

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    "Green" was the first CD I ever purchased.

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    In other words, it's the end of the band as they know it, and they feel fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brettw22 View Post
    In other words, it's the end of the band as they know it, and they feel fine.

    LOL.......nice
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    After that last album, I think it was finally time for them to realize it was over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drumminman View Post
    Never could get into their music, though they were extremely popular. They always sounded like a second tier bandfrom the 60's to me - remember The Electric Prunes ("I had Too Much to Dream Last Night")?
    Hey, now... don't be dissin' the Electric Prunes. They were ahead of their time...

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    Not sure how I missed this thread originally, but it's not too old. I own "Automatic For The People". It's the only REM CD/DVD-Audio I own. It's nicely recorded and produced. I absolutely don't agree with them politically, but this CD is a great CD musically. It has "Sweetness Follows" which appeared in "Vanilla Sky" with Tom Cruise. This song is absolutely my favorite REM song in existance. It's fantastic, IMO. Interesting side note that John Paul Jones (of Led Zeppelin) did the Orchestral arrangements on this album.
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    Quote Originally Posted by headrott View Post
    Not sure how I missed this thread originally, but it's not too old. I own "Automatic For The People". It's the only REM CD/DVD-Audio I own. It's nicely recorded and produced. I absolutely don't agree with them politically, but this CD is a great CD musically. It has "Sweetness Follows" which appeared in "Vanilla Sky" with Tom Cruise. This song is absolutely my favorite REM song in existance. It's fantastic, IMO. Interesting side note that John Paul Jones (of Led Zeppelin) did the Orchestral arrangements on this album.
    Love "Man on the Moon" on that CD even though it got played to death when the movie came out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gdb View Post
    That Stipes guy has always creeped me out a little and...
    It's "Stipe."
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    I have a number of their early releases on vinyl,IRS label, Murmer,to name just one. They were one of the bright spots in an otherwise crummy decade musically. Not saying all was lousy,but most!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stretchl View Post
    It's "Stipe."
    Thanks, I'll make the appropriate corrections in my dossier................

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    I have always considered them one of those "new" bands anyway.

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    I remember reading that their record deal with Warner Bros. was a huge bust, they signed on and then more or less quit working afterward. Kind of a "yeah, they made hits" deal, but the contract was so huge that they had to produce huge sales to make it worthwhile, and it never panned out.

    Either way, if you need an intermittent dosage of Michael Stipe, he's been making cameo appearances tossing out a "Hey-O" as a zinger to Stephen Colbert's jokes on the Colbert Report.

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    He should get the F back into his corner!

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    Been listening to them since 85. Have almost all their CDs and a bunch of limited editions. Really love them. Haven't listened to them in a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhardy6647 View Post
    Hey, now... don't be dissin' the Electric Prunes. They were ahead of their time...

    Quote Originally Posted by fatchowmein View Post
    Love "Man on the Moon" on that CD even though it got played to death when the movie came out.
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    Love R.E.M.!
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    Stipe is a great musician, if only him and Cobain could have collaborated. I think we could have heard something special.

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    Quote Originally Posted by codyc1ark View Post
    Stipe is a great musician, if only him and Cobain could have collaborated. I think we could have heard something special.
    Good songwriters....yes. Great musicians? Not by a long shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by musky1963 View Post
    Good songwriters....yes. Great musicians? Not by a long shot.
    Depends on your idea of a great musician.

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    "Stipe is a great musician"

    I always considered a "musician", a person that actually plays a musical instrument.
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    Quote Originally Posted by musky1963 View Post
    "Stipe is a great musician"

    I always considered a "musician", a person that actually plays a musical instrument.
    Actually, one's voice is considered to be a musical instrument.

    And the definition of musician according to Dictionary.com is:

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    1. a person who makes music a profession, especially as a performer of music.
    2. any person, whether professional or not, skilled in music.

    Stipe meets that criteria.
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