After 31 years REM announced this week that they have decided to split up. The band who started life in 1980 in Georgia, USA released debut Murmur back in 1983 and began what would become their own distinctive brand of college rock.


Moving on to release highly influential alternative rock albums in the late 80's like Document and Green, the band hit their polished pop stride with 1991's Out of Time featuring the hit 'Losing My Religion' and the hugely successful Automatic for the People the following year which brought us the pop institution 'Everybody Hurts' – the band's music continues to be cited by many indie, rock and pop bands as a major influence…

Singer Michael Stipe told the BBC: "We have decided to call it a day as a band,". "To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.". "I hope our fans realise this wasn't an easy decision; but all things must end, and we wanted to do it right, to do it our way,".


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