It's The End Of R.E.M. As We Know It And ... Oh, That Joke's Been Done. And So Are They.
By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 21, 2011 9:00PM
Photo by Sandra-Lee Phipps from R.E.M.'s website
But maybe it's better this way. Now the band can go out on a relative high note rather than drift away as a wispy afterthought of any of the last decade's less centered albums. We're left with the memories of a band that hit superstardom in the late '80s via the college circuit, a feat unheard of at that time. Who would expect a mumbly mouthed quartet with an ear for both the Byrds and angular punky art pop to end up at the top of the charts? This particular writer was in high school at the time and we realized that Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Berry were at the forefront of a movement that would eventually lead to bands like Nirvana to dominate the airwaves. If you want to locate the true roots of the Alternative Nation -- the bands that got the mainstream to fall in love with the underground -- these Athens boys are pretty close to, if not the, patient zero.
So long guys, and thanks for everything.