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modrevolve
September 21, 2011, 06:37 PM
Pretty down about this..Glad I got to see them when I did..IMHO the greatest American Rock band of the past 30 years.


"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." R.E.M.

Death Disco
September 21, 2011, 06:43 PM
Pretty down about this..Glad I got to see them when I did..IMHO the greatest American Rock band of the past 30 years.


"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." R.E.M.

MIKE

"During our last tour, and while making Collapse Into Now and putting together this greatest hits retrospective, we started asking ourselves, 'what next'? Working through our music and memories from over three decades was a hell of a journey. We realized that these songs seemed to draw a natural line under the last 31 years of our working together.

"We have always been a band in the truest sense of the word. Brothers who truly love, and respect, each other. We feel kind of like pioneers in this--there's no disharmony here, no falling-outs, no lawyers squaring-off. We've made this decision together, amicably and with each other's best interests at heart. The time just feels right."

MICHAEL

"A wise man once said--'the skill in attending a party is knowing when it's time to leave. We built something extraordinary together. We did this thing. And now we're going to walk away from it.

"I hope our fans realize this wasn't an easy decision; but all things must end, and we wanted to do it right, to do it our way.

"We have to thank all the people who helped us be R.E.M. for these 31 years; our deepest gratitude to those who allowed us to do this. It's been amazing."

PETER

"One of the things that was always so great about being in R.E.M. was the fact that the records and the songs we wrote meant as much to our fans as they did to us. It was, and still is, important to us to do right by you. Being a part of your lives has been an unbelievable gift. Thank you.

"Mike, Michael, Bill, Bertis, and I walk away as great friends. I know I will be seeing them in the future, just as I know I will be seeing everyone who has followed us and supported us through the years. Even if it's only in the vinyl aisle of your local record store, or standing at the back of the club: watching a group of 19 year olds trying to change the world."

Stefan Krix
September 21, 2011, 07:02 PM
Source? Haven't found the news yet online...

modrevolve
September 21, 2011, 07:11 PM
http://remhq.com


Source? Haven't found the news yet online...

Death Disco
September 21, 2011, 07:12 PM
Source? Haven't found the news yet online...

Both of the quotes above are from the band website http://remhq.com (although the website seems to have crashed at the minute)
Also on the 'Breaking News' bar on the front page of the BBC News website.

Death Disco
September 21, 2011, 07:21 PM
Direct link to the story in the news section of the website;
http://remhq.com/news_story.php?id=1446

Stoned
September 21, 2011, 07:47 PM
And here too
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-15012427
Cheers Moz

pewtavert
September 21, 2011, 09:49 PM
Between Morrissey and R.E.M. they have defined my musical life and now one has stopped making music!!!!! Say it ain't so.....

http://www.ontheredcarpet.com/R-E-M--breaks-up-after-31-years--band-says-our-deepest-thanks-for-listening/8363011

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

CrystalGeezer
September 21, 2011, 10:38 PM
:eek:

smiffy
September 21, 2011, 11:56 PM
its the end of the world as we know it..........................

kissmyshadestoo
September 22, 2011, 12:03 AM
its the end of the world as we know it..........................

No, its the end of the band as we know it.......

CrystalGeezer
September 22, 2011, 12:26 AM
And I feel

Happy Maudlin
September 22, 2011, 01:09 AM
And I feel
Sad. I respect their decision though.

Raphael Lambach
September 22, 2011, 02:11 AM
I'm really sorry about that.

I read that one of the things whose motived the band to break-up was these pics:
http://unratedperez.com/?p=94591

realitybites
September 22, 2011, 04:55 AM
I'm bummed. :(

Walkers Crisp
September 22, 2011, 05:34 AM
That's sad really. At least they ended their career as a band on a high note. Their last album was one of their best!

Raphael Lambach
September 22, 2011, 12:56 PM
I highly doubt that had anything to do with it.

Me too.
But we must admit that's really really horrible situation.

Tivoli
September 22, 2011, 01:26 PM
Me too.
But we must admit that's really really horrible situation.

What is a really horrible situation? The break-up is sad of course, but how can these pictures place the band in a horrible situation?

MozIsGod
September 22, 2011, 02:16 PM
Sad, but not at all surprised. They've always been one of my favorite bands, but they've been very hit or miss the past 15 years. Everyone seems to say they should've quit when Bill Berry left, but I think they should have stopped after 1998's Up. That was the last one they did which was remotely interesting and different.

SparkleBoy
September 22, 2011, 02:49 PM
How is this surprising to anyone? I actually thought they broke up 15 years ago until I read that. The last time they put something out worth listening to was back in '96.

Sal Kramer
September 22, 2011, 03:17 PM
I've been an REM fan since the mid 1980's. One of the first times I saw them live, they opened for The English Beat. The band became irrelevant after Bill Berry left. There was a time that they were the best band in the world, but that was many, many years ago...

pewtavert
September 22, 2011, 03:42 PM
How is this surprising to anyone? I actually thought they broke up 15 years ago until I read that. The last time they put something out worth listening to was back in '96.


I've been an REM fan since the mid 1980's. One of the first times I saw them live, they opened for The English Beat. The band became irrelevant after Bill Berry left. There was a time that they were the best band in the world, but that was many, many years ago...


That's like saying that Morrissey became irrelevant when the Smiths broke up! Total nonsense!:guitar:

Oso Blanco
September 22, 2011, 04:28 PM
The band became irrelevant after Bill Berry left.

My thoughts exactly!

Death Disco
September 22, 2011, 05:51 PM
My thoughts exactly!

Then please explain to those of us who are not as enlightened how the drummer made them relevant before he left...

Oso Blanco
September 22, 2011, 06:10 PM
Then please explain to those of us who are not as enlightened how the drummer made them relevant before he left...

I didn't say that. It might just be a coincidence that the band went downhill after he left. I think they reached their peak with Out Of Time and Automatic For The People, and became just plain boring after Monster.

Death Disco
September 22, 2011, 07:05 PM
I didn't say that. It might just be a coincidence that the band went downhill after he left. I think they reached their peak with Out Of Time and Automatic For The People, and became just plain boring after Monster.

I listen to the post-Monster stuff a lot more than I listen to anything from the 80s albums. I never listen to Out Of Time - I've given it many chances but just don't see it as the epic album others seem to.

dv79
September 22, 2011, 10:06 PM
I didn't say that. It might just be a coincidence that the band went downhill after he left. I think they reached their peak with Out Of Time and Automatic For The People, and became just plain boring after Monster.

I completely agree. Monster was their last album in my opinion, and that's pushing it. Although, their best years were always the IRS years. Green was great and Out of time was really good. But I slowly started losing interest in them after that. Monster was the last album I acutally purcahsed from them. I remember hearing Bad Day thinking wow they are sounding like their old selves again. Then I came to learn that they just re-recorded an old song.

They are also 11 years late in breaking up. I remember in the 80's they kept saying they would end it in the year 2000. haha, I never took that seriously of course. I also was kind of dissapointed to see them appear in an episode of the Simpsons. But the demise of the Simpsons shall be left for another conversation.

Again, these are just my opinions, I respect them for being releveant for so long, just not in my world.

Oh my god, it's Robby!
September 22, 2011, 10:41 PM
according to last fm, I have only played their songs 23 times in the last 4 years :eek:
so I guess their break up does not affect me much :o
however, I am sad for all the people here that are affected by their break up :straightface:
Morrissey fans who are also are R.E.M. fans tend to come from the less hateful segment of the population of posters here :thumb:

SparkleBoy
September 23, 2011, 02:16 AM
I could be wrong. I could be right.

stipey
September 23, 2011, 02:55 AM
I don't care what the people who didn't like R.E.M. have to say. I care what the people who do like them have to say. Obviously with my screen name you can see I'm a huge R.E.M. fan. This is very sad to me. I traveled around to see these guys on the last four tours. It is also disappointing to me that in my opinion they put out a great album called Collapse Into Now and 6 months later have the nerve just to quit. Michael says the decision wasn't easy. Well if it wasn't so easy than the decision should of been to stay together. Even if they didn't make any new albums anymore and just toured sometimes. That would be much more accepting to me. That said I love this band so much and they have given me so much joy through these last 20 years. Time really does fly. I knew they wouldn't be together forever but I thought for sure they would carry the band at least another ten years. R.E.M. and their music will live on for years and years to come hopefully. The members are alive and well so that's a great thing.

silentandgrey
September 23, 2011, 03:16 AM
To those who thought Monster was the last great album, you really need to check out New Adventures In Hi-Fi.

chrisarclark
September 25, 2011, 12:20 AM
IMHO the greatest American Rock band of the past 30 years.

the greatest American band of all-time- no argument.

chrisarclark
September 25, 2011, 01:14 AM
surprising lack of knowledge and appreciation of R.E.M. there is here. anyone who would suggest that Monster was their last great album really doesnt hava clue- New Adventures In Hi-Fi is easily a top5 R.E.M.

Murmur - 5/5
Reckoning - 5/5
Fables Of The Reconstruction - 4.5/5
Lifes Rich Pageant - 5/5
Document - 5/5
Green - 4/5
Out Of Time - 4/5
Automatic For The People - 5/5
Monster - 4.5/5
New Adventures In Hi-Fi - 5/5
Up - 4/5
Reveal - 3.5/5
Around The Sun - 3/5
Accelerate - 4/5
Collapse Into Now - 4.5/5

a little generous on some accounts perhaps, but not really- a spectacular 30+ year career that ended too soon.