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R.E.M. were an alternative rock band formed in Athens, Georgia, United States in 1980. The band originally consisted of Michael Stipe (vocals), Peter Buck (guitar, mandolin), Mike Mills (bass, keyboards, vocals) and Bill Berry (drums, vocals). Berry retired from the band in October 1997 after having suffered a brain aneurysm in 1995.

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. in 1988, and began to espouse political and environmental concerns while playing large arenas worldwide.

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Mike Mills
since 1980 till 2011 Bass, Background vocals, Keyboard
Michael Stipe
since 1980 till 2011 Lead vocal
Peter Buck
since 1980 till 2011 Guitar
Bill Berry
since 1980 till 1997 Drum set
Scott McCaughey
since 1994 till 2011 Guitar
William Rieflin
since 2004 till 2011 Drum set
Barrett Martin
since 1998 till 1998 Drum set

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