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R.E.M. in concert in Padova, Italy, July 22, 2003
Background information
Origin Athens, Georgia, USA
Genres Alternative rock
College rock
Jangle pop
Years active 1980–2011
Labels I.R.S., Warner Bros.
Associated acts Automatic Baby
Hindu Love Gods
The Minus 5
Past members Michael Stipe
Peter Buck
Mike Mills
Bill Berry

R.E.M. is an American rock band. It was formed in Athens, Georgia in 1980. R.E.M. was one of the first popular alternative rock bands. R.E.M. released its first single, "Radio Free Europe" in 1981. The lead singer of the band was Michael Stipe.

During the 1980s, R.E.M. were one of the most important rock bands in the campus radio movement. They became successful internationally in 1987, when they released the song, "The One I Love". They were very popular in the early 1990s and broke-up in 2011. They have been inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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