R.E.M.

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 2007

Inducted by: Eddie Vedder

Nominated in: 2007

First Eligible: 2007 Ceremony

Inducted Members: Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe


Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 2007 (ranked #36) .


Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Murmur (1983)
Life's Rich Pageant (1986)
Document (1987)
Green (1988)
Out Of Time (1991)
Automatic For The People (1992)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Radio Free Europe (1981)
It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) (1987)
The One I Love (1987)
Stand (1988)
Orange Crush (1988)
Shiny Happy People (1991)
Losing My Religion (1991)
Man On The Moon (1992)
Everybody Hurts (1992)
What's The Frequency, Kenneth? (1994)

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If ANYONE deserves a slot, it's R.E.M.

Posted by Gabriel Ricard on Monday, 08.21.06 @ 08:08am


Without a doubt, hall of fame stuff...they made 'college music' commercially successful.

Posted by DaveYes on Tuesday, 08.22.06 @ 14:21pm


The old boys from Athens made the *Georgia* rock hall of fame. Is that some kind of belleweather?

Also, I note that another inductee, a songwriter I've never heard of, wrote Rocky Top, Wake Up Little Susie, and Love Hurts. Holy shit, that's range!

Posted by Jorge on Monday, 09.18.06 @ 17:35pm


Definitely should be nominated. I'm not the biggest fan of them or anything but they did popularize college rock.

Posted by stafer on Saturday, 10.14.06 @ 20:56pm


R.E.M. went from indie-rock and college-student darlings in the '80s, to selling out stadiums in the '90s, to being one of the biggest influences on today's rock bands. They are absolute no-brainers for induction.

Posted by A-Killa on Thursday, 10.19.06 @ 18:22pm


First ballot for sure! I wouldn't be surprised if they get more than double the votes of second place.

Posted by Zeal on Saturday, 10.28.06 @ 14:51pm


With albums as great and genre-defining as Murmur and Document as well as great commercial albums such as Green, Out of Time, Automatic for the People and Monster, they should get it. Based on the other nominees if they didn't get in it would be criminal. Just don't induct them for anything recent (1996-2006)

Posted by Exilewilliams on Sunday, 10.29.06 @ 10:48am


I've been a huge fan of R.E.M. for many many years, so I definitely agree they should be inducted. But, like a lot of other fans have said, R.E.M. really seemed to lose themselves after Bill retired. Everything after New Adventures just seems cold and emotionless.

Posted by meatee on Monday, 10.30.06 @ 20:40pm


Are you kidding me? No one else is REM.

Posted by Michael Boyd on Tuesday, 10.31.06 @ 09:31am


Of course they should be in he hall, they're one of the most original and talented rock bands ever

Posted by Mimi on Monday, 11.6.06 @ 15:48pm


im saying yes because they have influenced every band after them with the exception of slipknot...god only knows who influenced them.

Posted by curt on Sunday, 12.10.06 @ 09:40am


Consistent critical respect with sales to match virtually guarantees a Hall of Fame induction on the first shot. While critical opinion of their post-Bill Berry work is divided, and sales (at least in the U.S.) have really taken a tumble, R.E.M. had more than their share of both for well over a decade. They make it in their first year.

Posted by TJWood59 on Wednesday, 12.20.06 @ 23:04pm


The band that deserves the position the most. 13 albums and not one weak one says everything!

Posted by Michael on Monday, 01.1.07 @ 18:56pm


For certain. Influential, inventive and consistent. As deserving as any band ever will be.

Posted by Scott on Thursday, 01.4.07 @ 10:08am


Certainly one of the greatest bands of all time. They belong on the pedestool right alongside Springsteen,U2, Stones and the Doors. Congrats to R.E.M. Please tell them to get back to the studio soon!

Posted by ron on Thursday, 01.11.07 @ 04:50am


Much deserved! Can't wait for the new stuff to come out.

Posted by Z on Thursday, 01.18.07 @ 08:20am


I am not a fan of R.e.m. but I do give them respect. But there is no way they should be in already. They should not be in before bands like KISS and Rush, Boston, Heart and about 10 others I could name. The rock hall needs new voters.

Posted by John on Friday, 03.16.07 @ 14:05pm


Good, not a great group. Should they be in the Hall of Fame, yes. But to many others have been waiting. Often over the years, when I've followed music, there have been many artists, who although I didn't really care for, I could see why people liked them. I could never figure out the attraction for REM. I've always felt they are an excellent example of a critics band. If you feel they haven't influenced a lot of groups today, that might not neccessarily be a good thing. But I guess if you like mony-drony vocals....well more power to you...

Posted by dave on Monday, 03.19.07 @ 12:06pm


What are you talking about? R.E.M. has influenced numerous bands, including Nirvana.

Since when are Micahel's vocals 'mony-drony'? They were highly influencial to jangle-pop. & I'll take mony-drony R.E.M. over mony-drony My Chemical Romance any day.

Posted by Carly on Sunday, 03.25.07 @ 19:29pm


Mony drony as in "limited vocal range". And another thing, what is same damn innovative about this act? And I can't believe one you above thinks that they belong next to the stones, doors, U2 etc.....not even close!

Posted by Dave on Friday, 05.11.07 @ 12:01pm


"And I can't believe one you above thinks that they belong next to the stones, doors, U2 etc.....not even close!"

U2 doesn't even belong with the Stones and the Doors. Doesn't really make a difference now since both U2 and R.E.M. are both in.

Posted by William on Friday, 05.11.07 @ 17:35pm


Apologies for redundant use of the word "both."

Posted by William on Friday, 05.11.07 @ 17:36pm


In my opinion, the Doors don't belong with Bo Diddley and Muddy Waters, but I know they were a very influential group and a lot of people got a lot of meaning from their music.

I've gotten more meaning and enjoyment from REM and U2 than the Doors for sure.

I think when we grow up in the same time frame as the rise in popularity of an artist their impact isn't as evident as artists who made an impact before we were born (or became aware of them).

Posted by Moni3 on Friday, 05.11.07 @ 22:18pm


"U2 doesn't even belong with the Stones and the Doors. Doesn't really make a difference now since both U2 and R.E.M. are both in."

Sorry but these are two of the BIG groups from the 80s, along with The Smiths (doubt you know them). Unless you're insulting the OTHER TWO, in which case you should be dead meat

Posted by liam on Monday, 09.3.07 @ 15:48pm


Yeah, I'm so culturally inept that I've never heard of the Smiths. I'm also unaware of the existence of cable television and shoes not made of wood and animal hides.

Posted by William on Monday, 09.3.07 @ 18:59pm


REM is a solid group, but certainly overrated. And, I agree with the post above, very much a "critics" band....As for whether they belong "next to" other acts is kind of a dumb point. One, comparing bands from different decades is difficult and unfair. Second what currents bands really measure up the the "classics" and the "giants" of rock music (i.e. Beatles, Stones, Who, etc.) who have been around much longer.

Posted by Anonymous on Monday, 09.3.07 @ 19:08pm


well, i've heard of a band called yourcodenameis:milo, i still know fuckall about them.

and have you listened to The Joshua Tree? Its quite a good album. Some little irish band

Posted by liam on Wednesday, 09.5.07 @ 12:35pm


"well, i've heard of a band called yourcodenameis:milo, i still know fuckall about them."-liam

Since your original assertion was that I had "probably never heard of" The Smiths, I have to ask: What were you thinking? And more importantly, what were you hoping to accomplish?

"and have you listened to The Joshua Tree? Its quite a good album. Some little irish band"-liam

It's actually the only U2 album I own, although not the only one I would consider owning. That doesn't really make up for more than a decade of worthless releases and Bono's rampant crusade of hypocrisy.

Posted by William on Thursday, 09.6.07 @ 05:55am


Why is U2, a hall of fame inductee, worthless? Can't wait for this one...

Posted by Anon on Thursday, 09.6.07 @ 09:35am


I very clearly used the word "worthless" to describe the albums they've released in the past ten years (closer to fifteen, really). I might also use that word to describe your commentary, Anon. Just trying to refresh your endlessly hazy memory.

Posted by William on Thursday, 09.6.07 @ 12:11pm


"Since your original assertion was that I had "probably never heard of" The Smiths, I have to ask: What were you thinking? And more importantly, what were you hoping to accomplish?"

Just trying to pander Morrissey's ego

"It's actually the only U2 album I own, although not the only one I would consider owning. That doesn't really make up for more than a decade of worthless releases and Bono's rampant crusade of hypocrisy."

Sorry, not worthless. I seem to recall your comments on Metallica. Two decent albums, then the rest was shit. U2, at least, have had the decency to stick the odd good track on albums from the past few years.

Alright, so he moved his stuff to avoid taxes, and that was bad, but even you would say its nothing to do with the music

Posted by liam on Friday, 09.7.07 @ 17:03pm


And the award for oddest Spamments goes to...

Posted by Casper on Saturday, 11.24.07 @ 00:04am


Hey, this sure is one persistent fuck-up; I googled that 'text' and it came up with 421 results!

Posted by liam on Saturday, 11.24.07 @ 16:58pm


REM IS IN THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME ALREADY?ARE THE MUPPETS IN THERE ALREADY? OR POSSIBLY THE OSMONDS?db

Posted by DAN BARCAN on Thursday, 05.8.08 @ 13:58pm


REM gets hit with more spam than any other band. I wonder why that is. I do enjoy REM, but what were they thinking when the recorded Shinny Happy People. This really is a very bad song.

Posted by Dameon on Thursday, 12.4.08 @ 03:20am


i agree with dameon of all the songs REM has done i consider shiny happy people to be their worst

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Posted by Ronny on Monday, 03.2.09 @ 12:38pm


They had only one decent song. Loosing my religion. stupid college rock

Posted by Gentle Giant on Tuesday, 08.4.09 @ 23:49pm


And the award for dumbest comment on this thread... goes to Gentle Giant! A well-deserved induction. I agree with Dameon though, "Shiny Happy People" was a bad song.

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 02.28.10 @ 20:04pm


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Posted by on Thursday, 03.25.10 @ 06:38am


"R.E.M. proved that if you work at something long enough and hard enough you can get there from here." - Bill Clinton

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuRWFy-wANk

For those who don't know, or think they're just another band with a couple of 90's hits, watch that and then go out straight away and buy a copy of "Murmur".

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 06.30.10 @ 15:35pm


No smoking!Electron cigaret

Posted by FriOny on Monday, 11.15.10 @ 09:30am


Another annoying wart that won't go away!

Posted by Loop on Tuesday, 01.25.11 @ 14:24pm


I just read on R.E.M.'s website (www.remhq.com) that the band is calling it quits after 31 years of making music. Mike Mills, Michael Stipe and Peter Buck gave their reasons why.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Wednesday, 09.21.11 @ 14:06pm


I see Aaron beat me to it, but here is an excerpt of the band's statement: '“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.'

Sorry I never got to see them in concert.

Posted by Paul in KY on Wednesday, 09.21.11 @ 14:24pm


Are they retiring from music completely, or just from each other?

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 09.21.11 @ 16:48pm


Along with Sonic Youth, the greatest and most important American band of the last 30 years.

Posted by Chalkie on Monday, 11.21.11 @ 22:15pm


Chalkie: I would add 3 other bands (Metallica, Nirvana and Pearl Jam) but I totally agree that R.E.M. and Sonic Youth are in the top 5 of the last 30 years.

Posted by Gassman on Monday, 11.21.11 @ 22:27pm


Best band(s) of the last 30 years? Now this is an interesting proposition (so, bands who started off around 1981 at the earliest?). In addition to those mentioned, I'd like to nominate Radiohead

and the following honourable mentions:

Alice in Chains (Not really a fan, but realistically)
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Blur (Maybe a bit of a stretch, but I said it nevertheless)
Oasis
Soundgarden (Always liked them better than Nirvana and PJ)
Tindersticks (Yes, REALLY)
U2 (I know highbrows don't like 'em, but come on)
The Walkabouts (Again, REALLY)

Any others? (Come on, let's get this discussion going)

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 11.22.11 @ 05:43am


I suppose since I mentioned Tindersticks and the Walkabouts I can't leave out Husker Du

Let's add the following:

The Feelies (Possibly a stretch, but worth mentioning)
Husker Du
Meat Puppets
Pixies
Pulp
The Replacements (Not a fan, but credit where it's due)
Suede
Violent Femmes
Weezer
The White Stripes

I suppose if you want to get really nitpicking, you can go for all the following as well

The Cocteau Twins
Echo and the Bunnymen
Happy Mondays
The Stone Roses

I also forgot to mention the Cure and the Smiths in my initial post (Joy Division and New Order too, though Joy Division was over 30 years ago)

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 11.22.11 @ 06:13am


That should say nit-picky, not nitpicking.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 11.22.11 @ 06:15am


Tahvo: Chalkie did say American, so I think that takes out many of the bands you brought up.

Posted by Gassman on Tuesday, 11.22.11 @ 10:29am


So he did! I missed it, got too enthusiastic evidently.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 11.22.11 @ 10:55am


Best US bands since 1981? My goodness it's slim pickings. Metallica. REM. Nirvana. Pearl Jam. I was going to laugh off Sonic Youth, but then what?

Posted by astrodog on Tuesday, 11.22.11 @ 13:22pm


I didn't say the bands I mentioned were "the best," simply "honourable mentions"

Really, I ended up listing a bunch of notable groups, mostly. Also, since I somehow missed the "American" part, a large number of those are disqualified.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 11.22.11 @ 13:46pm


It was really more of just trying to get discussion going than anything else. Doesn't seem to have really worked.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 11.22.11 @ 13:48pm


My question here is, what constitutes an important band?

Can you not argue that an act like Bon Jovi is just as impt. to the people who followed that style of music as someone who followed R.E.M.'s style? I may prefer R.E.M.'s style slightly, but I'm not sure you can deny other musical threads, & the audiences that followed them.

Since 1981? I'll give it a shot.

Black Flag
R.E.M.
Motley Crue
Metallica
The Replacements
Megadeth
Husker Du
The Beastie Boys
Guns N' Roses
The Pixies
Mudhoney
Nirvana
Pearl Jam
Beck (not a band, but...)
Smashing Pumpkins
Alice In Chains
Rage Against The Machine
Korn
Weezer
The White Stripes

all are American.


Posted by Cheesecrop on Tuesday, 11.22.11 @ 17:14pm


No. R.E.M.'s music was important to the direction Rock & Roll took from the 80's onwards, whereas Bon Jovi's music was simply a dead-end. My 10, in no order.

R.E.M.
Sonic Youth
Bad Brains
Pixies
Hüsker Dü
Pavement
Metallica
Nirvana
Wilco
Guided By Voices

Prince & the Revolution would be cheating.

Is Nine Inch Nails to be considered a band?

Black Flag, the 'Mats, Megadeth, GnR, Pearl Jam, the Pumpkins and the White Stripes would all be alright choices. So would a bunch more indie/underground acts.

If we're including Hip-Hop then Run DMC, Public Enemy, Beastie Boys and A Tribe Called Quest deserve mention.

Posted by Chalkie on Tuesday, 11.22.11 @ 17:55pm


No. R.E.M.'s music was important to the direction Rock & Roll took from the 80's onwards, whereas Bon Jovi's music was simply a dead-end. My 10, in no order.

Posted by Chalkie on Tuesday, 11.22.11 @ 17:55pm
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Technically you're right.

There is one interesting thing that never is brought up, that should be made mention of in passing. This is the fact that everything is done in the present. The folks who followed Bon Jovi couldn't have the foresight to see where the music world would go. It's easy to say in retrospect that it was a musical dead-end, but in the moment, this is not always quite clear.

Not contradicting anything you said - just noting.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Wednesday, 11.23.11 @ 07:09am


I also feel you're not being entirely fair to Bon Jovi either. Their style didn't really dead-end until Nirvana exploded with Smells Like Teen Spirit. Once that bomb dropped, everything changed. To their credit, Bon Jovi held their own in the initial wake, and later came back with "It's My Life', which very much captures their '80s sound. If anything, though, the domination of commercial hip-hop of CHR radio, compounded by Jon's inexplicable shift to country (perhaps to stay pertinent to the kids who loved them back then and had grown up to become Brooks And Dunn fans), that really dead-ended Bon Jovi's overall career. R.E.M. managed to persevere because the CHR crowd was the expansion of their business and not the core model. In shifting times, as long as they kept to the base (the college crowd, which there'd always be a steady supply of), they could continue to hang. That, and having a more simplistic show style, or at least one that was easier to minimalize if necessary (as opposed to Bon Jovi's pyrotechnics), made them more adaptable.

I also would not count out the rise in popularity of the Dave Matthews Band as having affected R.E.M.'s survival positively either. With DMB bringing that scene to the forefront, it was easy for people to re-discover R.E.M. (and U2, once they put out All That You Can't Leave Behind (though 9/11 had something to do with that too)), and for R.E.M. to burst through with more fresh material, "Imitation Of Life" being one of my favorite songs from the group.

It's almost never as simple as it appears on the surface.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 11.23.11 @ 14:04pm


To their credit, Bon Jovi held their own in the initial wake, and later came back with "It's My Life', which very much captures their '80s sound. If anything, though, the domination of commercial hip-hop of CHR radio,

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 11.23.11 @ 14:04pm
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You just hit the nail right on the head.

I can't tell you how many times I've heard 80's pop metal acts making a fuss about what happened when Seattle hit. The problem is, they've got it all wrong. Their anger should be directed at hip-hop, not alternative. If anything, it was hip-hop that swiped the pop end of things out from under them.

Grunge took a portion of the rock end from them, but thrash had already taken a bit as well. In the end run though, it's folks like Jay-Z, Kanye, Beyonce, Eminem, etc., who the Motley's & the Bon Jovi's of the world should be upset about.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Wednesday, 11.23.11 @ 16:02pm


I think the death of hair metal was down to three things. Metallica and the other thrash acts took the metal fanbase away, Cont R&B and rap took over pop and in the process took the pop base away from hair metal and finally Nirvana and grunge/alternative finally hit the mainstream and by taking away the rock scene, finally killed off that wretched genre.

Posted by GFW on Wednesday, 11.23.11 @ 16:19pm


Yeah, but then again, I grew up with hair metal. I still love Poison (but I would NEVER put them in the Hall), so I'll never call i that "wretched genre".

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 11.23.11 @ 17:14pm


No offense to any hair metal fsns was intended, it's just that I never really liked it.

Posted by GFW on Thursday, 11.24.11 @ 11:09am


Why wasn't 'Reckoning' inducted in the Album Project? It's markedly better than 'Document', exponentially better than 'Out of Time', and probably better than even 'Automatic for the People'.

Posted by Chalkie on Saturday, 02.18.12 @ 16:23pm


Why wasn't 'Reckoning' inducted in the Album Project? It's markedly better than 'Document', exponentially better than 'Out of Time', and probably better than even 'Automatic for the People'.

Posted by Chalkie on Saturday, 02.18.12 @ 16:23pm
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Jump in and sway the masses here.

Another voice will make the project markedly better. Your voice will make it exponentially better. Of course, shutting up a mush-mouth like myself would probably make the project even better - but then again, you probably knew that going in...

COME TO THE DARK SIDE OF THE FORCE, CHALKIE! JOIN US, & MAKE IT OUR DAY OF "RECKONING"!!!

consider this a recruitment campaign :)

Posted by Cheesecrop on Saturday, 02.18.12 @ 18:02pm


I prefer INXS over R.E.M.

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 11.17.13 @ 03:16am


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