Posted in music on September 21, 2011

REM

R.E.M. just posted the following message to their website:

"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.
Bye R.E.M.

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Comments (130)

damn.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 1:22 PM

15 years too late

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 1:22 PM

It's The End Of Their Career As We Know It

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 1:25 PM

M.E.H.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 1:26 PM

yea, i SERIOUSLY doubt anyone listened to "accelerator" or "collapse into now" or "around the sun" when they came out, and certainly nobody's still listening to those...

also, now we know why didn't tour behind their last album...

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 1:26 PM

Their last local shows were incredible. I am not one for elaborate stage shows, but theirs was great.

Incredible band. They can go out with their head held high.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 1:33 PM

now I wish I sent to the MSG show last time they played there.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 1:33 PM

Funny how I just started listening to this band.

1:33 (1): What were those shows set up like?

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 1:35 PM

Accelerate was a great album.

Why can't U2 break up? Their albums have sucked harder and for much longer.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 1:36 PM

.......slow clap......................

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 1:36 PM

jones beach show was so fucking good.
made a jaded jerk like me smile from ear to ear. gonna miss em.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 1:38 PM

..............slow clap speeding up a bit...............

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 1:38 PM

a GREAT band doing the right thing.

they were never the same after bill berry left and, while they still created some great music, they were not really r.e.m. anymore.

i first saw them in 1989 (Green tour) and last in 2009 (Accelerate tour). the memories will live on much longer.

thanks guys.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 1:39 PM

Me predicts this is gonna be a long thread

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 1:41 PM

Never dug 'em. Not even in the 80's when their "good" albums came out.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 1:43 PM

It is unfortunate as there are very few rock bands left. REM were of great importance and influenced a lot of bands thorughout the 80's and 90's...I will miss them..They did put ona hell of a show!

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 1:43 PM

saw them at the garden a few years ago with modest mouse and national. i was never really an enormous fan but i thought their performance was amazing. glad i got to see them before they called it quits. bravo, gentlemen

Posted by bobby the rookie | September 21, 2011 1:45 PM

New Adventures in Hi-Fi was underrated

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 1:47 PM

still waiting for them to reply to my fan letter, 20 years later. I guess I can assume now that they're not going to.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 1:47 PM

Non-event

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 1:47 PM

"a GREAT band doing the right thing.

they were never the same after bill berry left and, while they still created some great music, they were not really r.e.m. anymore.

i first saw them in 1989 (Green tour) and last in 2009 (Accelerate tour). the memories will live on much longer.

thanks guys."

make that 2008 (accelerate). that show in the driving rain at jones beach w/the national was incredible. a great memory.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 1:48 PM

@1:47 I am a total OG fan but I absolutely agree with you.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 1:48 PM

was it those weird stipe photos on stereogum that prompted this?

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 1:49 PM

That Jones Beach show is my favorite of all time. I'll never forget that feeling for the rest of my life.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 1:49 PM

They provided the theme music for Get A Life.....totally cool in my book!

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 1:50 PM

that lightening show at Jones Beach was incredible.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 1:50 PM

"New Adventures in Hi-Fi was underrated"

"Leave" from the album is one of my favorite songs ever.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 1:50 PM

I was at that show at Jones Beach when the lightening hit the building. That was the most rain I ever witnessed at a concert. The boys really brought it that night. Amazing show.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 1:51 PM

"New Adventures in Hi-Fi was underrated"

i agree completely 1:47. i bought rem's 'chronic town' ep when it came out in 1981 or so and i've been a major fan ever since.

imho, 'new adventures in hi fi' is their best album.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 1:52 PM

Spin Doctors are way better than REM

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 1:53 PM

Spin Doctors >>>>>>> REM

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 1:53 PM

Great band, although I haven't listened to a ton of their most recent stuff. Saw them twice at MSG and enjoyed the shows.

"Country Feedback" is an amazing song.

Posted by Tremags | September 21, 2011 1:58 PM

who cares

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 1:58 PM

I have a finger in my ass.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 2:00 PM

I saw them in 1985 and was blown away (wow I'm old...) My favorite recent memory is when they were on The Colbert Report. Fun stuff! Will miss them....

Posted by Julia | September 21, 2011 2:01 PM

Today we might lose REM, but Spin Doctors have reunited to play Pocket Full of Kryptonite from start to finish. We lose one great band, but gain back another in The Spins!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 2:03 PM

GUNS N ROSES ARE PLAYING THE IZOD CENTER MOTHERFUCKERS!!!!

(Maybe Spin Doctors will open???)

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 2:04 PM

Sad news but long overdue. Never has a band's music declined as rapidly as REM's did after the excellent New Adventures.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 2:04 PM

REM playing Cuyahoga at Blossom Music Center circa 2003. Awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 2:06 PM

Definitely a great band, with a lot of integrity. Ye will be missed.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 2:09 PM

The new stuff sounded great when they did the live in studio..very fresh...this album would have sounded great live, no doubt.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 2:11 PM

agreed 1:50 (#2). 'leave' is awesome and evokes some feelings i still can't explain this many years later.

i named my cat binky after 'binky the doormat' (he's anything but!) from new adventures.

incredible album.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 2:20 PM

they were still together?

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 2:21 PM

dang

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 2:22 PM

My uncle who I only saw once a year to exchange christmas presents (usually in March) gave me "New Adventures in Hi-Fi" and I hated it. Maybe I should give it another listen.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 2:23 PM

R.E.M. at the Garden touring behind Monster was the first concert I ever saw! Great show and fond memories!

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 2:25 PM

The REM reunion show in 5-7 years is going to be a very expensive ticket.

Like most bands, REM's releases succombed to diminishing returns. Still, REM had a fantastic career.

Posted by Dan | September 21, 2011 2:27 PM

Headliners at Coachella in 2013.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 2:28 PM

This and FB changes. Bummer day.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 2:30 PM

Up had its moments. But yeah, New Adventures in Hi-Fi.. I'd like to see that reissued soon.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 2:32 PM

Should have done a farewell tour with Bill Berry

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 2:33 PM

Should still do a few shows with Berry as a thank you to the fans! Radio City?

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 2:36 PM

Chris Barron here from the Spin Doctors. Little known fact, our smash hit song "Two Princes" from our multi-platinum blockbuster album "Pocket Full of Kryptonite" is actually written in tribute to Michael Stipe and Mike Mills. I know you all are sad that REM is gone, but come see us play PFOK in its stunning entirety at Brooklyn Bowl. Radiohead is opening for us that night, and I plan to be on stage with them when they play their hit song "Creep," and then we'll cover "Losing My Religion," which was a huge inspiration for us when we recorded PFOK.

Posted by Chris Barron | September 21, 2011 2:38 PM

That's me in the spotlight..........

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 2:48 PM

So this is how Chris Barron makes his $$$?

Trying to sell his band towards Radiohead/REM fans....

so pathetic.

Get a life bro!

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 2:49 PM

Never listened to anything past the Monster album. I went through an R.E.M. phase in the early-mid 90s I think thanks to getting those free cd's in the mail from BMG

Posted by AnonHUMMUS | September 21, 2011 2:56 PM

We are playing sold out shows at the Brooklyn Bowl, and touring Europe through the end of the year. Spin Doctors don't need to sell anything, the Spin Doctors concert tickets and copies of Pocket Full of Kryptonite sell themselves.

Posted by Chris Barron | September 21, 2011 2:57 PM

WE, THE SPIN DOCTORS NATION DEMAND COVERAGE OF THEIR REUNION OR WE WILL NOT GO AWAY!

Posted by THE NATION | September 21, 2011 3:01 PM

Last song they played live was "I Wanna Be Your Dog" in Mexico City.

Goodbye guys, it's been fun.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 3:02 PM

Who cares! Spin Doctors will continue to rule...

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 3:09 PM

stand, shiny happy people, nightswimming, losing my religion, man on the moon, the one i love, everybody hurts...

R.E.M. was such a great, great band...


...FOR ME TO POOP ON!

Posted by mark | September 21, 2011 3:10 PM

Michael Stipe here. I wanted to say the main reason we broke up is because we realized Spin Doctors were way better than us, and we felt the polite thing to do was to bow out, tip our caps to them, and be first in line for The Spin Doctors show at Brooklyn Bowl.

Posted by Michael Stipe | September 21, 2011 3:13 PM

^ I love you Spin Doctors dude!

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 3:24 PM

At least the last R.E.M. album was a return to their Murmur days. They went out on a good note, unlike the Spin Doctors, who will never call it a day. Spins don't quit!

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 3:32 PM

Spin Doctors will never break up

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 3:42 PM

I haven't laughed this hard since the last Spin Doctors reunion! I love you Spin Doctors guy! Never quit guy.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 3:50 PM

R.E.M = FAGS.

SPIN DOCTORS = JEWS.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 3:54 PM

you'll have to try harder than that 3:54

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 3:56 PM

ane, manager of Brooklyn Bowl here. In preparation for our upcoming mega show with Spin Doctors playing Pocket Full of Kryptonite in its entirety, we recently started playing Spin Doctors music non-stop during open bowling sessions. For all you Spin Doctors NATION fanatics, stop on by Brooklyn Bowl for endless Spin Doctors music while enjoying your favorite American pastime, bowling! We might even kick in an REM & Radiohead song from time to time, but Spin Doctors is what is important here.

Posted by Brooklyn Bowl | September 21, 2011 3:56 PM

I love how people are talking about that Jones Beach show. I was there, too, and agree that it was a special night. That storm, the crowd, the excitement of the band to power through. It was so much fun. One of those nights that you know is a memorable one even as it's happening.

Farewell to a great band.

Posted by cd | September 21, 2011 3:58 PM

3:56 nailed it!

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 4:00 PM

Whoah, this news about R.E.M. calling it quits just made me spill my DUNKACCINO all over the guy with seven inches while he was in mid-bite of a pita triangle drenched in Hummus and listening to the Spin Doctors.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 4:02 PM

Spin Doctors are playing Pocket Full of Kryptonite from start to finish at Brooklyn Bowl next month!!!! Can't wait!

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 4:04 PM

New Adventures in Hi-Fi was a fucking solid album. But its got nothing on Automatic for the People.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 4:05 PM

Neither of those have anything on Pocket Full of Kryptonite by Spin Doctors

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 4:06 PM

I would like farewell tour...great live band.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 4:10 PM

Some rather harsh comments. Almost as if document, green, and automatic for the people never existed? Yeah, they stuck around a bit longer then they needed to but I feel like they deserve a better farewell than this.

Posted by Bob | September 21, 2011 4:11 PM

I was at that Jones Beach show also...one of the best times I had at a concert. "Welcome to REM Survivor 2008"

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 4:15 PM

just shaved my ball sack and schlong with the BRAUN CRUZER

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 4:15 PM

I saw Mike Mills sit in with the Spin Doctors at the Wetlands back in '91.

It was very special.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 4:18 PM

If they played through that storm at Jones Beach then I would have expected them to play forever through anything.

Thanks guys

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 4:37 PM

Spin Doctors always play through any storm. I once saw Spin Doctors finish a show during a hurricane. Chris Barron is tougher than mother nature herself.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 4:38 PM

..............slow clap stops, but the asshole in the back is still going ...............

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 4:41 PM

Not sure what you are talking about cause Spin Doctors are front and center.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 4:42 PM

Chris Barron IS the Brooklyn Vegan!

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 4:46 PM

Spin Doctors are special...

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 4:46 PM

R.E.M. just go ahead now! If you, want to call it a day, just go ahead now.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 4:48 PM

I am starting to hate this blog.

Posted by Black dude from Spins | September 21, 2011 4:52 PM

I honestly can't remember the last time I gave REM a second's thought. When stipe stopped mumbling, the band started bumbling.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 4:57 PM

Best news I've heard all century.

Posted by Austin Scaggs | September 21, 2011 5:11 PM

PNC Summer of 99 with SpaceHog and MSG 2003? with Sparklehorse. Thanks for the memories boys

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 5:17 PM

They must've heard that reunions are fashionable these days.
Keep your eyes peeled for "REM play Murmur in it's entirety @ ATP" in 2012.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 5:20 PM

spin doctors meme is the best meme since frohawk

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 5:25 PM

Been a whole lot easier since the bitch left town.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 5:38 PM

maybe we will get lucky and U2 and Pearl Jam will take notice....you know a band is long overdue when the bad albums are greater than the good...just saying...even Prince is hiding now

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 5:46 PM

shaved my balls with the braun cruzer and now they are as smooth as michael stipes head.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 5:55 PM

^ Shut up and Spin your Doctor!

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 6:19 PM

I second the notion of U2 and Pearl Jam calling it a day.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 7:09 PM

Pearl Jam still brings it live. Maybe U2 will be scared enough to get weird/Irish again instead of trying to be popular.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 8:49 PM

"Last song they played live was "I Wanna Be Your Dog" in Mexico City.
Goodbye guys, it's been fun."

wrong.
last song they played live was E-bow The Letter at Carnegie Hall

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 9:48 PM

karma's gonna be a bitch for these spent doctors losers.

good luck losers.

thank you rem.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 10:14 PM

REM may be done, but new Guided By Voices LP coming soon!

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 10:28 PM

I hung out with Michael Stipe in Athens once and he told me that it was his honest opinion that "Turn It Upside Down" was the most underrated album of the mid-90s. I think he put it like "that was the album that 'Monster' should have been."

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 11:03 PM

Spin Doctors album Pocket Full of Kryptonite is way better than this snooze fest.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 11:16 PM

ja cuzzi boys

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 11:55 PM

What a great way to boost lagging record sales! How many of you people were talking about R.E.M 2 days ago? lol They'll take a vacation for 5 or 6 years and the it'll be time for the major cash grab reunion tour followed by the "we have a renewed energy, and have decided to record a new album" They'll be back once they get bored or broke.

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 8:14 AM

First saw them on Reckoning tour and they blew me away. Took my then 9 year old son to his first concert to see the Accelerate tour at the infamous "lightning" show at Jones Beach. Stipe threw a few hand silk screened tees into the crowd, one of which my son got. Later he threw his harmonica into the crowd-which my son got as well. After a very long rain delay they opened with a tongue-in-cheek "Have You Ever Seen the Rain". Thought they haven't been very relevant, except to their fans, for years, they had a great run and will be missed.

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 9:29 AM

the announcement came 15 years after the actual end of the band.

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 9:41 AM

"I am starting to hate this blog."

You're more patient than me.

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 10:23 AM

I just saw an autographed copy of Spin Doctors legendary album Pocket Full of Kryptonite on amazon. This will surely break the all-time record for highest selling price ever. It takes The Spins to achieve greatness!

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 10:23 AM

8:14 am nailed it.

Guess what..... they have a greatest hits comp coming out this November!

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 10:51 AM

Spin Doctors don't need a greatest hits record, when Pocket Full of Kryptonite is one solid greatest hit from start to finish on its own.

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 11:04 AM

fuck fest in athens

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 11:17 AM

R.E. MEHM.

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 11:40 AM

Bill Berry, former drummer of REM here, I'll be sitting in with Spin Doctors at their Brooklyn Bowl show next month when they perform Pocket Full of Kryptonite. Looking forward to seeing you there, come say hi.

Posted by Bill Berry | September 22, 2011 11:44 AM

Nick DiPaolo nailed all your "Spin Doctors" to the fuckin' dumpster!

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 11:48 AM

Warner trying to shut this down. New link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjazMfhZgzE

Posted by theendoftv | September 22, 2011 1:33 PM

My first and last R.E.M. show was at MSG the last time they played here (Accerlation tour) and funnily enough, as much as I love the band and everything they've created and done, it kind of wasn't even worth it.. It was strange. I enjoyed myself, but I realized quickly that MSG is just NOT the place to listen to and watch R.E.M. perform..

Glad I got to see them live though before the end.

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 1:33 PM

Accelerate*

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 1:34 PM

REM said that Accelerate was written in the vein of Spin Doctors classic album Pocket Full of Kryptonite.

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 2:01 PM

R.E.M.'s career trajectory tracked exactly with a graph of the auditory decay of a 440 kHz tone plucked on a guitar string actuated with 0.023 ft.lb. force.

In English, they were done a long long time ago.

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 2:13 PM

You know who's not done? Spin Doctors!

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 2:26 PM

REM are rightfully credited with helping to define an entire genre of rock n roll music: "alternative" or "indie" rock ... not a small achievement...

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 2:54 PM

You guys are really ODing with this Spin Doctors shit haha.

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 3:09 PM

SPIN O)))))))

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 3:21 PM

^ The whole point of these trendies repeating a "joke" excessively is to annoy other people and get on their nerves. That is their type of humor, gay as it is.

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 3:23 PM

Oh my freaking GOD will people shut the f#ck up about the god-forsaken Spin Doctors? They are so sh!t. Ugh, I hope this is just people being snarky.

Peter Buch doesn't know it, but he taught me how to play guitar.

Posted by onceler | September 23, 2011 5:16 PM

how do you say "limousine liberals" in redneck? REM...

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2011 12:03 AM

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