R.E.M. was an American rock band formed in 1980 by singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry. They gained early attention for their unique guitar style and distinct vocals. R.E.M. released their first single in 1981 and went on to achieve mainstream success with hits like "The One I Love". Known for their political and environmental concerns, they continued to evolve their sound throughout the years. In 2011, R.E.M. disbanded after a successful career spanning over three decades.
One of the pioneers of alternative rock, R.E.M.'s influence can be seen in subsequent acts such as Nirvana and Pavement. Their commercially successful albums "Out of Time" (1991) and "Automatic for the People" (1992) showcased a departure from their established sound. The band's versatility is evident in their more rock-oriented album "Monster" (1994). Despite some changes in musical style, R.E.M. continued to release music into the next decade with mixed critical and commercial success.
In recognition of their impact on the music industry, R.E.M. was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Throughout their career, they remained dedicated to touring and promoting important causes while playing large arenas worldwide.