R.E.M - Discography

Album in this Chart:

.:. Reckoning .:.
.:. Lifes Rich Pageant .:.
.:. Document .:.
.:.Fables of the Reconstruction .:.
.:. Automatic for the People .:.
.:. Out of Time .:.

Studio albums

  1. Murmur (12 April 1983) #36 US US: Gold
  2. Reckoning (14 April 1984) #27 US; #91 UK US: Gold
  3. Fables of the Reconstruction (10 June 1985) #28 US; #35 UK US: Gold
  4. Lifes Rich Pageant (28 July 1986) #21 US; #43 UK US: Gold
  5. Document (1 September 1987) #10 US; #28 UK US: Platinum
  6. Green (8 November 1988) #12 US; #27 UK US: 2x Platinum
  7. Out of Time (12 March 1991) #1 US; #1 UK US: 4x Platinum/UK: 5x Platinum Worldwide: 13 million
  8. Automatic for the People (6 October 1992) #2 US; #1 UK US: 4x Platinum/UK: 5x Platinum Worldwide: 18 million
  9. Monster (27 September 1994) #1 US; #1 UK US: 4x platinum/UK: 3x Platinum Worldwide: 10 million
  10. New Adventures in Hi-Fi (10 September 1996) #2 US; #1 UK US: Platinum/UK: 2x Platinum Worldwide: 5.5 million
  11. Up (27 October 1998) #3 US; #2 UK US: Gold/UK: Gold Worldwide: 3 million
  12. Reveal (15 May 2001) #6 US; #1 UK US: Gold/UK: 2x Platinum Worldwide: 4 million
  13. Around the Sun (5 October 2004) #13 US; #1 UK UK: Platinum Worldwide: 2 million

Formation (1980-1982)

R.E.M. formed at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, in January 1980. Discovering they had similar tastes, vocalist Michael Stipe (born January 4, 1960 in Decatur, Georgia) and guitarist Peter Buck (born December 6, 1956 in Berkeley, California) began working together, eventually meeting bassist Mike Mills (born December 17, 1958 in Orange County, California) and drummer Bill Berry (born July 31, 1958 in Duluth, Minnesota). In April 1980, the band formed under the name Twisted Kites to play a birthday party for their friend Kathleen O'Brien, rehearsing a number of garage, psychedelic bubblegum, and punk covers in a converted Episcopalian church. By the summer, the band had settled on the name R.E.M. after flipping randomly through the dictionary. Around the same time, the band met Jefferson Holt, who became their manager after witnessing the group's first out-of-state concert in North Carolina. Eventually, the band members dropped out of school to concentrate on their musical career.

Over the next year and a half, R.E.M. toured throughout the South, playing a variety of garage rock covers and folk-rock originals. At the time, the band was still learning how to play, as Buck began to develop his distinctive, arpeggiated jangle and Stipe ironed out his cryptic lyrics. During the summer of 1981, R.E.M. recorded their first single, "Radio Free Europe", at Mitch Easter's Drive-In Studios. Released on the local indie label Hib-Tone, "Radio Free Europe" was pressed in a run of only 1,000 copies. The single became a hit on college radio and topped the Village Voice's year-end poll of Best Independent Singles. Their country/folk sound was contradicted by a driving bassline and an urgency that suggested The Who in their early mod phase. Paired with the distinctive voice of Stipe and his inaudible and indecipherable lyrics, R.E.M.'s sound was unique in the post-punk era of the early 1980s.

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bulut on 9:11 am said...

.:. Reckoning .:.
.:. Track Listings .:.
01. Harborcoat
02. Seven Chinese Brothers
03. So Central Rain (I'm Sorry)
04. Pretty Persuasion
05. Time After Time
06. Second Guessing
07. Letter Never Sent
08. Camera
09. Don't Go Back To Rockville
10. Little America

.:. Lifes Rich Pageant .:.
.:. Track Listings .:.
01. Begin the Begin
02. These Days
03. Fall on Me
04. Cuyahoga
05. Hyena
06. Underneath the Bunker
07. Flowers of Guatemala
08. I Believe
09. What If We Give It Away?
10. Just a Touch
11. Swan Swan H
12. Superman

.:. Document .:.
.:. Track Listings .:.
01. Finest Worksong
02. Welcome To The Occupation
03. Exhuming McCarthy
04. Disturbance At The Heron House
05. Strange
06. It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
07. One I Love
08. Fireplace
09. Lightnin' Hopkins
10. King Of Birds
11. Oddfellows Local 151

R.E.M. - Fables of the Reconstruction
.:. Track Listings .:.
01. Feeling Gravitys Pull
02. Maps and Legends
03. Driver 8
04. Life and How to Live It
05. Old Man Kensey
06. Can't Get There from Here
07. Green Grow the Rushes
08. Kohoutek
09. Auctioneer (Another Engine)
10. Good Advices
11. Wendell Gee

.:. Automatic for the People .:.
.:. Track Listings .:.
01. Drive
02. Try Not To Breathe
03. Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite
04. Everybody Hurts
05. New Orleans Instrumental No 1
06. Sweetness Follows
07. Monty Got A Raw Deal
08. Ignoreland
09. Star Me Kitten
10. Man On The Moon
11. Nightswimming
12. Find The River


.:. Out of Time .:.
.:. Track Listings .:.
01. Radio Song
02. Losing My Religion
03. Low
04. Near Wild Heaven
05. Endgame
06. Shiny Happy People
07. Belong
08. Half A World Away
09. Texarkana
10. Country Feedback
11. Me In Honey

Trepouas IV said...

Thumbs up, brother! R.E.M. is one of the best True-Rock banda I know.

Tnx!

Anonymous said...

Awesome post! If you've got any of their other discs I'd love to see them. Thanks a ton.

molotov on 4:13 pm said...

Very interesting to see their sales in the U.S. & U.K. Thanks for this post.

bulut on 3:39 pm said...

R.E.M. - New Adventures In Hi-Fi
ftp://83.226.87.218/protected/music/REM/R.E.M.%20-%20New%20Adventures%20In%20Hi-Fi/

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