Talk about college radio. REM was the epitome of a college radio success story. After years of making great albums throughout the 1980s, it wasn’t until the early 1990s did REM find mainstream success. It was most definitely the Losing My Religion song that hit the home run for them. Which is strange because people always talk about how conservative America is and this song was playing 24 hours a day back in 1990. Perhaps America has become more conservative as time marches on?
Wow. I was reading the Wikipedia article on them and the band started in Athens GA back in 1980. And apparently the signed a $80 million contract with Warner Brother which was one of the biggest record deals in history (at that time). Lol. I got to laugh about that one. They don’t seem like the type of band that would signing contracts at that level monetary return. The funny thing is they got signed in 1996 for that obscene amount, which is pretty much when their popularity started to fade. I don’t know if that is supposed to be joke on Warner Brother or selling out when no one is looking.
R.E.M. consisted of Michael Stipe (lead singer), Peter Buck (guitar), Mike Mills (bass), and Bill Barry on drums.
BTW, Green was a great album.