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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
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Try not to breathe | Reviewer: Jude
    ------ About the song Try Not To Breathe performed by R.E.M.

The band themselves said in an interview that this song was about an old man they met who no longer wanted to live. I heard it on a radio interview when they came over to UK.

good people | Reviewer: Peter G
    ------ About the song Shiny Happy People performed by R.E.M.

This song makes me feel like its okay to be sad sometimes. People always try to look happy in the eye of the crowd. Keeping troubles behind closed doors. This song makes me laugh with them. I always understand my own thing out of songlyrics. Because i want to. Even if im wrong. It keeps me going. I grew up with R.E.M. along with other TINY happy people. Artists like them are almost nowhere to be found anymore. They will always be f*ckn A to me. Greetings... Peter from Belgium

Really funny | Reviewer: Anonymous
    ------ About the song The Wake-Up Bomb performed by R.E.M.

As a big Oasis fan, I was laughing so hard the first time I heard this. This is an obvious parody of the band Oasis. Their 2nd single, "Shakermaker" was based on the old jingle "I would like to teach the world to sing", which they released in 1994, when Liam Gallagher was 21. "Supersonic" was another one of their singles. The Gallaghers were notoriously self absorbed, especially Liam, who would skip concerts out of laziness. This song pokes fun at his arrogance and attitude. Look them up and I guarantee the lyrics will make sense

missing New York | Reviewer: Layer8
    ------ About the song Leaving New York performed by R.E.M.

I think there is too much over-interpreting of the song.

Had the song on my mind on my first trip to New York this winter although I didn't hear it for many years.
Now, after leaving NYC, it perfectly describes my mood.


still and always beautiful | Reviewer: Anonymous
    ------ About the song Find The River performed by R.E.M.

This song is straightforward, clean and meaningful. Its melody is delicate and strong at one time. Life, death, inspiration, and memory. Everything melted in a golden pot of sensitiveness and elegance. The music brings you high while words describe what your eyes would see if you could look at the movie of your own life.
This is art.
I'm not addicted to REM, but still they did a great job with this song, which deserves much fame and acknowledgement than many others.
Thanks

A pointer. | Reviewer: Dobravko
    ------ About the song Walk Unafraid performed by R.E.M.

"The following area is only for review, if you want to submit the lyrics or the corrections of the lyrics, please click the link at the end of Walk Unafraid Lyrics."
If you have problem with lyrics, take 2 minutes and change them yourself.

Don't Go Back to Rockville, MD | Reviewer: Anonymous
    ------ About the song (Don't Go Back To) Rockville performed by R.E.M.

I moved to Rockville from the US Southwest when I was 6. The kids were rude and mean, but I didn't have any basis for comparison. As I got older, it bothered me that the people on television didn't act like the people around me, and I thought that the TV was wrong, that real people weren't all friendly and hello and are you okay and how can I help you. But then I became an adult and traveled the country coast to coast several times, spending months in a wide variety of locations.

Rockville, Maryland, really IS a cold and unhappy place full of lonely people whose standoffishness makes Vermont seem friendly and whose arrogance makes the French look humble.

For those of us who lived here, those two lines in the song about people not saying hello and not talking to anyone they didn't know, we knew that it couldn't be anything other than our hometown. And those of us who heard the refrain knew how true it was. A year in Rockville is a year wasted. Don't go back.

Dortle Says | Reviewer: Dortle
    ------ About the song Me In Honey performed by R.E.M.

Dortle says this song is one of my favorite by Creed. It's a departure from their usual USA/Jesus Rock anthems, but I like the structure and the guest vocals from the woman from En Vogue.

-Dortle

Discovered them at 62 years young! | Reviewer: Van Allen
    ------ About the song Leaving New York performed by R.E.M.

I was taken up with the first British invasion of groups and music and never fixed REM on my radar. However, if this song is representative of their body of work, then I've really missed something special! It's as good as anything the Beatles or Stones did lyrically or melodically...and I guess that's the highest praise in rock-pop. What a mature vision and talented group performing what has become 1 of my favorite songs after I & my wife left that amazing city in the middle of hurricane Sandy. Gotta now get more of them.

Deep & eternal | Reviewer: Al
    ------ About the song Find The River performed by R.E.M.

Greatest song by REM followed close by Star me Kitten, New test lepper & Wendell Gee (to me). Somehow I still think of it as an unfortunate moment to lead to greatness & freedom. Life is a trail of trials & triumphs. The ocean to me represents life & joy, not death or afterlife, so I'm sticking to my interpretation. So is art, so is life :-)


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