REM – It’s The End Of The World

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R.E.M. est un groupe de rock américain formé à l’automne 1979, et baptisé ainsi le 5 avril 1980 par Michael Stipe (chant), Peter Buck (guitare), Mike Mills (basse) et Bill Berry (batterie)
Le groupe devenu trio sort en 1998, et dans la douleur, Up suivi en 2001 de Reveal qui marque le retour à un succès massif pour le groupe grâce au single Imitation of life.
Plus qu’un groupe de rock, les membres de R.E.M. sont aujourd’hui des personnages engagés politiquement et humainement.
Breakthrough success: 1987-1993
For their fifth album, 1987’s Document, the band began a decade-long relationship with producer Scott Litt. Reacting to the conservative political environment of the 1980s under President Ronald Reagan, the album featured some of Stipe’s most openly political lyrics, particularly on “Welcome To the Occupation” and “Exhuming McCarthy”.
Document was R.E.M.’s breakthrough album, and the first single “The One I Love” charted in the Top 20 in the US, UK, and Canada.The album’s second single, “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”, was an apocalyptic rant reminiscent of Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues”. While not nearly as big a success at mainstream radio it reached number 69 on the US singles chart.
1981 : Chronic Town (EP)
1983 : Murmur
1984 : Reckoning
1985 : Fables Of The Reconstruction
1986 : Lifes Rich Pageant
1987 : Dead Letter Office
1987 : Document
1988 : Eponymous (compilation)
1988 : Green
1991 : Out of Time
1992 : Automatic for the People
1994 : Monster
1996 : New Adventures In Hi-Fi
1998 : Up
2001 : Reveal
2001 : R.E.M.IX
2003 : In Time (compilation)
2004 : Around The Sun
2006 : And I Feel Fine… The Best Of The I.R.S. Years 1982-1987 (Compilation)
2007 : R.E.M. Live (Concert au “Théâtre Le Point” à Dublin – 27/02/2005)


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