Sad news! R.E.M., the influential alternative rock band fronted by Michael Stipe, has decided to call it quits after 30 years. In the early ’90s, R.E.M. emerged as a force to be reckoned with on the video scene, dominating the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards with their legendary clip for “Losing My Religion.”
“To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band,” the band said in a statement on its website. “We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.”
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers leave behind an incredible musical legacy, so rather than get too down that they won’t be making any new music, let’s take a look back at their five best videos!
“Losing My Religion”
“Shiny Happy People”
“Imitation of a Life”