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The Release of MurmurR.E.M.'s debut album, 'Murmur,' was released on April 12,1983 on IRS Records, helping to usher in alternative rock in the U.S. Songs like "Radio Free Europe," and "Talk About the Passion" were standouts, but the album as a whole is just incredible. It's classic R.E.M., with haunting vocals from Michael Stipe, thought-provoking lyrics and chiming guitars. On October 6, 1983, R.E.M. made their national TV debut on 'Late Night With David Letterman,' performing "Radio Free Europe" and "So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)," a song that would be included on the band's second album, 'Reckoning,' in 1984.BUY @ amazon
This was the album that hooked me, and so many others, on R.E.M. The band kept it coming, releasing 'Reckoning' a year later. Go back and listen to early R.E.M., if you haven't. And you're welcome.
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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame InductionR.E.M. was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March of 2007. Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder inducted the band at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, giving an extraordinary speech honoring the band, noting that the band has "used every color in the palette...and painted this huge mural of music and sound and emotion."BUY @ amazon
All four original members of R.E.M. (including the retired Bill Berry) then took the stage and performed four songs, including "Gardening at Night," "Begin the Begin," "Man on the Moon" and a cover of The Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog."
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R.E.M.'s performance on MTV 'Unplugged' was one of the more memorable in the show's history. On April 10, 1991, R.E.M. took the stage at Chelsea Studios and gave haunting acoustic performances of "Losing My Religion," "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)," "Belong" and "Fall on Me," among others.
Ten years later, R.E.M. once again took the 'Unplugged' stage, performing acoustic versions of classic hits (1987's "The One I Love" was a standout) and new songs from their album 'Reveal.'
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R.E.M. on Sesame StreetR.E.M. appeared on 'Sesame Street' in January of 1999 during the show's 30th season, performing the song "Furry Happy Monsters," a spoof of 'Out Of Time's' "Shiny Happy People." R.E.M. was even joined by the Kate Pierson Muppet for the segment. Very cute, and particularly fun to see Peter Buck jamming with happy (then sad, then happy again) Muppets.BUY @ amazon
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1991 MTV Video Music AwardsMichael Stipe and the other members of R.E.M. are very politically active. Stipe, in particular, is always quick to draw attention to causes he deems important. This was particularly apparent at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards, when Stipe wore several shirts featuring a variety of different slogans on them, including a pink shirt that read "Love Knows No Color" (along with an AIDS awareness ribbon).BUY @ amazon
R.E.M. took home six VMA's for "Losing My Religion," including a Moonman for Best Breakthrough Video and another for Video of the Year.
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