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R.E.M Breaks Up After 31 Years

Check out Bas Rutten's Liver Shot on MMA Surge: R.E.M., the Athens, Georgia band founded in 1980 by singer Michael Stipe has called it quits. The news came on the band's official web site with the following group statement: "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. 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." R.E.M. first burst onto the scene from Athens, Georgia 30 years ago with the neo-jangle pop single "Radio Free Europe." The group's early efforts made them a critical favorite and defined successful college rock at the time. In the early '90s, R.E.M. became one of the leading lights of the alterna-rock breakthrough, scoring albums that sold over 4 million copies at their peak on discs like "Out of Time" and "Automatic For the People." Yet, by the late '90s, their music began to slow and their sales suffered for it. 2008's "Accelerate" tried to regain the old flair, but it didn't return the band to chart glory. By the time their last CD arrived this year, "Collapse Into Now," the audience had moved on. "I hope our fans realize this wasn't an easy decision; but all things must end, and we wanted to do it right, to do it our way," says frontman Michael Stipe. So what do you think? Are you sad or indifferent about R.E.M. breaking up? Leave a comment below and let us know.
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