REM were an American rock band formed in Georgia in 1980 by Michael Stipe (lead vocals), Peter Buck (guitar), Mike Mills (bass/backing vocals) and Bill Berry (drums). One of the first popular alternative rock bands, REM were noted for Buck’s ringing, arpeggiated guitar style, Stipe’s vocal quality and Mills’ melodic basslines and backing vocals. REM released their first single “Radio Free Europe” in 1981 on the independent record label Hib Tone. The single was followed by the Chronic Town EP in 1982, the band’s first release on IRS Records. In 1983, the group released their critically acclaimed debut album, Murmur, and built their reputation over the next few years through subsequent releases and constant touring. Following years of underground success, REM achieved a mainstream hit in 1987 with the single “The One I Love” and in 1988 the group signed to Warner Bros Records. The band then released its two most commercially successful albums, Out of Time (1991) and Automatic for the People (1992), which veered from the band’s established sound and catapulted it to international fame. REM’s 1994 release, Monster, was a return to a more rock oriented sound but still continued its run of success. The band began its first tour in six years to support the album. In 1996, REM re-signed with Warner Bros. for a reported $80 million, at the time the most expensive recording contract in history. The following year, Bill Berry left the band, while Stipe, Buck and Mills continued the group as a trio. They have sold more than 85 million records worldwide and became one of the world’s best selling music artists of all time. In 2007, the band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in their first year of eligibility. REM disbanded amicably in September 2011, announcing the split on their website.
Lissome Art Studio are proud to introduce a range of stylish limited edition art prints dedicated to REM. Each typography poster is individually signed and numbered featuring song titles and lyrics from REM albums and most notable recordings.