"'Man on the Moon' was not going to get finished," Scott Litt recalls of that frenzied day in 1992. What would become R.E.M.'s quintessential hit was dangerously close to not making it onto the band's masterpiece, "Automatic for the People." The song was done, its instrumentation already committed to tape. But Michael Stipe, the band's enigmatic frontman, lacked those Andy Kaufman lyrics until the last minute. "We kind of made him finish it," says Litt, who produced six R.E.M. albums between 1987 and 1996. "When I hear that on the radio, I'm very thankful for that one day."
After more than three decades and 15 studio albums, R.E.M. announced its breakup yesterday. In celebration of the band's 31-year career, here are 31 chart highlights from "Murmur"'s 1983 Billboard 200 debut to "Collapse into Now"'s chart drive this past March.
R.E.M. have called it quits after 31 years of trailblazing the alternative rock scene. In a statement on their website, the band does not explain what led to the decision, but thanks fans for listening all these years.
R.E.M. has called it quits after 31 years of trailblazing the alternative rock scene. In a simple statement on their website, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers give thanks to fans for sticking with them.