R.E.M. in their music video for So. Central Rain, 1983.

One thing I really like about this video is that Michael Stipe insisted on not lip-synching the words, so he recorded his own new vocal bit in the video over the original instrument parts. His vocals in this are haunting and beautiful, as they are in the original, but you can see his focus in his face as he sings. His vocals add a touch to the video that would not be there had he simply mimed the words, and it makes for a very unique and artistic video.


On April 5th, 1980, Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Bill Berry played their first-ever show at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Athens. The group did not yet have a name, but soon after they became R.E.M., and just three years later, they became one of the most significant musical acts in America - and later still, the world. Happy anniversary, R.E.M.!

R.E.M. has occupied a huge part of my life for two years now, though I’ve been listening to their music since I was very small. Sadly, I cannot say I was even born until long after R.E.M. formed, yet sometimes I feel like I’ve been around all along. Few other musicians - or just few other people in general - have ever meant as much to me as R.E.M. does. So thank you, Michael, Peter, Mike and Bill, for everything you have done for me and for so many others. I know I will still be playing your records thirty-four years from now and enjoying them the same way I did the very first time I listened to them, when I was thirteen years old and really falling in love with music for the first time.


On April 5th, 1980, Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Bill Berry played their first-ever show at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Athens. The group did not yet have a name, but soon after they became R.E.M., and just three years later, they became one of the most significant musical acts in America - and later still, the world. Happy anniversary, R.E.M.!


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