R.I.P., R.E.M.: The Boys Call It Quits

It’s nothing more than a short, direct statement on their website, along with a band photo:

“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.

Is it some kind of weird Kaufman-esque stunt? A temporary spat? Arthritis?

It seems likely that today marks the end of one of the most important, creative, innovative, and (in this humble writer’s opinion) brilliant bands of the past fifty years. Pish-posh with your “Oh, I stopped being into them when they stopped being good” bullshit, because they were always good, often great, occasionally transcendent. And now it’s over.

  • http://www.facebook.com/davidragland David Ragland


  • Clive Young

    Tellingly, this didn’t even make Billboard’s daily enewsletter that it sends out to the industry every weekday. That says pretty much everything you need to know.

  • http://twitter.com/MattSpringer Matt Springer

    It literally happened an hour ago. Maybe…maybe it’ll be in tomorrow’s edition.

  • Guest

    It’s the end of the band as we know it. Sorry….had to get that one in.