Shiny happy people...

R.E.M. is an American band formed in 1980 in Athens, Georgia and originally composed of Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe. A group that can boast of having sold no less than 85 million records to date, making him one of the best-selling groups in the world.

The group released his first single "Radio Free Europe" in 1981, a single which was highly regarded, especially from critics, but had very limited commercial success.

They will have to wait another 2 years and the release of the album "Murmur" in 1983 to see their efforts finally rewarded. The album was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic and launched the band's career for good, notably thanks to a reworked version of the track "Radio free Europe".

New album "Reckoning" in 1984, album acclaimed by critics and which confirms the rise of the group but without allowing him to compete with the greatest. The album "Fables of the Reconstruction" which came out a year later in 1985 will do slightly better but nothing more. A relative failure due to the album's appalling recording conditions in England.

The second part of the 1980s will be much more favorable to the group with a clearly increasing level of success, starting with the album "Lifes rich pageant" which was released in 1986. Paradoxically, the album struggled to produce a any single of planetary class.

On the other hand, the next album "Document", which was released in 1987, produced their first global mega-hit, "The one I love", which sent the group to the forefront of the international stage in a resounding fashion.

A dynamic of success that was amplified even more when the album "Green" was released a year later in 1988, the year in which the group changed labels and arrived at Warner Bros Records. The album will sell more than 4 million copies worldwide and alone produce 2 mega hits "Orange crush" and "Stand". To which is added the top hit "Pop song 89", bringing to 3 the number of world class singles produced by the album.

You would think that the band has reached its peak and that the 1990s will be the decade of decline. It’s bad to know them ! The album "Out of time" which came out in 1991 will smash everything in its path, sell altogether more than 12 million copies around the world and raise the group to a level of notoriety that they would never have imagined. With the result the production of an enormous single which will surely remain as the most emblematic of all their discography, namely "Losing my religion", single which will deeply mark this year 1991 and especially the beginning of the 1990s.

Album which will be worth to them 3 Grammy Awards in 1992 and which will also produce a second single of interplanetary class with the title "Shiny happy people" which they interpret in duet with Kate Pierson of the B-52's (another flagship group also from Athens) .

An adventure which continues in earnest a year later in 1992 with the release of the album "Automatic for the people", the group's new flagship album (nearly 15 million copies will be sold !) And considered to be this day by critics as the best album of all their discography. Album of all records with no less than 4 mega hits produced such as "Drive", "Man on the moon", "The sidewinder sleeps tonite" and the enormous "Everybody hurts". But also 1 additional top hit with the title “Nighswimming” !

New album "Monster" in 1994, album with less success but which will still sell more than 9 million copies ! And who will produce no less than 3 new mega hits with the titles "What’s the frequency Kenneth ?","Bang and blame" and "Strange currencies". To these 3 flagship titles is added the top hit "Crush with eyeliner", thus making this album one of the most successful of the group.

Nothing, and no one, was able to stop the group during this decade since they produced an extraordinary album again in 1996 with the album "New adventure in HI-FI". Album a little less prolific than the previous one but which will still produce the mega hits "E-Bow the letter" and "Bittersweet me".

An incredible adventure that did not end with the release in 1998 of the album "Up", an album which kept the group at a stratospheric level of success but which nevertheless struggled to produce as many mega hits as its predecessors. Only the single "Daysleeper" will achieve mega hit status.

A drop in speed that will not prevent them from coming back the following decade and from continuing to smash everything. But that's another story…

To discover or rediscover.

Discography (among others ...) :

  • Radio Free Europe 1983

  • Talk about the passion 1983

  • So. Central rain (I'm sorry) 1984

  • Pretty persuasion 1984

  • Can't get there from here 1985

  • Fall on me 1986

  • The one I love 1987

  • It's the end of the world as we know it (And I feel fine) 1987

  • Finest worksong 1988

  • Orange crush 1988

  • Stand 1989

  • Pop song 1989

  • Losing my religion 1991

  • Shiny happy people 1991

  • Near wild heaven 1991

  • Radio song 1991

  • Drive 1992

  • Man on the moon 1992

  • The sidewinder sleeps tonite 1993

  • Everybody hurts 1993

  • Nightswimming 1993

  • Find the river 1993

  • What's the frequency, Kenneth ? 1994

  • Bang and blame 1994

  • Strange currencies 1995

  • Crush with eyeliner 1995

  • E-Bow the letter 1996

  • Bittersweet me 1996

  • Electrolite 1996

  • Daysleeper 1998

  • Lotus 1998

  • At my most beautiful 1999

  • Suspicion 1999

  • The great beyond 1999

  • Imitation of life 2001

  • All the way to Reno (You're gonna be a star) 2001

  • I'll take the rain 2001

  • Bad day 2003

  • Animal 2004

  • Leaving New-York 2004

  • Aftermath 2004

  • Electron blue 2005

  • Wanderlust 2005

  • #9 Dream 2007

  • Supernatural superserious 2008

  • Hollow man 2008

  • Mine smell like honey 2011

  • Überlin 2011

  • Oh my heart 2011

  • Discoverer 2011

  • We all go back to where we belong 2011

Clips :

1983 ... a first version of the title comes out in 1981 but will go unnoticed to say the least. This version, on the other hand, will not go unnoticed and launch the group's career for good ...

1983 ... a second title of more than certain quality and which nevertheless went completely under the radar. It had started well though ...

1984 ... fortunately business resumed in 1984 and put the group back on the front of the stage. This is called a toll-free warning ...

1984 ... the recovery is confirmed with this title which will not remain as their best ranked title, it is clear, but which at least has the merit of keeping them largely afloat

1985 ... the group traces its route quietly but surely. Nothing exceptional so far but a good job for sure !

1986 ... the big take off will not yet take place in this year 1986 but the group is gaining strength, it is obvious. So we imagine that something big will necessarily happen at some point !

1987 .... the big takeoff, here it is ! We suspected that at some point all their efforts would pay off. It is now done with this title !

1987 ... a sequel that will not really have the same level of impact as the title that preceded it. On this occasion, the group rather confused speed and precipitation ...

1988 ... a year 1988 which starts again on the same bases as the end of the previous year, that is to say in a rather average way. Attention danger as they say ...

1988 ... the titles follow one another but do not necessarily resemble each other, that's clear. As much as the previous title went somewhat under the radar, this one will make talk about it !

1989 ... and what to say about it ! The group won a new planetary star in the year 1989 and ended the 1980s on the hats of wheel. It promises for the future !

1989 ... the group undoubtedly becomes one of the phenomena of the moment and is ideally positioned for the following events. A sequel that will prove to be grandiose to say the least !

1991 ... and the grandiose sequel, here it is ! Here they sign quite simply the biggest success of their entire career and deliver a title that will become one of the most emblematic titles of the whole decade, just that. MAS-TER-FUL !

1991 ... and they put it right back ! The group is at the height of its art and it shows, above all it can be heard ! All the more so when they have the incredible and above all excellent idea to go and poach Kate Pierson from the B-52's, the result can only be extraordinary. And he is !

1991 ... a year 1991 which will undoubtedly remain as one of their best vintages. Even if this title will be the 'little' hit of the year, we will largely be satisfied with it !

1991 ... a hybrid title which mixes strength and finesse and which ends an exceptional year in all respects for the group. There are years like this !

1992 ... a title full of finesse, at least initially. Because with them, it always has to beat up at one time or another. This title will not escape it ...

1992 ... this time, they will hold on to the end on the light side. Well almost. Anyway, in this year 1992 they will have offered us another facet of their talent that we can only necessarily appreciate !

1993 ... a year 1993 which started again on the hats of wheel. No more finesse and lightness, return of the style that has always been their business. But it could be that what follows has in store for us a hell of a surprise !

1993 ... they will have signed one of the biggest Dance hits of the 90s, they will add one of the biggest Intimist hits, just that. Their talent is really well above average at the start of the decade and the competition had better watch out. MA-GIC !