The end of R.E.M. as we know them


Members of the Athens-based band R.E.M. announced in September they would part ways after 31 years of making music together. A statement released on the band’s website said simply “…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.” Bassist Mike Mills and former drummer Bill Berry, friends from Macon, came to UGA as freshmen in 1979, and met singer Michael Stipe, also a UGA student, and guitarist Peter Buck. The rest is history.

A song from the band’s latest album, “Collapse Into Now,” is featured in UGA’s 2011 football public service announcement and can be seen on the big screen in Sanford Stadium on game days and during a break in the action during televised Georgia games. The song, “Oh My Heart,” plays as alumni and fans line up to ring the Chapel bell. The 30-second spot was produced pro bono by “The Bulldog Collective,” a team comprised of Mike Martin (ABJ ’95), Ron Huey (ABJ ’83), Jason Hatfield (ABJ ’95), and Glen Owen (ABJ ’90). See it here: