A lot of people know the R.E.M. of Losing My Religion and Man on the Moon, but to many fans, the early years when the band was on the independent I.R.S. label were the most meaningful.
From 1982 to '87, R.E.M. recorded an incredible five studio albums, one EP and an outtakes record, all while touring constantly. The sound was fresh and exciting, quirky and intricate. Anyone who was in college at the time, especially, might fondly recall time spent by the turntable, trying to decip...
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