Eight Posts That You'll Probably See Somewhere On The Internet Now That R.E.M. Has Called It Quits

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R.I.P., R.E.M.
8. I Wanted To Be Wrong: Why Around The Sun Is R.E.M.'s Stealth Masterpiece

7. One Time I Stood Across The Street From Michael Stipe's House: A 4,000-Word Memoir About Five Minutes That Changed My Life Forever

6. The Five Best Moments On Get A Life

5. Was Michael Stipe's Tumblr Dick Shot A Sign That This Was All Inevitable?

4. Celebrities React On Twitter To R.E.M.'s Breakup

3. Seven Other Bands That Should Follow R.E.M.'s Lead And Break Up Right Now

2. Oh My God Can We All Stop With The "I Thought R.E.M. Broke Up A Long Time Ago" Jokes, They Put Out A Record Six Months Ago: Social Memory Of Music And The Internet Age

1. The [Insert Number Here] [Best/Worst/Most Overrated/Most Underrated] R.E.M. Songs (nb: you're probably going to see this one a lot, so get ready)

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spiderricoMN
spiderricoMN

This, of course, can mean only one thing: The band's original four members will gather in 2013 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga. -- the band's hometown and springboard to stardom -- to kickoff an international, multi-media, super-colossal, mega-tour.

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Rev. Rob
Rev. Rob

It's the end of the world as we know it, but I feel fine. - That pretty much sums up how I feel about this news. 

POLL: Are you going to miss R.E.M. now that they've broken up?Vote: http://www.wepolls.com/p/28452...

Dan Weiss
Dan Weiss

I'll be leading the "Shiny Happy People" Is Great contingent

Epac
Epac

That will be one small contingent.

Rsietsema
Rsietsema

You missed "Why Night Swimming is the Greatest Song of All Time"!

ikenwan
ikenwan

But can we take a moment to remember just how awesome these guys were?

Jeremy
Jeremy

buzzkill isn't quite the right word, but...

Innajunglestylee
Innajunglestylee

#11 is, of course "REM Announces Intention to Headline Coachella in (insert near future date here)." 

Michael Tedder
Michael Tedder

Straight up willing to defend Up at their third best album over here. 

Barry Bailey
Barry Bailey

nice, but what do I know, I listen to New Adventure in Hi-Fi on purpose.

Chris Molanphy
Chris Molanphy

Third-best? No (it has to get past Document and Reckoning; I assume you're placing Murmur and Automatic above all). But I will totally back you up that Up is a seriously underrated record and the only post-Berry triumph.

Honestly, if they'd broken up at NYE '99 as discussed, they'd still have Up and their legacy would be totally unfuckwittable.

J T. Ramsay
J T. Ramsay

Completely agree on the NYE breakup. It was something I would've better understood than the legacy-spoiling mess they left after Up, an album I very much love.

Chris Molanphy
Chris Molanphy

I have a version of No. 7, but I'll spare you.

Here are a ninth and 10th article/meme that I'm confident you'll also see by end of week:

• "Rethinking the Legacy: What If They'd Broken Up on New Year's Eve 1999 As Promised?"

• "Bill Berry, Michael Anthony and John Frusciante and the Folly of Soldiering on When the Unassuming Background Dude/Secret Weapon Leaves"

Matt Springer
Matt Springer

This has to set some kind of new record for "snarky pre-reaction to snarky reaction to news" on the internet. though it's all true. 

Scofield
Scofield

Agreed on all counts, though there's nothing wrong with fans of the band and critics detailing some of the things listed here. R.E.M. was around for 31 years and if they didn't affect the writer of this article that's fine, but let's not discount the reactionary pieces of value that will follow just because they fit into one of your buckets. 

maura
maura

I am sure that there will be quite a few worthy pieces written! However, my RSS feed also makes me weary at times.

Jim Haku
Jim Haku

It's The End of R.E.M. As We Know It And I Feel Fine [?]

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Thanks Maura - I actually like Around The Sun a lot. That alone makes me feel good! 

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