R.E.M. signed with I.R.S. Records on May 31, 1982. The deal called for five albums from the group starting with the EP Chronic Town. According to I.R.S.'s press release the EP was to be released on August 24, 1982. Village Voice Critics Poll voted it the #2 EP of 1982.
Murmur was released in April 1983. The album went on to become Rolling Stone Critics' Poll Album of the Year; Record Magazine Critics' Poll Debut Album of 1983, Village Voice Annual Pazz and Jop Poll No. 2 Album of the Year, and R.E.M. was Rolling Stone Critics' Poll Best New Artist of 1983.
Chronic Town and Murmur were supported with tours of the U.S. and Canada.
Reckoning was released in April 1984.
Dead Letter Office was released in March 1987. It was a compilation album with 14 tracks that had only been issued on singles on imports and B-sides. The CD included the five songs from Chronic Town which was the first time these songs were issued on CD.
Peter Buck was voted #94 of Rolling Stone's Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
- R.E.M. Biography. I.R.S. Records, August 1982.
- R.E.M. Murmur Press Release. I.R.S. Records, April 1983.
- R.E.M. Reckoning Press Release. I.R.S. Records, April 1984.
|Bill Berry||1982, 1987||drums|
|Michael Stipe||1982, 1987||vocals|
|Mike Mills||1982, 1987||bass|
|Peter Buck||1982, 1987||guitar|
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|Steve Berlin||Los Lobos|