REM's lead singer, Michael Stipe, runs a vegetarian bar in his home town of Athens, Georgia. Donnie and Danny from New Kids on the Block have a clothes shop and Flavor Flav of the rap group Public Enemy has a barber shop.
The team existed for 31 years, the announcement of the collapse was published September 21, 2011.
The band's name is usually interpreted as a medical abbreviation for Rapid Eye Movement - rapid eye movement. In physiology it is one of the hallmarks of the so-called "REM sleep" - the phase in which the sleeper sees dreams.
«REM» played a crucial role in the creation and development of alternative rock. Allmusic states that "R.E.M. symbolizes the moment when post-punk turned into alternative rock".