In the 90s, alternative music shaped plenty of my outward thoughts about music in general. How it could help the fragile, empower, all those different fluff words you normally find in band obituaries and the like. It’s ironic that I use the phrase “band obituaries” since today, alternative group R.E.M. broke up.

“To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, 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.” R.E.M.

The band known for such songs as “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It”, “Losing My Religion” & “Everybody Hurts” was critical in the growth of alternative rock in the 80s and the end is seemingly a moment directly out of left field. Still, fans will be hurt as the band who once rivaled U2 as “the biggest band in the world” is now no more, calling it a day after numerous classic records & hits.