1990s Rock 'n' Roll: A Quiz Deck
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One of several successful bands coming out of the college music scene in Athens, Georgia, these phenomenally successful alt-rock pioneers are universally respected among musicians for maintaining their artistic integrity. Name the band.
Answer Propelled by the ear-catching vocals of Michael Stipe, R.E.M. couldn’t miss in the ’90s. The Grammy-winning Out of Time (#1, 1991) included the hit singles “Losing My Religion” and “Shiny Happy People.” Automatic for the People (#2, 1992) brought “Drive,” “Everybody Hurts,” and “Man on the Moon.” Those were followed by Monster (#1, 1994, including “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?”); New Adventures in Hi-Fi (#2, 1996); and Up (#3, 1998), which was produced after original drummer Bill Berry left the band. All along the way, R.E.M. was steadfast in refusing to be led astray from their creative vision. As Stipe said, “We were always very stubborn in terms of what we would not do. The law of negation served us pretty well over the years. ‘The Rule of No’—I think that’s what we call it in R.E.M. world.” The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.