A Top 10 hit and a platinum album marked the end of their world as an underground sensation, but R.E.M. felt fine.
R.E.M.'s bleakest album rumbles to a close with one more roundhouse political punch.
Michael Stipe's earthquake phobia came to the forefront on this 'Document' track, set to a martial beat.
We've compiled links to all of our stories about the 11 songs on R.E.M.'s 1987 landmark album, 'Document.'
R.E.M. named the 'Document' track "Lightnin' Hopkins" after the Texas bluesman, in spite of the song's lyrics having nothing to do with the late musician.
In writing the cryptic 'Fireplace,' R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe was inspired by a 200-year-old speech by Mother Ann Lee, leader of the Shakers.
If 'Document' was the turning point for R.E.M., then “The One I Love” served as the hinge. The song was released as the album's lead single in August 1987,
R.E.M. brought together a variety of experiences to create the second 'Document' single and one of the most famous songs in the band's catalog.
One of only two times R.E.M. has included a cover on one of their studio albums, "Strange" found the band updating the sludgy Wire song.
Michael Stipe was inspired by 'Animal Farm' to create an animalized revolution put down by the Reagan administration.