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U2 - 100% match to R.E.M.

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Music Theme Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Spoken Word
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Indisputably one of the most popular rock acts in the world, this Irish quartet’s achievements since the late 70s have been extraordinarily cohesive and consistent. U2 began their musical career at school in Dublin in 1977. Bono (Paul David Hewson, 10 May 1960, Dublin, Eire; vocals), The Edge (b. David Evans, 8 August 1961, Barking, Essex, England; guitar), Adam Clayton Read more

Counting Crows - 84% match to R.E.M.

Genres: Pop / Rock Spoken Word
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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This San Francisco, California, USA-based adult rock band grew out of the acoustic duo Sordid Humor, formed in 1989 by Adam Duritz (1 August 1964, Baltimore, Maryland, USA; vocals) and David Bryson (b. 5 November 1961, USA; guitar). Mat Malley (b. Matthew Mark Malley, 4 July 1963, Oakland, California, USA; bass), Steve Bowman (b. 14 January 1967, USA; drums), and Charlie Gil Read more

Smashing Pumpkins - 78% match to R.E.M.

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Once widely viewed as poor relations to Nirvana’s major label alternative rock, Chicago, USA’s Smashing Pumpkins, led by Billy Corgan (William Patrick Corgan Jnr., 17 March 1967, Chicago, Illinois, USA; vocals/guitar) persevered to gradually increasing commercial acceptance and press veneration. Corgan’s inspirations, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Doors and Black Read more

The Smashing Pumpkins - 78% match to R.E.M.

Genres: Pop / Rock
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The Replacements - 73% match to R.E.M.

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This pop punk band was formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, in 1979, with Paul Westerberg (31 December 1959, Minneapolis, USA; guitar/vocals), Tommy Stinson (b. Thomas Eugene Stinson, 6 October 1966, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; bass), Bob Stinson (b. Robert Neil Stinson, 17 December 1959, Mound, Minnesota, USA, d. 18 February 1995, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; guitar) and Read more

Pixies - 72% match to R.E.M.

Genres: Pop / Rock Spoken Word
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This highly influential alternative rock band was formed in 1986 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, by university students Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV (6 April 1965, Long Beach, California, USA; vocals/guitar) and Joey Santiago (b. Joseph Alberto Santiago, 11 June 1965, Manila, the Philippines; guitar). A newspaper advertisement, requiring applicants for a ‘ H&uum Read more

Sugar - 72% match to R.E.M.

Genres: Pop / Rock
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The Cranberries - 71% match to R.E.M.

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Emanating from Limerick City, Eire, the Cranberries enjoyed major US success during the mid-90s. Their sound was distinguished by the honeyed voice of frontperson Dolores O’Riordan (Dolores Mary Eileen O’Riordan, 6 September 1971, Ballybricken, Limerick, Eire). From a conservative, rural Catholic background, she had sung since the age of four in schools and churche Read more

10,000 Maniacs - 70% match to R.E.M.

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This US band originally comprised enigmatic vocalist Natalie Merchant (26 October 1963, Jamestown, New York, USA), backed by Robert Buck (b. 1958, Jamestown, New York, USA, d. 19 December 2000, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; guitar), John Lombardo (b. 30 September 1952; guitar), Dennis Drew (b. 8 August 1957; keyboards) and Steven Gustafson (b. 10 April 1957; bass). Merchant Read more

Toad the Wet Sprocket - 70% match to R.E.M.

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This US rock band was formed in the mid-80s at high school in Santa Barbara, California, by friends Dean Dinning (9 June 1967; bass/keyboards), Randy Guss (b. 7 March 1967; drums), Todd Nichols (guitar/vocals) and Glen Phillips (b. 29 December 1970; vocals/guitar/keyboards). The unconventional name came from British television’s cult comedy series Rutland Weekend Televi Read more

Manic Street Preachers - 67% match to R.E.M.

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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In their rise from cult punk revivalists to stadium conquering rockers, this Welsh band has enjoyed a love/hate relationship with the music press, opening with a bizarre encounter in 1991. The catalyst was guitarist Richey Edwards, who cut the words ‘4 Real’ into his forearm to the amazement of New Musical Express critic Steve Lamacq, when he dared to call into questi Read more

Pearl Jam - 66% match to R.E.M.

Genres: Documentaries Pop / Rock Soundtracks Spoken Word
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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This revisionist (or, depending on your viewpoint, visionary) rock quintet was formed in Seattle, USA, by Jeff Ament (10 March 1963, Big Sandy, Montana, USA; bass) and Stone Gossard (b. 20 July 1965, Seattle, Washington, USA; rhythm guitar). Gossard had played with Steve Turner in the Ducky Boys, the latter going on to perform with Ament in Green River. Gossard became a memb Read more

Soul Asylum - 65% match to R.E.M.

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Originally a Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA-based garage hardcore band, Soul Asylum spent their early years under the yoke of comparisons with the more fêted Replacements and Hüsker Dü. Indeed, the latter’s Bob Mould was known to fondly describe Soul Asylum as ‘our little brothers’, and was on hand as producer for their first two long-playing sets.Read more

Violent Femmes - 65% match to R.E.M.

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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From Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, this cult indie band was formed in 1981 by Gordon Gano (7 June 1963, USA; vocals/guitar), Brian Ritchie (b. 21 November 1960, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; bass/vocals) and Victor DeLorenzo (b. 25 October 1954, Racine, Wisconsin, USA; drums). DeLorenzo and Ritchie first played together in the Ruthless Acoustics and went through a number of differ Read more

Afghan Whigs - 63% match to R.E.M.

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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From Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, and original stalwarts of the Sub Pop Records empire, Afghan Whigs gained prominence as favoured proponents of grunge, although the traditional nature of much of their recorded output progressively belied this tag. Their Uptown Avondale EP, for example, was a collection of classic soul cover versions, while as early as 1990’s Up In It, they were Read more


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