Formed in 1980, R.E.M. was one of the first indie or alternative rock bands that benefited from college radio. For me, R.E.M. was a high-speed, trippy folk-rock band. Transformative bands bring a unique sound, they up the game. Fifteen albums, six platinum albums, 90 million albums sold, multiple world tours, Grammy Awards, and a Rock … More R.E.M.