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The darlings of Athens, Georgia may not have single-handedly pushed college rock to the forefront of '80s pop, but it's hard to imagine it happening without them. And when this 1987album yielded not only the ironic, uncharacteristically upbeat fave "It's theEnd of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)," but also the band's first bona fide Top Ten pop hit with the bittersweet ballad "The One I Love." Producer Scott Litt's subtle mainstreaming of the band's sound here is an obvious plus. But it is the willingness of creative mainstays Peter Buck and Michael Stipe to tinker ambitiously with the band's sonic ethos, pushing it beyond the jangly, often lyrically opaque formula into more emotionally compelling territory that help Document pay its richest dividends. Other key tracks: "Finest Worksong," "King of Birds"

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Honestly one of my faves

I first heard It's The End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) in middle school when I was scrolling through my dad's iPod, and I was immediately surprised at how much I liked it, given that I mostly just listened to Lady Gaga at the time. Fast forward like five years, and the rest of Document is still one of my favorite albums of all time. Super weird, super catchy, and super easy to get into. Michael Stipe's voice is so great and the rest of the band backs him up beautifully. 5/5

It's the end of the world as we know it!!!!!!!

I feel fine! Super cool song get it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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One of R.E.M.s best


Formed: 1980 in Athens, GA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

R.E.M. marked the point when post-punk turned into alternative rock. When their first single, "Radio Free Europe," was released in 1981, it sparked a back-to-the-garage movement in the American underground. While there were a number of hardcore and punk bands in the U.S. during the early '80s, R.E.M. brought guitar pop back into the underground lexicon. Combining ringing guitar hooks with mumbled, cryptic lyrics and a D.I.Y. aesthetic borrowed from post-punk, the band simultaneously sounded traditional...
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