Michael Stipe on writing the band REM’s hit song Losing My Religion
Michael Stipe and Mike Mills of the band R.E.M. discuss why they decided to disband and their upcoming retrospective album. The split came after 31 years together and was an amicable one. Mills and Stipe tell Norwegian TV: “We have the rare opportunity to walk away on our own terms and for the only reason to be because we want to. No outside pressures, no bad things happening, no anger, no lawyers…” R.E.M. posted the news on their website in September of 2011 after many mainstream successes and critical acclaim as pioneers of alternative rock from the 1980s to the 1990s.