It’s the end of R.E.M as we know it.

The coolest band to ever come out of the state of Georgia is calling it quits. R.E.M, fronted by Michael Stipe, is taking it’s collection of ecletic lyrics and iconic songs and putting up the going out of business sign. Here’s the announcement from their website:

“As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.”

To Stipe, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and the already retired, Bill Berry, thanks for 31 years of great music.  I give you the only fitting R.E.M song to accompany this announcement.