Michael Stipe is an American musician, more famous as the lead of the famous rock band ‘R.E.M’. He is also a renowned music video director, songwriter, visual artist and film producer. His band came up with their first single titled ‘Radio Free Europe’ which was well accepted by the masses and brought them a contract with the ‘I.R.S. Records’. This helped them come up with their first album called ‘Murmur’ followed by some more albums before their first major hit single "The One I Love". This gave them instant fame and they maintained their reputation with their upcoming albums. After their contract expired with IRS they signed up with the renowned ‘Warner Bros. Records’ to start off with ‘Green’. They came up with ‘Out of Time’ which was their first notable album. It sold approximately 12 million copies worldwide and won multiple ‘Grammy Awards’. They followed up with the album ‘Automatic for the People’ which topped the US and UK charts and is acknowledged as their best album. Apart from this, he has also appeared in a couple of movies. Here is a collection of sayings and quotations by the celebrated artist which have been curated from his interviews, songs, tweets, lyrics, writings, books, thoughts, films and life. Let us browse through the famous quotes and thoughts by Michael Stipe to see life through his perspective.
So, we went from being an Athens band to being a Georgia band to being a Southern band to being an American band from the East Coast to being an American band and now we're kind of an international phenomenon.
If you disagree with me, fine! Because that's the great thing about America, we can disagree!
Because the casual music listeners are the ones who turn on the radio and they don't really care what's playing, they just know that they kinda like it or it's easy to drive to or it's easy to sing along to or whatever.
There was a point in the '80s when I looked out at my audience and I saw people that - were I not on the stage - they'd sooner slug me as they walked by me on the sidewalk. And I realized that I was way beyond the choir.
We made part of the record in Miami, and I would go down to the beach, and not 20 feet from the water I see a fish that is at least seven feet long swimming close to the shore. I did not go back in the ocean the entire month.
So, we just kind of created our own thing and that's part of the beauty of Athens: is that it's so off the map and there's no way you could ever be the East Village or an L.A. scene or a San Francisco scene, that it just became its own thing.
But I think the one thing that I can say about us is that we're very consistent about certain things and part of that is our desire to do the very best work that we can and not rest on our laurels, or not allow formula to come into what we do.
So, when you divide the world into music lovers, music fans and then those people who are just very casual about their music, it's wallpaper to them, it's elevator music, it's just the thing that's playing in the background that helps them through their day.
We're absolutely American and distinctly so, I think. That's part of what people respond to outside of this country, part of the reason that we're such a huge band outside of the U.S., where we're not so popular now as we were 10 or 12 years ago.
But we're very much an American band and that's that. I think that's part of the appeal outside of this country and it might be part of the reason people turned away from us within this country, because familiarity breeds contempt.