Out of Time by REM (Warner Brothers, 1991)
Out of Time was American alternative rock band REM’s seventh album. Out of Time is the album that propelled them into international superstardom. In the U.S., Out of Time spent 109 weeks on the album chart, 183 weeks on the British album chart and topped both charts. Out of Time has sold over 4 and a half million copies in the U.S.; over 18 million worldwide. Out of Time won three Grammys in 1992 (Best Alternative Music Album, Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Short Form Music Video for the lead single Losing My Religion).
Losing My Religion has become REM’s biggest U.S. hit. The song reached #4 on the Hot 100, their highest chart position ever. Losing My Religion hit number one in Belgium and the Netherlands while also topping Billboard’s Mainstream and Modern Rock charts.
Shiny Happy People featured B-52 vocalist Kate Pierson. It peaked at #10 on the Hot 100 and #6 in the UK. This was REM’s first song to crack the top 10 in the UK and their only single to reach the top ten in both countries. Shiny Happy People peaked at #2 in Ireland.
Near Wild Heaven was not released in the U.S., but peaked at #27 in the UK. It reached #3 in Ireland.
The final single off Out of Time was Radio Song. It peaked at #5 in Ireland.
In 2007, REM was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In September 2011, REM amicably split up.