Members of R.E.M. have performed on various demos, with other bands, and on released recordings.

Bill BerryEdit

Artist Release Year Role Notes
13111 My Bible Is the Latest TV Guide/Things I'd Like to Say 1989 Solo project Solo single released by Jefferson Holt's Dog Gone Records in 1989. The a-side is a Berry original credited to "Stashus Mute;" the b-side is a cover of the New Colony Six song from the 1968 album Revelations. "13111" is a translation of "Bill" into numerals.
Bill Berry n/a 1997-12-17 Drums Bill drums with friends at a charity event for Tourette's Syndrome at the Morton Theater. After the show, he auctions off his drum set.
Bill Berry Riviera Nap 2000 Co-writing, drums Bill and fellow Athenian Davis Causey contributed this song to the Tourette's Syndrome benefit compilation Welcome Companions in the summer of 2000. He also drummd on three tracks by Sherry Joyce.
Love Tractor n/a 1980 Drums Bill joined the Tractor for five months and played with them at the same time as R.E.M. He ultimately chose the latter because they were willing to quit school to play music.
Love Tractor Love Tractor 1982 Writing When the Tractor's self-titled debut album was released, it included the Berry composition Motorcade. The album was re-released two years later as 'Til the Cows Come Home.
Love Tractor The Sky at Night 2001 Percussion Bill rejoined the line-up as a percussionist during their 2001 reunion album, playing on Bright.
Michelle Malone New Experience 1988 Drums Plays on Into the Night.
Rana n/a 2001-07 Production Bill produced demos of this New Jersey band, including the songs Day She Went Away, [Love It] Automatic, Not So Mopso, Ring in the Sand, and So Long Edgewood.
Widespread Panic n/a 2000-03-01 - Athens, United States Drums Bill sat in with this band for a benefit playing Ride Me High, Drums, Time Is Free, and Climb to Safety. Mike Mills joined the band the following night.
WUOGerz n/a 1980 Drums A band made up of fellow UGA students, named after the campus radio station WUOG.

Peter BuckEdit

Artist Release Year Role Notes
Dashboard Saviors Kitty 1991 Guitar On the tracks Town and Droppin' and with Mike on Drivin' Blind. Mike also plays on Consummation.
The Full Time Men Full Time Men 1985 Guitar Peter plays on all three tracks: I Got Wheels, One More Time, and Way down South; Mike performs organ on One More Time
Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians Perspex Island 1990 Guitar On Lysander; So, You Think You're in Love; Child of the Universe; Earthly Paradise; Oceanside; She Doesn't Exist; Vegetation & Dimes; and Ride. Michael sings on She Doesn't Exist and Dark Green Energy.

Mike MillsEdit

Artist Release Year Role Notes
The Backbeat Band Backbeat 1994 Bass and vocals Mike was assembled as part of an alternative rock supergroup to record the soundtrack to the film of the Beatles' Hamburg days, along with Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli as John Lennon's vocals, Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum as Paul McCartney's vocals, Gumball's Don Fleming and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth on guitar, and Dave Grohl from Nirvana on drums. Tracklisting: Money (That's What I Want), Long Tall Sally, Bad Boy, Twist and Shout, Please Mr. Postman, C'mon Everybody, Rock & Roll Music, Slow Down, Roadrunner (Mills vocals), Carol, Good Golly Miss Molly, and 20 Flight Rock. A video was made for Please Mr. Postman. Roughly eight more songs were recorded during the sessions, including the b-sides to the soundtrack's singles.
The Backbeat Band Money (That's What I Want)/Dizzy Miss Lizzy/He's Wearing My Bathrobe 1994 Bass and vocals
The Backbeat Band Please Mr. Postman/C'Mon Everybody/Long Tall Sally 1994 Bass and vocals
The Backbeat Band n/a 1994-06-04 Bass and backing vocals The Backbeat Band performed Money, Long Tall Sally, and Helter Skelter at the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles.
Brando Fuori dal Branca 1994-02-xx Organ On the track Fuori dal Branca (Italian for "Out of the Branch.") This collaboration was engineered by Jefferson and part of the album was recorded in John Keane Studios.
Continental Drifters n/a 1998-11-21 - New York City, United States Performance At the Sandy Denny Tribute in St. Anne's Church, Brooklyn, this ad hoc band composed of Debi Bonet, Susan Cowsill, Peter Holsapple, Mike, and Vicky Peterson performed It Suits Me Well.
Jim Courier, Mitch Easter, Love Tractor, and Mike Mills n/a 1998-12-17 - Athens, United States Performance For Mike's 40th birthday party, Mike, Mitch, and tennis player Jim Courier join Love Tractor to perform Superman and Near Wild Heaven.
Dashboard Saviors Kitty 1991 Bass On the track Consummation and with Peter on Drivin' Blind. Peter also plays on Town and Droppin'.
Greenhouse Demo 1992-01-XX Production This Athens band recorded five demos with Mike; three of them were released on the compilation Gallery: Athens, GA: 6 Bands from the Capital of College Music.
Robyn Hitchcock n/a 1998-11-20 - New York City, United States Guitar Mike joined on Electrolite at the Mercury Lounge, with Michael holding the lyrics for Robyn's benefit.
Robyn Hitchcock, Scott McCaughey, Mike Mills, and Ken Stringfellow n/a 2001-11-11 - London, United Kingdom Performance At Dingwalls in England, these performers did two sets of covers, including several Minus 5 numbers, with Stringfellow and Hitchcock solo performances in the middle: Wang Dang Doodle, One After 909, Your Day Will Come (Minus Five), Good Times Rock 'n' Roll, Dead from the Waist Down, I've Been High, I've Got a Lyrical Stance, Desperate for Someone. Ken Stringfellow: Down Like Me, Your Love Won't Be Denied, This One's on You, One Morning, Reveal Love, The Lover's Hymn, Here's to the Future. Robyn Hitchcock: Ted, Woody, and Junior; Chinese Bones; A Man's Gotta Know His Limitations, Briggs; Om; Queen of Eyes. Set two: (Don't Go Back To) Rockville, Electrolite, I'm So Hungry for Love, San Francisco, California Dreamin', All Along the Watchtower, A Day in the Life, Something, Airscape, Here Comes the Sun, Kung Foo Fighting, and an encore of God Only Knows
Idlewild n/a 2005-07-10 - Cardiff, United Kingdom Piano and vocals Mike performed on Sweet Home Alabama when this band opened for R.E.M. at Millennium Stadium in Wales.
Billy James Hands Down 1986 Production
Billy James Sixes and Sevens 1987 Production
Kevn Kinney MacDougal Blues 1990 Whistling On the track Chico & Maria
Matt Lane, Mike Mills, and Will Tonks n/a 1997-02-14 Performance Set: Pale Blue Eyes, Mrs. Robinson, Love Is All Around, Apartment 9, and Little Math.
The Mayflies n/a 2001-07-07 - Carboro, United States Vocals At the "Chronic Night" tribute to R.E.M. and Don Dixon benefit, Mike joined the band for a rendition of Aerosmith's Toys in the Attic at the Cat's Cradle in North Carolina.
Mike Mills n/a 1990 Composition and performance Mike wrote and played the theme song to the television program The Jane Show.
Mike Mills n/a 1993-02-13 Guitar and vocals Mike read "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" to a group of children for the Dream Makers Family Day: Adventures in Storyland and performed an original composition based on the story.
Mike Mills n/a 1996-10-23 - Atlanta, United States Vocals Singing the Star-Spangled Banner before an Atlanta Braves baseball games at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.
Mike Mills n/a 1997-Summer Composition Mike scored the film A Cool Dry Place but the score was unused and remains unreleased.
Mike Mills n/a 1998-10-07 - Atlanta, United States Vocals Singing the Star-Spangled Banner before an Atlanta Braves baseball games at Turner Field.
Mike Mills n/a 2002-03-04 - Atlanta, United States Guitar and vocals Solo performance at the Atlanta Civic Center for Turner South Live at Music Midtown, set: Love Is All Around, Wendell Gee, Eagle Song.
Mike Mills n/a 2007-08-24 - New Orleans, United States Vocals Mike came to a New Orleans Musician's Relief Fund benefit at the Carrolton Station and sang Love Is All Around with Susan Cowsill.
The New Invicibles n/a 1988 Drums In the summer, Mike played several dates at the 40 Watt Club with this surf band.
Pearl Jam n/a ? Performance Mike played with the band in a Los Angeles club.
Robbie Robertson Storyville 1991-10-01 Vocals On the track Shake This Town
Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream 1993 Organ On the track Soma
three walls down Building Our House 1993 Production The Athens band went to John Keane Studio in March, 1992 to record a demo tape with Mike. The band released the tape as an album the following year.
The Thrills 2005-02-17 - Hamburg, Germany n/a Performance At the Color Line Arena, the Thrills opened for R.E.M. and Peter played guitar on Curse of Comfort (he also guested on their album), and Mike and Scott joined for a cover of Be Mine. The Thrills reciprocated by singing and playing percussion on (Don't Go Back To) Rockville in the band's set. At My Most Beautiful was played as a request by The Thrills.
Vibrating Egg Come on in Here If You Want To 1989 Bass Mike plays bass on several track from this ad hoc group formed by Jefferson Holt and released on his record label Dog Gone.
Waxing Poetics Hermitage 1987 Piano, production Co-produced with Mitch Easter, piano on Return
Widespread Panic n/a 2000-03-02 - Athens, United States Performance One night after Bill played with them, Mike joined the band for Low Spark of High Heeled Boys.
Yoko Ono Band n/a 1996-03-21 - Seattle, United States Keyboards Mike and Scott McCaughey played on Mindtrain at the Crocodile Café.

Michael StipeEdit

Artist Release Year Role Notes
Indigo Girls Indigo Girls 1990 Vocals On the track Kid Fears. The rest of the band plays on Tried to Be True.
Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians Perspex Island 1990 Vocals On Dark Green Energy. He and Peter appear on She Doesn't Exist, and Peter plays on several other songs.

Multiple membersEdit

R.E.M. with Bill BerryEdit

Performances of the three-piece R.E.M. reunited with their original drummer.

Release Date Notes
n/a 2003-10-10 - Raleigh, United States After walking across the stage to shake Joey Waronker's hand on August 29, 1999, at the Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta[1] Bill walked onstage at the Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, North Carolina to sing on Radio Free Europe and drum on Permanent Vacation.
n/a 2005-08-10 - Athens, United States The band reform to play a friend and guitar tech Dewitt Burton's wedding reception at Kingpin's Bowling Alley. The set: Sitting Still; (Don't Go Back To) Rockville; Wolves, Lower; Begin the Begin; The One I Love; Permanent Vacation; Radio Free Europe; with a short instrumental interlude between the last two numbers.
n/a 2006-03-01 - Athens, United States At a Minus 5 show in the Georgia Theatre, Bill, Mike, and Michael joined Peter, Scott McCaughey, and Bill Rieflin for an impromptu performance of Country Feedback. Bill played bass, with Mike on keyboards.
2006 Christmas single 2006-09-12 - Athens, United States The band reforms to play at the "Finest Worksongs: Athens Bands Play the Music of R.E.M." tribute at the 40 Watt, playing Begin the Begin and So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry). Proceeds went to the Community Connection and Family Connection/Communities in Schools charities.
n/a 2006-09-16 - Atlanta, Georgia The band is inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame at the Georgia World Congress Center. They perform Begin the Begin, Losing My Religion, and Man on the Moon. Bill, Peter, Mike, and Scott McCaughey also accompany Gregg Allman on a performance of Midnight Rider to round out the show.
n/a 2007-03-12 - New York City, United States For in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel, the band plays Begin the Begin, Gardening at Night, and Man on the Moon, the latter with Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam.
#9 Dream 2007-03-17 While preparing for their performance at the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, the original four members of R.E.M. recorded this John Lennon song in John Keane Studios, with production by Jacknife Lee. The song was released as a single on March 17, 2007 and was the first track to be released from the benefit compilation Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur, released on June 12, 2007.

Bill Berry, Peter Buck, and Mike MillsEdit

Artist Release Year Role Notes
[Frat party band] n/a ? Drums, guitar, bass Backing up a stripper for an hour at a frat party when the tape deck broke.
Hindu Love Gods n/a 1984-02-14 - Athens, United States Drums, guitar, bass This ad hoc band formed with local pianist and singer Bryan Cook of Toy Tiger on a break from R.E.M. Their first gig was at the 40 Watt Club. Set: Bangkok; With a Girl Like You; I'm Through with You; Walk, Don't Run; Personality Crisis; Narrator; Pipeline; Needles and Pins; California Sun; Government Center; Hippy Hippy Shake; (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone; Permanent Vacation]; Jump; Color Me Impressed
Hindu Love Gods n/a 1984-02-29 - Athens, United States Drums, guitar, bass Another performance at the 40 Watt, with opening act Wheel O'Cheese (a pseudonym for Love Tractor.) This time the line-up was augmented by Michael Stipe and singer Warren Zevon. Michael played drums on Rebel, Rebel and sang from Little America on. Bryan Cook only sang on Gonna Have a Good Time Tonight. Set: Up on the Cross; Boom Boom Mancini; Trouble Waiting to Happen; Werewolves of London; Gonna Have a Good Time Tonight; Little America; Second Guessing; Gloria; Rebel, Rebel; Wild Thing
Hindu Love Gods n/a 1984-06-01 - Athens, United States Drums, guitar, bass Performance at the Bourbon Street Club. Set: Color Me Impressed; White Light, White Heat; There She Goes Again; Government Center; Broken Whisky Glass; Little Willie; Authority Song; Personality Crisis; Hang on Sloopy; Gonna Have a Good Time Tonight
Hindu Love Gods Gonna Have a Good Time Tonight/Narrator 1986 Drums, guitar, bass The Hindus went to John Keane Studio in 1984 to record this single. The a-side is an Easybeats cover, the b-side is a Bill Berry original that pre-dates R.E.M. IRS released the material two years later with a cover painted by Bill.
Hindu Love Gods n/a 1986-01-20 - Athens, United States Drums, guitar, bass The band reformed for a benefit concert at the 40 Watt for recently-deceased Minutemen bassist D. Boon. R.E.M. performed a set and were joined in their first encore by Cook; Stipe sat out Gonna Have a Good Time Tonight. Set: Strange; Gonna Have a Good Time Tonight; Pills
Hindu Love Gods Hindu Love Gods 1990 Drums, guitar, bass While recording the sessions for Warren Zevon's Sentimental Hygiene album, the guys also cut several blues covers and a Prince cover. The material was released as an album by Warren's label, Giant, in 1990. Tracks: Walking Blues; Traveling Riverside Blues; Raspberry Beret; Crosscut Saw; Junko Partner; Mannish Boy; Wang Dang Doodle; Battleship Chains; I'm a One Woman Man; Vigilante Man.
Hindu Love Gods Raspberry Beret/Wang Dang Doodle/Mannish Boy 1990 Drums, guitar, bass Single from the self-titled album. Some versions do not have the last track.
Indigo Girls Indigo Girls 1990 Drums, guitar, bass On the track Tried to Be True. Michael sings on Kid Fears.
Southern Gentlemen n/a 1998-05-11 - Athens, United States Drums, guitar, bass In instrumentalists from R.E.M. joined Roger McGuinn of the Byrds in the middle of his set at the Uptown Lounge. Set: You Ain't Goin' Nowhere; Mr. Spaceman; Bells of Rhymney; Mr. Tambourine Man; Turn, Turn, Turn; Eight Miles High; Knockin' on Heaven's Door; Feel a Whole Lot Better. McGuinn has guested at several R.E.M. shows as well.
The Spongetones Torn Apart 1984 Clapping On the track Shock Therapy, with Don Dixon and Mitch Easter.
Nikki Sudden The Jewel Thief 1991 Drums, guitar, bass On the tracks I Belong to You, Alley of the Street, and Jigsaw Blues.
Nikki Sudden I Belong to You/Alley of the Street/Jigsaw Blues 1991 Drums, guitar, bass Single from the album.
The Troggs Don't You Know/Nowhere Road 1992-02-02 Drums, guitar, bass, co-writing Single from Athens, Andover.
The Troggs Athens, Andover 1992-03-23 Drums, guitar, bass, co-writing The guys, along with Peter Holsapple, act as a backing band to Reg Presley on this album and co-wrote the track Nowhere Road. Recorded at John Keane's Studio in August and September, 1991. Tracks: Crazy Anneie; Together; Turned into Love; Deja Vu; Nowhere Road; Dust Bowl; I'm in Control; Don't You Know; What's Your Game; Suspicious; Hot Stuff. R.E.M. briefly considered recording an ep named "The Godlike Genius of the Troggs as Presented by R.E.M.."
The Troggs Together/Crazy Annie/Turned into Love 1992 Drums, guitar, bass Single from the album.
The Troggs Athens and Beyond 1999 Drums, guitar, bass Re-release of Athens, Andover with bonus tracks.
Warren Zevon Sentimental Hygiene 1987 Drums, guitar, bass, co-writing The was touted as a comeback album for Zevon and featured several guest stars in addition to R.E.M., such as Bob Dylan, Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Neil Young. The entire band performs on the song Bad Karma, with Michael singing backup and playing shears as a musical instrument. All three members perform on Boom Boom Mancini; Detox Mansion; Bad Karma; and Even a Dog Can Shake Hands; the latter of which they co-wrote. Peter and Bill play on Sentimental Hygiene and The Heartache.
Warren Zevon Sentimental Hygiene/The Factory/Leave My Monkey Alone 1987-08-XX Drums, guitar, bass Single from the album. Some versions do not have the last track.
Warren Zevon Bad Karma/Boom Boom Mancini/Leave My Monkey Alone 1987-11-XX Drums, guitar, bass Single from the album. Some versions do not have the last track.
Warren Zevon Reconsider Me/The Factory/Bad Karma 1988-02-XX Drums, guitar, bass Single from the album. Some versions do not have the last track.
Warren Zevon Splendid Isolation/Even a Dog Can Shake Hands/Bad Karma/Gridlock 1989 Drums, guitar, bass, co-writing Single from the album. Some versions do not have the last two tracks.
Warren Zevon Even a Dog Can Shake Hands 1999 Drums, guitar, bass, co-writing Used as the theme song to the television series Action.

Bill Berry and Peter BuckEdit

Artist Release Year Role Notes
Doubting Thomas Blue Angel 1993 Drums, guitar On one track.
Tony Trischka World Turning 1993 Bouzouki, percussion On Alfa Ya Ya and If Animals Could Talk.

Peter Buck and Mike MillsEdit

Artist Release Year Role Notes
The Cynics Way It's Gonna Be/Roadrunner (Live) 1990 ? Credits to the album read "Pete Buck & Mike Mills from R.E.M., thanks for coming."
Dashboard Saviors Kitty 1991 Guitar and bass On the track Drivin' Blind. Peter also plays on Town and Droppin'; Mike also plays on Consumation.
The Full Time Men Full Time Men 1985 Guitar, organ Mike performs organ on One More Time, Peter plays throughout.

Peter Buck and Michael StipeEdit

Artist Release Year Role Notes
Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians Perspex Island 1990 Guitar and vocals These two perform together on She Doesn't Exist. Michael also sings on Dark Green Energy and Peter plays on several other songs.
Billy Bragg Don't Try This at Home 1990 Guitar, mandolin, and vocals On You Woke up My Neighbourhood.
Billy Bragg You Woke up My Neighbourhood/Ontario, Quebec & Me/Bread & Circuses/Heart Like a Wheel 1990 Guitar, mandolin, and vocals Single from the album. Some versions do not have the last two tracks.

Mike Mills and Michael StipeEdit

Artist Release Year Role Notes
Automatic Baby One 1993-01-20 - Washington, D.C., United States Guitar and vocals A performance of U2's One with bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. at the inaugural ball for president Bill Clinton. The song has been released on a variety of short-run compilations. The name comes from Achtung Baby and Automatic for the People, the band's most recent albums.
Mike Mills and Michael Stipe Tibetan Freedom Concert 1997-06-08 - New York City, United States Keyboards and vocals The Mikes performed a set with a drum machine at this benefit. Set: Undertow, New Test Leper, Electrolite, Be Mine, Long Road, Ghost Rider, Passenger. Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready from Pearl Jam sang and drummed on Long Road; McCready stayed for Ghost Rider. Beastie Boy and co-arranger fo the concert Mike D plays drums on Passenger. Electrolite was released on November 4, as part of a box set from the concert.


  1. Buckley, David. R.E.M.|Fiction: An Alternative History, Virgin Books, 2002 ISBN 1-85227-927-3. Peter Buck:
    "As much as I wanted to see him, it puts real pressure on him if I ask him to come and do something. We invited him to the show, and considered asking him to play, but Mike said "No, he would stress about that for three months beforehand and then he probably wouldn't show up." So, we invited him to the show, and he stood at the side of the stage. Then people in the audience saw him and shouted "Hey Bill," and Bill waved and after the song [Find the River] was finished he walked out on the stage, hugged Mike, Michael, and me, then walked over to Joy, and shook his hand.. and the whole audience was going insane of course.. then he waved to the crowd and walked off stage. I think he got in his car and drove home, because I didnt' see him after the show."
    Michael dedicated the following song, At My Most Beautiful, to him.

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