R.E.M. Announces Split on its Website

Sad news to report: R.E.M has broken up after 31 years. The announcement was made today on the band’s website. The group offered thanks to fans and simply said, after so many years and so many songs, it was time to “call it a day.”

This news might not mean much to many music lovers out there nowadays, but for a slightly older, indie music-loving crowd, R.E.M. was among the greats. TIME‘s blog shares a few memories.

I remember when “Losing My Religion,” a strange song and a strange video, were released. It’s still great stuff. A little more recent but equally lovely is “Daysleeper,” above.

[h/t Associated Press]