And, thirty years. Wow. It puts all the hoopla about Pearl Jam's 20 year reunion in perspective. They're only 2/3 of the way to R.E.M.'s mark*.
I'll admit that when R.E.M. was at its highest point**, I was not a fan. Indeed, part of that time was during my younger, metal/classic rock years and I was actively not a fan. But, like any good college-going music lover in the early 90's, R.E.M. was hard to ignore and it grew on me as I scoured their back catalog of Murmur and Document et al. To this day, this song is one of my favorites:
And, one more for good measure:
* And, good God, compare that to the Stones' FIFTY years as a band. Sheesh.
** I think there's a pretty solid consensus that 1987-1993 is your basic timeline here.