John Michael Stipe Birthday (January 4th)

John Michael Stipe Birthday (January 4th)

Michael Stipe

John Michael Stipe an American vocalist was born on 4th January, 1960 in Decatur, Georgia. Michael Stipe is the lead singer for substitute rock band R.E.M. He has become popular for “mumbling” mode of his beginning career and for surreal lyrics, complex, with his political and social activism. He is liable of band’s chart image. His work extends outer of music industry. Michael made his private movie production companies, Single Cell Pictures and C-00.

Biography of John Michael Stipe

Early life of John Michael Stipe

Michael Stipe was a military brat. And his father does a job in United States Army. Michael Stipe and his family shifted to several locales throughout his childhood, comprised Georgia, Illinois, Texas, Alabama and Germany. He completed his graduation from the Collinsville High School in 1978. He registered at University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, as an art major, studying painting and photography.Formation of R.E.M.After joining college in Athens, he repeated the Wuxtry record shop at where Michael met the store clerk Peter Buck in 1980. Buck recalled, "Michael Stipe was a striking-looking guy and he also bought weird records, which not everyone in the store did". They became friends. They decided to produce a band. And xthey also began writing music. But Michael passed time in neighboring group named Gangster. They were joined through Mike Mills and Bill Berry and also named themselves R.E.M., and a name Michael chose at casual from the directory.

These 4 members of R.E.M. left school in 1980 to concentrate on the band. And the band made its debut single, "Radio Free Europe", on Hib-Tone. R.E.M. unconfined its debut album Murmur in 1983, which was commonly acclaimed through critics. Michael’s lyrics and vocals received particular concentration from the listeners. And their second album, Reckoning, followed in 1984. And Murmur kept on winning Rolling Stone Critics Poll Album of the Year over Michael Jackson's Thriller.And R.E.M. took a trip to England to trace its third album Fables of the Reconstruction (1985). When the album was unconfined, their relations were stressed within the band. Michael stated about the time, "I was well on my way to losing my mind." Michael increased weight and his conduct became odder; Michael became bald.

Mainstream Popularity of John Michael Stipe

With the achievement of the albums Out of Time (1991) and Automatic for the People (1992), R.E.M. became mainstream music stars. In 1992, report that Michael had assigned HIV began to move. According to Michael, he didn’t begin the rumor and he doesn’t identify who did.“ Not that I can tell. I wore a hat that said 'White House Stop AIDS'. I’m skinny. I’ve always been skinny, except in 1985 when I looked like Marlon Brando, the last time I shaved my head. I was really sick then. Eating potatoes. I think AIDS hysteria would obviously and naturally extend to people who are media figures and anybody of indecipherable or unpronounced sexuality. Anybody who looks gaunt, for whatever reason. Anybody who is associated, for whatever reason – whether it's a hat, or the way I carry myself – as being queer-friendly. ”

In the year of 1994, Michael legitimately stepped forward on his sexuality, depicting himself as "an equal opportunity lech" and stated that Michael does not describe himself as bisexual, straight and gay, although Michael was attracted and had relations with both women and men. And in the year of 1995 Michael was on the wrap of Out Magazine. He depicted himself as a "queer artist" in Time Magazine in 2001. He gave a statement that Michael had been attached with "amazing man" for three years. Michael was featured on the wrap of BUTT Magazine in 2003.

Michael had planned partnership with Nirvana's Kurt Cobain in 1994. He did not handle to record or compose anything prior to the bereavement of Cobain. Michael was selected as a godfather of Courtney Love's daughter, Frances Bean Cobain and Kurt Cobain.ichael was very attached with colleague singer Natalie Merchant. He has recorded some songs with her, comprised one entitled Born to Choose. They have emerged live with Peter Gabriel singing Gabriel's single "Red Rain".

Film and Television Work of John Michael Stipe

In 1987 Michael co-founded C00 movies with Jim McKay, a media corporation that was "designed to channel its founder's creative talents towards the creation and promotion of alternative film works." Michael and his generating companion, Sandy Stern, have provided as executive producers on movies comprised Man on the Moon, Velvet Goldmine, and Being John Malkovich. Michael was credited as a maker of 2004 movie Saved!.Michael has appeared in various films and on TV. Michael emerged in the chapter of The Adventures of Pete & Pete as an ice cream man named Captain Scummy. He has emerged himself with the R.E.M. on the Sesame Street playing a reworked edition of "Shiny Happy People" named "Furry Happy Monsters", and emerged in a chapter of The Simpsons named "Homer the Moe”, at where R.E.M. was trapped into playing the show in Homer Simpson's garage. Michael has given his voice in Christmas cartoon special Olive, the Other Reindeer.

Discography of John Michael Stipe

  • With The Golden Palominos: "Clustering Train", "Omaha", and "Boy (Go)" on Visions of Excess (1985). And "Alive and Living Now" on Drunk with Passion (1991).
  • With Neneh Cherry: "Trout" on Homebrew (1992).
  • With Vic Chestnut: "Injured Bird" on The End of Violence (1997).
  • "My Gang" on Kerouac: Kicks Joy Darkness (1997).
  • With Community Trolls: "Tainted Obligation" (1983) on To Understand: The Early Recordings of Matthew Sweet (2002).
  • With The Indigo Girls: "I'll Give You My Skin" on Rarities (2005).
  • "L'Hôtel" (Serge Gainsbourg cover) on Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited (2006).
  • With Miguel Bose: Lo Que Hay Es Lo Que Ves on "Papito" (2007)
  • With Placebo: Broken Promise" on Meds (2007)


  • 2006 "In the Sun" (with Chris Martin), #1 (Canada)

Compilation Albums of John Michael Stipe

  • Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films - "Opening Melody - Little April Shower" (with Natalie Merchant and Mark Bingham and The Roches).