The first album that my girlfriend and I bought for our new (shared) stereo in 1985 was a REM album; 3 months later we were married. We don't have the record anymore, but we replaced it with the CD when we upgraded our stereo.
And one of our favorite shows of all-time was an REM show at the Greek Theater in Berkeley. We haven't had time to go to the Greek in years, but that one will stay in our memories.
Thanks for all the great music, Mike, Peter, and Michael!