R.E.M. first performed their show on April 5, 1980 in deconsentrated Episcopal church in Athens, at that time the band did not have a name. Before settling for R.E.M. the band chose between such names like Twisted Kites, Cans of Piss and Negro Eyes. Finally, the band decided to stay with R.E.M. which stands for “rapid eye movement” which is the dream stage of sleep, the name was selected randomly from a dictionary.