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Name: Mike Mills  
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Date of Birth: 17th December 1958
Place of Birth: Orange County, California, USA
Profession: Composer
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This article is about Mike Mills, the R.E.M. bassist. For the director/graphic designer, see Mike Mills (director).

Michael Edward Mills is the bass guitar player of the band R.E.M. He was born on 17 December 1958 in Orange County, California but moved with his family to Macon, Georgia in the early 60s. The son of a dramatic tenor and a piano teacher, he developed a love of music at an early age. He met and formed a band with drummer Bill Berry in high school. They met Peter Buck and Michael Stipe after starting at the University of Georgia in Athens.

Mills was referred to as "the most multi-talented musician in the world today" by Paul McCartney. His skills extend to accomplished bass, lead, acoustic guitar playing, piano, organ, pump organ, sousaphone, accordian and superb backing [and occasionally lead] vocals. He is often thought of as less vital to R.E.M.'s success than Peter Buck, but he has written as many great songs as Buck, including "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?", "Electrolite", "Nightswimming", and "At My Most Beautiful".

Mills was arrested for indecent exposure in Athens in the early 1980s.

Mike Mills is also a member of the band Hindu Love Gods alongside the other members of R.E.M. (minus Michael Stipe), with Warren Zevon on lead vocals. Only one self titled album by the group was ever released, in 1990.

"Mike Mills" is also the title of a song by the French electronic band Air in their CD, Talkie Walkie, although this is in reference to Mike Mills, the director and graphic designer, rather than to the R.E.M. bassist.

Band members: Bill Berry | Peter Buck | Mike Mills | Michael Stipe
Additional musicians: Nathan December | Buren Fowler | Peter Holsapple | Barrett Martin | Scott McCaughey | Bill Rieflin | Ken Stringfellow | Joey Waronker
Management and producers: Joe Boyd | Don Dixon | Bertis Downs, IV | Mitch Easter | Don Gehman | Jefferson Holt | Scott Litt | Pat McCarthy
Albums: Chronic Town (EP) | Murmur | Reckoning | Fables of the Reconstruction | Lifes Rich Pageant | Document | Green | Out of Time | Automatic for the People | Monster | New Adventures in Hi-Fi | Up | Reveal | Around the Sun
Compilations: Dead Letter Office | Eponymous | R.E.M.: Singles Collected | The Best of R.E.M. | In the Attic | In Time - The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003
Videos: Succumbs | Pop Screen | Tourfilm | This Film Is On | Parallel | Roadmovie | Perfect Square | In View - The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003
Musical styles: Alternative rock | College rock | Jangle pop | Post-punk
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