The band REM started performing together in 1980 but they didn’t achieve mainstream success until the late 80’s or early 90’s when alternative music reached the height its popularity. The recorded the song “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” in 1988. This video was released the same year I’m sure.
Radio evangelist Harold Camping has predicted that the world is ending today. It’s probably ridiculous of course except yesterday at Walmart I saw no fewer than three people wearing actual mullets. If that’s not a sign of the apocalypse I don’t know what is!