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- Posted on Jan 31st 2011 12:04PM by Steve Baltin
As bassist Mike Mills tells Spinner, videos have always been important to the group. "We figured if you were going to do them, you might as well do them well," Mills says. "We're also lucky in that Michael [Stipe] has a great visual sensitivity. He's really good with anything in the visual art world, so we started out ahead of the game."
Their latest visual opus is no exception. Directed by Dominic DeJoseph, the clip for 'Mine Smell Like Honey,' the lead single from the forthcoming 'Collapse Into Now' album, is an homage to one of the film industry's all-time greats. "With this one, it's a reference to the old Buster Keaton silent film kind of days of pratfalls and just watching people look like they're getting hurt when they're really not," Mills says.
Where did the concept come from? "There's a lot going on in that song," he says. "It's got a lot of propulsion and moving forward and so I think the idea of movement is what contributed to that video being like it is."
While the new album has fans extremely excited, R.E.M recently announced they wouldn't tour in support of the record. "We've made an album that we really love and I think it can sink or swim on its own, so I think we probably won't be doing any shows at all," Mills says. "We don't have any planned at this point."
"We're doing a bunch of videos for this record and they'll be non-standard; they won't be like the videos you used to see on MTV," he adds. "We had dinner with several of the guys who are making videos for this record and they were excited about it. I don't want to be the spokesman for their ideas; I'd rather wait for their videos to come out and let you see what they were thinking. But I know they're all talented guys and we're going to have fun with it."