After releasing a few lyric videos, R.E.M. has unveiled the first action music video from forthcoming album Collapse Into Now. Directed by Dominic DeJoseph, the “Mine Smell Like Honey” video features a group of men and women pushing a limp Michael Stipe up a flight of stairs at Berlin’s Hansa Studio.
“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,” bassist Mike Mills tells Spinner.
Although the band does not plan to turn, Mills promises many more music videos.
“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 tells Spinner. “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.”