R.E.M. Want You to Stare at Kirsten Dunst for Three and a Half Minutes
R.E.M. double feature offers two takes on the same song... and Spidey's girlfriend!
College rock bricklayers R.E.M. called it quits last month, but they’ve only just begun rolling out material from their career-spanning retrospective Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage 1982-2011, due out on November 15. The comp will include three fresh tracks, and the mellow, orchestral swan song “We All Go Back to Where We Belong” now has a pair of videos to accompany it.
Helmed by Michael Stipe and previous R.E.M. music-video director Dominic DeJoseph, both videos are essentially extended black-and-white film portraits of their subjects, reminiscent of Andy Warhol’s iconic Screen Tests. The first clip ought to make Jens Lekman even more bashful than usual: It features an awkwardly smiling Kirsten Dunst, the subject of the standout track from the Swedish softie’s recent An Argument With Myself EP. The second focuses on artist-poet-activist John Giorno, who manages more of a slyly consistent stare.
In each case, the result is a disarmingly intimate visual to a tearjerker track with more than a whiff of Burt Bacharach. Expect to hear this one on some movie’s end credits in the near future…