Michael Stipe, Brian Eno, & Stephen Colbert Sing “Lean On Me”

Michael Stipe of R.E.M., Brian Eno, and Stephen Colbert took on "Lean On Me" on Stephen's show "The Colbert Report" recently.

Stipe was on to promote the final album of R.E.M. and decided to end the show by doing "Lean On Me" with Brian Eno.

It was a cool moment and a song I was grooving on back in the day.-DocFB

Diagnosis: You Can't Funk With The Classics


R.E.M. Debut 2 New Videos For New Song From Greatest Hits

R.E.M. has just released 2 videos for "We All Go Back To Where We Belong" starring Kirsten Dunst and John Giorno.

I am kinda tripping on the videos and am underwhelmed.  Here is Michsel Stipe and others attempting to explain the videos and why they chose to film it the way they did.

R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe and co-director Dominic DeJoseph (who has directed previous films for R.E.M.) recruited actress Kirsten Dunst to star in one of the videos for "We All Go Back To Where We Belong." Dunst is a Golden Globe-nominated performer who has starred in such movies as Sophia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Marie Antoinette, and the Spider-Man trilogy. She recently received the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress for her role in the current film Melancholia, directed by Lars von Trier.

The other film stars iconic and legendary Dial-A-Poem artist/poet/activist John Giorno. Over the course of his notable career, Giorno has collaborated on several acclaimed projects with such luminaries as William S. Burroughs, Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol and Glenn Branca. His work includes several books and multimedia poetry experiments and events. A career-spanning collection of his poems, entitled Subduing Demons in America: Selected Poems 1962-2007 was published in 2008. His first one-person gallery show, entitled Black Paintings and Drawings, was mounted at the Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery in New York in 2010.

Both black and white films for "We All Go Back To Where We Belong" capture their subjects in stark relief using a strong key light and shot with a stationary camera, an effect that Stipe describes as lending "gravity and beauty" to the proceedings.

These videos arrive on the heels of last years' successful Collapse Into Now Film Project, which featured films by artists for every song on the album. Stipe said of the new  project, "To be able to work with John and Kirsten was a dream I carried since we recorded the song, and their participation completes the song for me." 

These are the "last" videos we will see from R.E.M. for a while.  Should it have been different?-DocFB

Diagnosis:  Seems Like They Are Really Calling It Quits Even In Videos


R.E.M. Announce Break Up After 31 Years

R.E.M. Promo Photo
R.E.M. Promo Photo

R.E.M. Promo Photo

After 31 years together, R.E.M. have announced they are breaking up.

They announced the news about an hour ago on their official site;

"To our Fans and Friends:  As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band.  We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished.  To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening."     R.E.M.

"A wise man once said--'the skill in attending a party is knowing when it's time to leave.'  We built something extraordinary together.  We did this thing.  And now we're going to walk away from it.

"I hope our fans realize this wasn't an easy decision; but all things must end, and we wanted to do it right, to do it our way.

"We have to thank all the people who helped us be R.E.M. for these 31 years; our deepest gratitude to those who allowed us to do this.  It's been amazing."-Michael Stipe

Wow.  They released 15 albums in 3 decades worth of work.  They will have a greatest hits package  released later this year with a few new songs sprinkled in.

We are kind of surprised by this news...but at the same time know there will be reunion tour at one point in the future.  The only question is....when?-DocFB

Diagnosis:  Out Of Time