In the new video for their first North American single, “Mine Smell Like Honey,” from the forthcoming Collapse Into Now,R.E.M. pay homage to silent film star Buster Keaton (1895 - 1966), known as one of the greatest actor/directors of the film industry, particularly for his “physical” comedies. In the clip, frontman Michael Stipe's body gets unwillingly pushed up a flight of stairs in frame by frame style, directed by Dominic DeJoseph, very much like Keaton's early films that depicted him getting hurt, which made him a star in the 1920s. The video is shot in black and white until Stipe reaches the top of the staircase, where he can finally sit and adjust his tie. It is supposedly the first of many music videos to be released from the band's 15th studio album, perhaps to make up for the fact that they will not be touring to support it. Watch below:
Collapse Into Now is out March 8th.