From this point on, anytime you ever think about Reckoning or Automatic for the People, images of Bring It On and Crazy/Beautiful will pop into your head. R.E.M. called it quits last month, but not before filming a pair of videos for "We All Go Back To Where We Belong," a new track off the band's upcoming greatest hits comp Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982 - 2011. And what better way to call it a career than with actress Kirsten Dunst.
The video is, no joke, the actress doing nothing for 3 minutes and 39 seconds. We shouldn't say "nothing," since at the 2:27 mark, Dunst takes her loose hair and assembles it into a ponytail. That's literally the Act II climax of the "Kirsten Version" of "We All Go Back To Where We Belong." It's like one of those experimental Warhol films they forced us to watch in film school. (On the bright side, the song's pretty excellent, and a nice way for R.E.M. to cease making music together.)
In the battle of bare bones, one-shot music videos, the Black Keys' "Lonely Boy" absolutely crushed R.E.M. Below, watch the "John Version" of "We All Go Back To Where We Belong," starring poet/performance artist John Giorno, who does a stellar job of pretending to be a statue: