The only thing that might make this video worse, however, is the fact that James Franco is the one who directed the damn thing. What, you guys don’t remember hearing a few months back that James Franco and Lindsay Lohan were collaborating on a thing? Because apparently, it was true, and this is the thing.
I just need to know why James (ugh) and Lindsay (ick) had to go and drag R.E.M. into it. I really, really liked R.E.M. a whole lot until this thing, and now I’m not even sure if there isn’t such a thing as being a complete and total sell-out, and who, if anyone, is above it.
I guess the only thing that makes sense about this whole thing is that there’s a verse in the song that talks about copious amounts of drinking. Lindsay would know all about that, so that fits. It’s forgivable. Oh. And Patti Smith sings on the track, too. That might redeem a little bit of errant f-ckery somewhere, maybe.
As you guys may or may not know, this is probably the last video you’ll ever see from R.E.M. Their final album, ‘Collapse Into Now’, was released earlier in the year. The band broke up last September after making music together for nearly thirty years. Oh my God I feel old. And like many other things, R.E.M. goes out with a Lindsay Lohan-like bang.