Crush with Eyeliner
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|"Crush with Eyeliner"|
|Single by R.E.M.|
|from the album Monster|
|B-side||"Crush With Eyeliner (Instrumental Version)"|
|Released||August 15, 1995|
|Format||CD single, 7" single, 12" single|
|Genre||Alternative rock, glam rock|
|Writer(s)||Berry, Buck, Mills, Stipe|
|Producer(s)||Scott Litt & R.E.M.|
|R.E.M. singles chronology|
Michael Stipe claims the song was inspired by the band New York Dolls, who, in his opinion, "knew how to exaggerate a song, to make it sound really sleazy and over the top." This was also one of the first songs that surfaced from Stipe after the writer's block that hounded him after the death of his friend, actor River Phoenix.
The single's video, directed by Spike Jonze, shows a group of Japanese youths dancing and miming to the track at a party, while the band are shown briefly, looking on. It is available on the music video compilation Parallel.
12" and CD maxi-single
- "Crush with Eyeliner" – 4:39
- "Fall on Me" (live)1 – 3:23
- "Me in Honey" (live)1 – 4:18
- "Finest Worksong" (live)1 – 4:18
- "Crush with Eyeliner" (album version) – 4:39
- "Crush with Eyeliner" (instrumental version) – 4:39
1 Recorded at the 40 Watt Club, Athens, Georgia; November 19, 1992. The performance, a benefit for Greenpeace, was recorded on a solar-powered mobile studio.
2 Mandy Fu stars in the video as the disinterested bar maid at approximately 25 seconds in to the film clip.
|Canadian Hot 100||28|
|Irish Singles Chart||21|
|UK Singles Chart||23|
|U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles||13|
|U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks||20|
|U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks||33|