Crush with Eyeliner

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"Crush with Eyeliner"
R.E.M. - Crush with Eyeliner.jpg
Single by R.E.M.
from the album Monster
B-side "Crush With Eyeliner" (instrumental version)
Released August 15, 1995 (1995-08-15)
Format CD single, 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1994
Genre Alternative rock, glam rock, punk rock, hard rock
Length 4:39
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Berry, Buck, Mills, Stipe[1]
Producer(s) Scott Litt & R.E.M.
R.E.M. singles chronology
"Strange Currencies"
"Crush with Eyeliner"

"Crush with Eyeliner" is a song by R.E.M., released as the fourth single from their ninth studio album Monster. Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore provides background vocals.

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.[2]

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.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe.

12" and CD maxi-single[edit]

  1. "Crush with Eyeliner" – 4:39
  2. "Fall on Me" (live)1 – 3:23
  3. "Me in Honey" (live)1 – 4:18
  4. "Finest Worksong" (live)1 – 4:18

7" single[edit]

  1. "Crush with Eyeliner" (album version) – 4:39
  2. "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.


Chart (1995) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[3] 55
Canadian Singles Chart 28
Irish Singles Chart 21
UK Singles Chart[4] 23
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 13
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 20
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 33


  1. ^ "ALBUMS". R.E.M.Hq. Archived from the original on 2012-02-05. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  2. ^ Black, Johnny (2004). Reveal: The Story of R.E.M. London: Backbeat Books. ISBN 0-87930-776-5. 
  3. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 446. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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