The video for R.E.M.’s new song “Bad Day” will premiere Friday at 7 p.m. ET on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” show.
In the Tim Hope-directed clip, group members Michael Stipe, Peter Buck and Mike Mills appear as newscasters. The track is drawn from R.E.M.’s upcoming hits collection, “In Time,” due Oct. 28 via Warner Bros. It can also be viewed on a new R.E.M. Web site, Morningteam.com (http://www.morningteam.com).
“Literally, it’s about a series of small weather hitting a city – in other words, people have hurricanes in their living room, or monsoons just in one room of their house,” Mills told Billboard.com.
“But on a larger level… with all the crap that’s shoved into one TV channel, and the fact there are 10 or 12 of them all showing these little tidbits of information, how can you really get what you need? How do you find out what’s news and what’s entertainment and what’s important and what isn’t? We’re just sort of reflecting a bit of that. And it’s funny too.”
The group is in the midst of a North American tour, which hits Grand Prairie, Texas, on Friday.