R.E.M. - Everybody Hurts (Official Music Video)
A reviewer from The Gazette commented that Automatic for the People ponders frustrations of life in the "Bee Geeish" "Everybody Hurts"". In his weekly UK chart commentary, James Masterton wrote that it is "the most beautiful and moving track on the album" and "just a reflection of how the band can do no wrong at present." Pan-European magazine Music & Media described it as an "ultra melancholic ballad", noting that with string arrangements by ex Led Zeppelin bass player John Paul Jones, it is "the "Bridge Over Troubled Water" for the '90s with Michael Stipe as Simon & Garfunkel rolled into one." Alan Jones from Music Week named it Pick of the Week, declaring it as "a torchy ballad, with Stipe's fragile and waivering [sic.] vocal offset at times by discreet strings." He also complimented it as "radio-friendly". Parry Gettelman from Orlando Sentinel viewed it as "boring" and "repetitive". People Magazine's reviewer found that here, the vocalist "succeeds at talking a friend out of suicide". Scripps Howard News Service wrote that the singer "has never sung better" and noted that "the unabashedly emotional" track "gives him plenty of range to display those pipes." David Cavanagh from Select said that it is "virtually beyond words." He added, "It will have non-REM maniacs in hysterics with its delicate Spector structure and childlike message ("everybody hurts, everybody cries...when you think you've had too much of this life, hang on..."). It will make everyone else cry. It really is that straightforward." Tim Southwell from Smash Hits gave the song five out of five, viewing it as "a beautiful, touching and absorbing ballad", and "bloody beautiful."
R.E.M. - Everybody Hurts (Official Music Video)
A five-minute promotional short documentary was broadcast on ITV at 20.30 on February 7, 2010. The documentary includes "behind the scenes" footage of the featured performers (except for Carey, Cyrus, Bon Jovi, and Minogue) recording their vocals intercut with real-world images and footage from the earthquake aftermath, opening with a statement of what happened on January 12, 2010, and continuing with footage showing the devastation in the country and the suffering of the Haitians. The official music video, directed by Joseph Kahn, premiered on March 6, 2010. Jon Bon Jovi and Michael Bublé are the only featured artists not to appear in this video.
As part of a new series documenting notable community events from bygone eras, the San Antonio Office of Preservation released a fun piece of music trivia from San Antonio's collective memory bank. In 1993, R.E.M apparently recorded their award-winning "Everybody Hurts" music video off I-10, at the intersection of Woodlawn and Fredericksburg Road.
The rock group R.E.M.'s music video for "Everybody Hurts" was released in 1993 and features I-10 near the intersection of Fredericksburg Road and Woodlawn Avenue. Extras from around San Antonio showed up to be in the music video, which was filmed in November 1992.
In a Facebook post, the San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation is looking for stories from that music video shoot to be part of its "There's a Story Here" campaign, which aims to tell stories about places in the city.
Today, Interstate 10 near Fredericksburg Road and Woodlawn Avenue serves as a main artery for commuters coming in and out of downtown San Antonio. But in the early 1990s, the highway was also the backdrop for an award-winning music video.
One San Antonian remembered the Alamo City's place in music history, saying the video was filmed during her senior year of high school and some of her classmates skipped class to watch the production.
After all, this is 1992, a moment in time when MTV was nearing the peak of its powers and the television ruled the airwaves. The music video, which shows the band in a car stuck in a traffic jam, was directed by Jake Scott. The video won the MTV Music Awards for Best Cinematography, Best Direction, Best Editing, and Breakthrough Video. It cleaned up.
The traffic jam seen in the music video was filmed in San Antonio, Texas. More exactly in the lower level of the I-10, at the intersection of Woodlawn and Fredericksburg Road. Oddly funny, some drivers claimed after to be "stressed out" because another highway close to the filming set also was blocked, to be filming Father Hood (1993).
I am not surprised Simon Cowell thought a song about suicide was appropriate for Haiti - he thought a song about sexual anguish was suitable for the Xmas number one in 2008. I am a big REM fan and in its original context the song really works. I CAN imagine being desperate enough to want to commit suicide - so yes, everybody does hurt. But I can in no way imagine what it is like to be in Haiti now. Everybody does not hurt as they do. To tell them that everybody hurts, as if we can in some way empathise, feels patronising.Helen Bunter, Harrogate, UK
The music video, directed by Jake Scott and produced by June Gutterman from Black Dog Films, the music video section of RSA Films. The video won Scott entry into the MVPA Awards Hall of Fame in 2005. Film editing was done by Patrick Sheffield. Director of photography Harris Savides won an MTV award for best cinematography in 1994. 041b061a72