August 27, 2008 10:54

REM star 'despises' George Bush

Frontman Michael Stipe is backing Barack Obama for president

REM star 'despises' George Bush
R.E.M frontman Michael Stipe has hit out at outgoing American president George Bush.

Stipe has said the lyrics for their recent single, 'Man-Sized Wreath', are inspired by his hatred for the man.

The track begins with the lyrics: "Turn on the TV and what do I see/A pageantry of empty gestures all lined up for me".

Stipe explained of the words: "That’s a reference to our current president, who I very publicly despise."

He added: "I just can't stand the guy or his administration and it was about him going to the graveside of Martin Luther King, one of my heroes, and I think desecrating the memory of that great man and his work by being there during the Iraq war. I found it pathetic so I wrote that song about it."

Speaking to BBC 6music, Stipe only had praise for Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama.

He said: "You want an exceptional American, yeah, and I think he's probably an exceptional person. You look at the way he's put his campaign together and the way he responds to many of the criticisms that are already being lobbed at him, either from the Clinton family (he beat Hillary Clinton to the nomination) or from the McCains."

Stipe added: "Yes, I think he's going to make it, and it will be a better day for all of us."

R.E.M are currently on the UK leg of their European tour - they play Southampton Rose Bowl this evening (August 27) and then play London's Twickenham Stadium on Saturday (30).

Read More On This Artist

More News
Radiohead's Philip Selway unveils sci-fi video for first track from new solo album
Jenny Lewis launches her own wine
The Gaslight Anthem perform for gym team in 'Rollin' And Tumblin'' video - watch
Arcade Fire cover Creedence Clearwater Revival live - watch
The Cribs reveal Ric Ocasek of The Cars will produce their new album
Damon Albarn and The Courteeners - tickets on sale 9am Friday (August 1)
The Libertines say they 'rehearsed for one hour' before Hyde Park gig in London
Lorde to curate 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1' soundtrack
Brian Eno compares Israel to 'the Klan' in strongly-worded letter about...
Noel Gallagher's daughter asks owners of Oasis-inspired dog kennel to stop breeding pedigrees
Lily Allen says Miley Cyrus' live show is 'up there with Oasis or the Stone Roses'
Alice Cooper and Kiss pay tribute to late Lou Reed guitarist Dick Wagner
Ariel Pink recalls time he was maced in the face by 'a feminist'
BBC 6 Music overtakes Radio 3 for first time as 1Xtra falls below a million listeners
Justin Bieber posts picture of Orlando Bloom crying after Ibiza fight reports
Neon Jungle 'no comment' over claims they covered Banks song without artist's...
Lostprophets members could have been 'groomed' by Ian Watkins, says child abuse expert
Alt-Fest organisers are 'dealing with extremely challenging issues' amid cancellation...
Jamie T unveils five new songs on UK comeback tour
Foxygen announce 24-track new album, promising 'a gaggle of guest stars'
Kylie Minogue, Lulu and Deacon Blue to perform at Commonwealth Games closing ceremony
Beastie Boys' Mike D: 'Grunge was a death sentence to the rock that preceded it'

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Featured Videos
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Most Read News
Popular This Week
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today