R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe Reflects On The Queerness Of The Velvet Underground

R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe spoke in a recent interview with Los Angeles Times and talked about The Velvet Underground and their biographical movie.

The number of rock bands’ biopics has increased significantly over the past three years, especially following the success of Queen and Freddie Mercury’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and Mötley Crüe’s ‘The Dirt.’ Back in August 2021, Apple TV announced that they would be releasing a documentary that tells the story of the Velvet Underground, directed by Todd Haynes.

The movie aired on October 15 and got some great reviews from the community. In the conversation, Michael was asked about Todd Haynes’ directing, and he said that he was so happy to hear Todd would be the one behind the camera.

Furthermore, the R.E.M frontman pointed out that there’s a beautiful queerness in the Velvet Underground as well as in Todd. Thus, he was the perfect person to reflect that queerness of the Velvet Underground.

Michael Stipe talked about The Velvet Underground and their movie in the interview:

“I was thrilled when I found out that Todd was going to do a documentary about the Velvet Underground. There’s a beautiful queerness in the Velvet Underground. And there’s a beautiful queerness to Todd and to his work. They’re two peas in a pod.”

Later in the conversation, Michael also talked about his The Velvet Underground cover, ‘Sunday Morning,’ and explained how he decided to record a cover song for his latest studio album.