R.E.M.'s song "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" was very catchy and appeared in the beginning of the original Independence Day movie, which I believe was mutually beneficial in terms of making both the song and movie very famous.
The video was interesting, but, as with a lot of R.E.M. videos, highly artistic and difficult for someone like me to understand.
The video was basically of a young, very thin, somewhat effeminate homeowner of about 12 - 14 years of age. He and his dog were in a small, rural, dilapidated house filled with garbage / junk.
The video went back and forth between showing him playing with toys he found in the junk and him posing for the camera with a photo of one of his ancestors or a skateboard.
I'm at a complete loss as to what the video had to do with the song and what the intent of the video was in general.