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Stipe: I stole from Sinead

REM singer Michael Stipe has revealed that Sinead O'Connor was the inspiration for his performance in the video for the single, 'Losing My Religion'.

"They said I stole my dance in the video to 'Losing My Religion' from David Byrne in the promo for Talking Heads' 'Once In A Lifetime'. But that's not true. I stole it from Sinead O'Connor," said Stipe.

The vocalist turned film producer revealed how things had come unstuck on REM's first big budget pop promo.

"Originally the director of that video had a very clear idea of what it was going to be.... He worked about half a day with me doing all these poses, then said, 'I feel really uncomfortable', and he went to the bathroom and vomited his guts out. Then he came back and said, 'I don't know what to do'.

"He had this budget, all these actors, this very expensive set, and it wasn't working.

"So I said: 'Turn on the camera and let me do what I do'. I didn't have a mic stand, so I had to do something with my hands. And I thought of Sinead O'Connor and her performance in the video of 'The Last Day Of Our Acquaintance'.

"And her performance in that video was f**king beautiful. So I did my version of Sinead. And it worked."

'Losing My Religion' went on to sell 10 million copies and was voted one of the greatest pop videos of all time by MTV.

Sinead O'Connor plays the Inspirations gig, in aid of Barretstown, at Dublin's Olympia Theatre on March 30.

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