I read they wanted to come up with a song that sounded like a bubblegum type of band from the sixties and came up with this. I think they did a pretty good job with it and Kate Pierson added a lot to the fun I agree about Michael Stipe but he has written amazing things.I read once that Michael Stipe hates this song. Not surprised. He always has struck me as a self-absorbed downer. Writes great songs, though.