Muse Defend Olympic Single

Muse drummer Dom Howard insists that their "Survival" track is not just a gimmick, and should be considered alongside the band's other works.

Muse Defend Olympic Single
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While Muse's latest single, "Survival", was released as the official anthem of the London 2012 Olympics, drummer Dom Howard insists that the track is not just a gimmick, and should be considered alongside the band's other works. Speaking to NME, Howard offered the following comment: "I'm happy with the song. It's a proper Muse song. It's not something we just did for the Olympics. They sowed a seed by asking us to do some music but then five months went by. We showed them a few songs when they asked us about [playing the] closing ceremony and they loved it. It represented the enormous competition of what the Olympics is". Muse will likely play the track when they perform at the Olympic closing ceremony on Sunday, which will celebrate 50 years of British music. The lineup for that event is a closely guarded secret. Muse, Ed Sheeran and George Michael are the only acts to have confirmed their appearances, although NME notes that The Who, Take That and the Spice Girls are rumoured to feature. It has also been speculated that Kate Bush might appear at the event, after a remix of her track "Running Up That Hill" appeared on, and was then subsequently removed from Amazon. If that were the case, it would be the singer's first live performance since the late 1970s. Muse's new album, "The 2nd Law", is scheduled for release on October 1st. The band has come under fire for the record before it has even been released after a trailer video posted online suggested that the album would feature dubstep influenced material. Matt Bellamy has compared the move to Rage Against The Machine's approach in the 1990s: "We've basically tried to do what Rage Against The Machine did with hip-hop in the 1990s and take a bit of the electronic world and dubstep and play it with real instruments".

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    UniformRecon
    Even if it wasn't made just for the Olympics, it's still extremely cheesy and gimmicky. You couldn't chosen something more...MUSE.
    Superperfex
    I think the song is fine. You know why? It's just ONE SONG. Wait until you hear the full album folks, then shit on Muse all you want. Just know that even though you may think the lyrics are cheesy, remember how many classic rock songs are 100% cheese. We Will Rock You has some cheesy lyrics too, don't forget.
    TheNameOfNoone
    "We've basically tried to do what Rage Against The Machine did with hip-hop in the 1990s and take a bit of the electronic world and dubstep and play it with real instruments".
    Well, that's not really a bad idea... Only if people would stop hating dubstep for no obvious reason, it could be a new movement in guitar-driven music...
    Kueller917
    RATMfan420 wrote: TheNameOfNoone wrote: "We've basically tried to do what Rage Against The Machine did with hip-hop in the 1990s and take a bit of the electronic world and dubstep and play it with real instruments". Well, that's not really a bad idea... Only if people would stop hating dubstep for no obvious reason, it could be a new movement in guitar-driven music... I hate dumbstep for several reasons: 1. It sounds like transformers having sex. 2. It all sounds virtually identical (Except for that ONE song, you know the one that goes like this: BUM BUM BUM WERT WERT WERT WOOOOSSHHHH WAH WAH WAH WAH WAH WAH BOOOSSSHH WERT WERT That one is pretty awesome. The rest suck) 3. It originated and other then the example stated here is created by people pushing buttons on a computer. You dont need talent, just knowledge of how to operate a computer system. 4. Techno Sucks.
    1. That's an opinion, but you're free to have it. No problems. 2. That's a generalization. Of course it's not radically different because it's in the same subgenre. 3. That's just plain wrong. You still need a melody, rhythm, structure, and a good skill at production. Try and make a song on the computer yourself that's actually good. 4. That's an opinion you're trying to pass as fact. I don't even like dubstep by the way so I'm not even being a fanboy.
    Jasonbts
    I love it, and for the people hating on the "cheesiness" of the lyrics, it sounds to me like an athlete or competitor pumping themselves up just repeating over and over how they're gonna win and they're gonna fight and get out there and kick ass. I like it. Great song.
    Elderer
    Well Page released his Chinese ego in Beijing. But yeah,they should have just mashed up Beck,Page and others of that era in 1 song supergroup.
    EyesWideOpen
    Wouldify wrote: The song sucks, deal with it
    That's just your opinion. We don't have to deal with anything.
    arnolddrummer
    I love Muse, they just make their music and they make it the way they want. That was the song that they wanted to make and it's a good song. Good progression, great vocals, it's heavy and smooth.
    Voodoochile711
    It's very Queen inspired, I agree, but at least it doesn't sound exactly like all their other songs like...well all their other songs. I've never liked them all that much because every song sounds so similar to the others; this is the first Muse song I've heard that I was actually inclined to listen to all the way through.
    drmrfzl
    I agree the lyrics are pretty lame, but I've felt like Muse has always had pretty lame lyrics. A lot of the lyrics on 'The Resistance' made me cringe and/or laugh. Muse are a group of incredible musicians and performers, and I'm a huge fan of what they do musically, but lyrically....they've always been pretty hit or miss, in my opinion.
    aldogia
    sideslick wrote: aldogia wrote: Has anybody picked up on the rather obvious ripping off of Queen songs? Or is it just me? If anything, they are building on what Queen has done. They have even acknowledged Queen's influence on their music.
    I didnt know about their acknowledgement of Queens influence, I suppose thats alright. Even so, they pretty much used certain parts of their song verbatum(like the intro to the guiar solo) directly from Queen, thats not really an influence so much as just re-using Queens music.
    RATMfan420
    TheNameOfNoone wrote: "We've basically tried to do what Rage Against The Machine did with hip-hop in the 1990s and take a bit of the electronic world and dubstep and play it with real instruments". Well, that's not really a bad idea... Only if people would stop hating dubstep for no obvious reason, it could be a new movement in guitar-driven music...
    I hate dumbstep for several reasons: 1. It sounds like transformers having sex. 2. It all sounds virtually identical (Except for that ONE song, you know the one that goes like this: BUM BUM BUM WERT WERT WERT WOOOOSSHHHH WAH WAH WAH WAH WAH WAH BOOOSSSHH WERT WERT That one is pretty awesome. The rest suck) 3. It originated and other then the example stated here is created by people pushing buttons on a computer. You dont need talent, just knowledge of how to operate a computer system. 4. Techno Sucks.
    CJSchecter96
    muse is lame either way. this song is a queen rip off and im glad its not stupid techno and electronic crap.
    INstaNt-RocK
    RATMfan420 wrote: TheNameOfNoone wrote: "We've basically tried to do what Rage Against The Machine did with hip-hop in the 1990s and take a bit of the electronic world and dubstep and play it with real instruments". Well, that's not really a bad idea... Only if people would stop hating dubstep for no obvious reason, it could be a new movement in guitar-driven music... I hate dumbstep for several reasons: 1. It sounds like transformers having sex. 2. It all sounds virtually identical (Except for that ONE song, you know the one that goes like this: BUM BUM BUM WERT WERT WERT WOOOOSSHHHH WAH WAH WAH WAH WAH WAH BOOOSSSHH WERT WERT That one is pretty awesome. The rest suck) 3. It originated and other then the example stated here is created by people pushing buttons on a computer. You dont need talent, just knowledge of how to operate a computer system. 4. Techno Sucks.
    Good work there. Musta taken you a good hour at least to think those up. High five for expressing yourself!
    aldogia
    Has anybody picked up on the rather obvious ripping off of Queen songs? Or is it just me?
    sideslick
    aldogia wrote: Has anybody picked up on the rather obvious ripping off of Queen songs? Or is it just me?
    If anything, they are building on what Queen has done. They have even acknowledged Queen's influence on their music.
    demitriv
    I love Muse but it's an awful song even worse than the Twilight one and the "weaker" tracks of the resistance. For one thing the lyrics and secondly either Matt for some reason decided to sing it that way or he's taking the piss, his voice doesn't sound like it normally does.
    Randomrings
    It was a good song, I don't care why it was made. In my opinion that's the only good song they've put out in about 5 years. If someone asked me to make a song for a borderline brainwashing event broadcasted worldwide, I would say yes as well. Plus this is coming from Dom. I like Matt musically but sometimes when he tries to say something in an interview, I have to take it with a grain of salt or two. Dom and Chris don't get as much press but when they do they are typically more honest, I think
    jordo246
    I'm sorry Dom but I would say Stockholm Syndrome or Absolution are 'proper' Muse songs.
    Machineflame
    I didn't think much of the song at first... In fact all I remember is i'm not gonna lose, i'm gonna win,i'm not gonna lose, i'm gonna win,i'm not gonna lose, i'm gonna win,i'm not gonna lose, i'm gonna win,i'm not gonna lose, i'm gonna win,i'm not gonna lose, i'm gonna win. But that's just me
    K!!LsWiTcH
    hes not doing what rage did they came out as a rap metal band hes just jumping on a bandwagon
    Thesageofonion
    Paul McCartney (again), Ringo, Julian Lennon and Dhani Harrison. Musically, probably a disaster, but for pure nostalgia...
    sideslick
    I really hope that "Survival" ends up as something akin to Muse's (possible off-album) version of "Tattoo". I am looking extremely forward The 2nd Law.