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Muse — Knights of Cydonia
Album: Black Holes and Revelations
Avg rating:
6.7

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Total ratings: 2158








Released: 2006
Length: 5:59
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Come ride with me
Through the veins of history
I'll show you how God
Falls asleep on the job

And how can we win
When fools can be kings?
Don't waste your time
Or time will, waste, you...

No one's gonna take me alive
The time has come to make things right
You and I must fight for our rights
You and I must fight to survive

No one's gonna take me alive
The time has come to make things right
You and I must fight for our rights
You and I must fight to survive

No one's gonna take me alive
The time has come to make things right
You and I must fight for our rights
You and I must fight to survive
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One of my all-time favourite CDs to play in the car, preferably loud enough it gets the rearview mirror vibrating.
Is this the band that had the hit with Final Countdown?
 NoisyMiner wrote:
Oh no it's taken me 3 years to figure out that the reason I couldn't log into RP from my android device connected to the stereo was that it automatically inserts a space after a period, even in email addresses (my username). Damn I hate it when machines do what they think I want rather than what I tell them!  


Weird, I get 3 letters into my address and my last 4 Samsung phones have autosuggested both my email addresses.
 PhoenixArtDj wrote:

This song may be responsible for a couple speeding tickets.



You absolutely cannot deny the power chords at the end...that's when the accelerator hit 100 mph!
ghost riders in the sky
Seen them 3 times in Singapore and each time they up the ante. Awesome live band even if you are not a big fan of their music.
Best Muse track ever!
Muse are one of those bands where I cannot decide if I hate them for how over-the-top they are, or if I love them for how over-the-top they are......
 NoisyMiner wrote:
Oh no it's taken me 3 years to figure out that the reason I couldn't log into RP from my android device connected to the stereo was that it automatically inserts a space after a period, even in email addresses (my username). Damn I hate it when machines do what they think I want rather than what I tell them!  


most definitely one of the more annoying Modern Problems out there, though my latest phone (Lineage degoogled andriod) is the only one I got that does that.
Muse were planning a series of evening concerts in North Wales. Sadly 'The Nights in Snowdonia' tour never came to be. ;)
Very good vibes 
Cant't stand it.
The intro to this song always reminds me of the Pixies instrumental tracks...  but not once the vocals kick in, or the later 70's inspired guitar riffs later in the tune.
21 plays per month in the Rock Mix?   

Impressive.
love the full-on dripping drama... 
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:

Pretentious?  Pretending to be what?  Music is music - you either like it or you don't. Muse is all about showmanship, over the top musicianship maybe, but it is just music - fun, silly, inspiring, uplifting or cringe worthy.  It's up to your interpretation - but after all it is just a few guys trying to make a living playing music.
 
this band is nothing but up its own arse "artistic" hogwash
Oh no it's taken me 3 years to figure out that the reason I couldn't log into RP from my android device connected to the stereo was that it automatically inserts a space after a period, even in email addresses (my username). Damn I hate it when machines do what they think I want rather than what I tell them!  
Looking forward to hearing your efforts instead.... Overblown nonsense. Wannabe prog without the creative spark and talent to pull it off. Posted 4 months ago by Enness from UK

Gotta love these guys for what they are. Although their pretentiousness knows no bounds, it's not supposed to. That's the point. 
Overblown nonsense. Wannabe prog without the creative spark and talent to pull it off.  
 skyhigh_71 wrote:

From Wikipedia: 

His father, George Bellamy, was the rhythm guitarist of the 1960s pop group The Tornados, who were the first British band to have a U.S. number-one song with "Telstar

Must be in the family DNA
 
Written and produced by Joe Meek. I've got a couple compilation CD's of his work.
An interesting and tragic genius in the 60's...

Tony in NJ
W.A.S.T.E.
 PhoenixArtDj wrote:
This song may be responsible for a couple speeding tickets.
 

Guilty!
8 for instrumental parts, 2 for vocal parts, 5 overall
This song may be responsible for a couple speeding tickets.
So good
Love the bass line on this song. 
No soup for Muse!
rocks!
 m_logie wrote:

I like your response, except the definition of pretentious is "attempting to impress by affecting greater importance or merit than is actually possessed".  It's from the same etymological route as pretending, but always, specifically, affecting grandeur.

I believe by this definition, they are a bit pretentious, but I still love Muse.
 
Right.

You call it "pretentious" because it's TRYING to be pretentious.  That's the whole point.  Embrace TF outta it.
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:

Pretentious?  Pretending to be what?  Music is music - you either like it or you don't. Muse is all about showmanship, over the top musicianship maybe, but it is just music - fun, silly, inspiring, uplifting or cringe worthy.  It's up to your interpretation - but after all it is just a few guys trying to make a living playing music.
 
I like your response, except the definition of pretentious is "attempting to impress by affecting greater importance or merit than is actually possessed".  It's from the same etymological route as pretending, but always, specifically, affecting grandeur.

I believe by this definition, they are a bit pretentious, but I still love Muse.
 ubuntourist wrote:
Showing my age: Anyone remember "Telstar" by "The Tornadoes"? {#Drummer}
 
From Wikipedia: 

His father, George Bellamy, was the rhythm guitarist of the 1960s pop group The Tornados, who were the first British band to have a U.S. number-one song with "Telstar

Must be in the family DNA
It's Telstar revisited! Cool 
Bill, you nailed it 100% with your remark, "a band that's not afraid to go over the top, but still a lot of fun to listen to." I love 'em for that!
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:

Pretentious?  Pretending to be what?  Music is music - you either like it or you don't. Muse is all about showmanship, over the top musicianship maybe, but it is just music - fun, silly, inspiring, uplifting or cringe worthy.  It's up to your interpretation - but after all it is just a few guys trying to make a living playing music.
 
"Pretentious" is one of the most overused and ridiculous criticisms on these boards. 
Those who use the term think they are soooooo much smarter than everyone else when, in fact, they are just being... you guessed it.
 ubuntourist wrote:
Showing my age: Anyone remember "Telstar" by "The Tornadoes"? {#Drummer}
 
Matt Bellamy's dad was on guitar ...
"Showbiz" and "Origin of Symmetry" are the REAL Muse works, if you ask me.
It all went downhill from there...
Still this is a very very decent song from these peculiar rockers - Gave this an 8.
Peace
{#Drummer} {#Bananajam} {#Dancingbanana_2}
This really is quite grim
I used to love and adore this track and the whole album. I still kind of like it, but despise Muse and their blatant stealing of motifs, riffs and all kinds of stuff from various bands. They are one mediocre band with good production.
I have loved this sing since the fist time i heard it, like ten years ago! Reminds about the song Journey to the stars, whith the old surfrockers The Ventures. 
 coyote620 wrote:
Ouch? This is giving me a headache.

 
From the head banging? {#Bananajam}{#Drummer}
Head banging prog rock. It's good that weed is legal in some parts of U.S., because it takes some of that New Maui Wowie to think of this as Queen Part 2. 
Reminds me of Spinal Tap.
Gemoji image for :thumbsdown
 TerryS wrote:
inho, this needs to be followed by 'Hocus Pocus" by Focus.

Too much prog rock?  DAMNED RIGHT! 

 
For those who like down tempo ambient style rock, the rest of the album by Focus was pretty decent.  Makes me think of Camel.

I am not sure that Camel is for RP but you can hear the Genesis, King Crimson, Moody Blues influence and you can hear melodies and riffs that will remind you of Porcupine Tree.  Steven Wilson is a big fan. 

As for this pretentious garbage Muse song, I kinda like it. 
Ghostriders in the Queen. 
genuinely annoying
inho, this needs to be followed by 'Hocus Pocus" by Focus.

Too much prog rock?  DAMNED RIGHT! 
 wgsu_1978 wrote:
Pretentious garbage.

 
Yes.  But that is one blindingly awesome transition from Mathias Duplessy.  Good gracious.
 wgsu_1978 wrote:
Pretentious garbage.

 
Pretentious?  Pretending to be what?  Music is music - you either like it or you don't. Muse is all about showmanship, over the top musicianship maybe, but it is just music - fun, silly, inspiring, uplifting or cringe worthy.  It's up to your interpretation - but after all it is just a few guys trying to make a living playing music.
Pretentious garbage.
HUGE!
fun
So boring and getting worse each time it is played - time to retire this track RP.
Within the context of RP, yes.  Individually, no.
Ugh, I can't take this band, the worst.
Bellamy allways ends up whining like a spoiled brat, hate his singing and the music does me nothing. Sorry for all the progrockers on RP!
get on with it then , ....go{#Stop}
 Propayne wrote:
Good Lord - proggin' out this morning!

 
I like this. It is retro in an amusing and entertaining way. I like the voices, actually. I'll sit and listen while the rest of you go visit your tax attorneys.
......not so much....I'll pass on this one for sure.
Good Lord - proggin' out this morning!
Is this a Republican anthem?
 Grammarcop wrote:
Let's see ... listen to this or go see my tax attorney. 

The tax attorney wins! 

 

This song reminded me to make an appointment with my dentist.
Why am I envisioning a horse galloping across the plains?
Hearing the galloping horses just made me yelp with glee here at work...love this song!!!
 Grammarcop wrote:
Let's see ... listen to this or go see my tax attorney. 

The tax attorney wins! 

 

I'd pick a trip down to DMV over this.
 coyote620 wrote:
why? This is giving me a headache.

 
"Oh those noisy kids!"

I am DIGGING this driving rock n roll!!
Let's see ... listen to this or go see my tax attorney. 

The tax attorney wins! 
Ouch? This is giving me a headache.
hahaha, 'waaaaaah this song is whiny! this band is whiny! i don't like the whinies! waaaaah!'

oh well. i love this song; inspires visions of doing adventurous things at great speed. i recall listening to it often while doing geologic work in alaska, using helicopters and such. glorious days! such an excellent album too.
YIKES!
 
Terrible noise, melodramatic... hate this... hit the PSD button...
...not for me.
drama queens...
Nothing like starting a Friday morning with some Muse und Drang.
I don't know, but even in a cheerful tune like this, the singer sounds he's crying out his miserable life. I can't get this band.
There's cheese and then there's Muse.
Sounds like bad "Queen"! 

Really not quite up to RP standard.


 rdo wrote:
I have always been anti-Muse, but I have to admit their latest release is pretty good.  They just need to be a bit more restrained.
 

The lack of restraint is what makes it good. The new album is kinda "meh"...
A friend of mine was enthusiastic about a Muse song, to which I replied that I thought they are a bit over the top for my taste. His response: "Over the top is the point!" And so it is.
Good stuff!

Love this song and seeing it live at Arras Main Square festival back in 2006; it was incredible - what energy!

Sadly I think Muse have since lost the plot and sound too much like Queen.


Great song with lots of energy!
What an epic song! Happy New Year Radioparadise!
Love you people!

I like most music but Muse is absolute garbage!!{#No}
Don't like the lead singer's voice, so that makes this collage of noise even worse - {#Eyes}
I have always been anti-Muse, but I have to admit their latest release is pretty good.  They just need to be a bit more restrained.
 80poundsOfFury wrote:
i dont this song has enough melodrama.....
 
Well its Muse, they are melodrama.
 80poundsOfFury wrote:
i dont this song has enough melodrama.....
 
Paging Freddie Mercury...
That's a nice way of saying that this song is awful.   

helloitsme wrote:
The lyrics of Journey

The music of King Crimson lite

This band just doesn't work for me.
 


Good. 7.
The lyrics of Journey

The music of King Crimson lite

This band just doesn't work for me.
I actually like Muse, but I think their songs have all been very poorly produced. It's if the producer just cranked the volume all the way up on all instruments and leaned back with a smile on his face.

I know that much of the post mid nineties music is like that, but I notice it especially when listening to Muse. It's a shame 'cause I really like the music - I just can't stand listening to it! {#Cry}
This one isn't "so bad that it's good!" ... it's just lame.  meh
Watch this being played on the live at Wembley DVD and you'll see how Muse can evoke such emotion in an audience. Utterly brilliant. Some say cheese, but delivered with fine port, it can be outstanding!!!
I really really want to hate the cheese, but I just can't.
i dont this song has enough melodrama.....
Haters hit PSD or Mute..Good song from a band that knows how to write a tune..
 Ghiaap wrote:
BAD!  {#Naughty}
 
good
BAD!  {#Naughty}
thank you
No, no and no. Like being pushed back to the 70's progressive rock era but without guts or talent. Lame to the extreme!

GOOD!


Absolutely love this song. One of my all time favorites from Muse.
Chilling. Thrilling. Love it.
 TJS wrote:
My rating was # 666!  Sweet!
 
And have we heard from him since? No, seriously...
 Gregorama wrote:
Nice "Telstar" feel to this one.
 
From Wiki: "Bellamy's father, George, was rhythm guitarist in the 1960s pop group The Tornados, who were the first British band to have a United States number one song, with "Telstar".<1>"Knights of Cydonia", a single from Muse's fourth album Black Holes and Revelations, is often cited as a tribute to that song, with its space rock sound and accompanying video depicting a cowboy's quest through a human landscape."
Care for a little cheese to go with that whine?
My rating was # 666!  Sweet!
Love the fuzz guitar!
 wrangler wrote:
Muse: the Broadway musical of rock music.   {#Cowboy}
 
They have never been able to match their high point "OK Computer". {#Wink}

Telstar?

Shades of 60's garage bands and so much more.

First listen, worth an 8.
Time to go shovel snow.
Surf quitar!!
 wrangler wrote:
Muse: the Broadway musical of rock music.   {#Cowboy}
 
...true, but isn't it fun?..
MUSE are that good - I am surprised!

Listening to the song (without nowing what was playing)
I was rather sure I listened to a 30-40 year old song.


Guitar Hero ruined this song for me.
Muse: the Broadway musical of rock music.   {#Cowboy}
Ahhh. Just sit back and turn it up.
 shayde wrote:
I hear lots of Trans Siberian Orchestra here.
 

{#Lol}