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Muse — Uprising
Album: The Resistance
Avg rating:
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Total ratings: 1749









Released: 2009
Length: 5:01
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Paranoia is in bloom
The P.R. transmissions will resume
They'll try to push drugs that keep us all dumbed down
And hope that we will never see the truth around (so come on)

Another promise, another seed
Another packaged lie to keep us trapped in greed
And all the green belts wrapped around our minds
And endless red tape to keep the truth confined (so come on)

They will not force us
They will stop degrading us
They will not control us
We will be victorious (so come on)

Interchanging mind control
Come let the revolution take its toll
If you could flick a switch and open your third eye
You'd see that we should never be afraid to die (so come on)

Rise up and take the power back
It's time the fat cats had a heart attack
You know that their time's coming to an end
We have to unify and watch our flag ascend (so come on)

They will not force us
They will stop degrading us
They will not control us
We will be victorious (so come on)

Hey, hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey, hey

They will not force us
They will stop degrading us
They will not control us
We will be victorious (so come on)

Hey, hey, hey, hey
Comments (313)add comment
Horrible.  All of it.  
soooooo long and soooooo terrible
I miss the old Muse, which was a progy-Queen band.  I just don't even get their new stuff anymore.
Oh yeah, every time I hear this I do think of Dr. Who's theme
 
Dr Who
 
And Yes Tom Baker is my favorite Doctor
 DavidS_UK wrote:
One of those outstanding dual polarity tracks - read the comments, folks either Love it (and Muse) or Hate it!

Me?  Love it, a strong 9 here reflecting my general liking of Muse, and yes to those other commentators, they know exactly how Kitschy and anachronistic the sound is, and go all out to exploit it, being a Modern yet Glam rock sound for the new millenia...

 
Hmm, I just rated it a 5
 Emwolb wrote:

i'm a tad offended by that "(Americans don't have to answer....)" dig.

i've been a fan since Tom Baker and got my kids and wife (who's not a sci fi fan) into the Doctor.  we miss David Tenant's Doctor and Carla (? i think that was her name - way too cute)

as for the echoes, i'm sure they're buried in there

 
Well, if anyone needs more of the Doctor than Muse's hints, there's always the 11th Doctor sitting in with Orbital at Glastonbury…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7NZx2mvL7U
 Emwolb wrote:

i'm a tad offended by that "(Americans don't have to answer....)" dig.

i've been a fan since Tom Baker and got my kids and wife (who's not a sci fi fan) into the Doctor.  we miss David Tenant's Doctor and Carla (? i think that was her name - way too cute)

as for the echoes, i'm sure they're buried in there

 
I am another American a tad bit offended by that!  Of course, the entire world is no doubt offended by our dear leader so, I guess it balances out.
 ico wrote:
> Anyone else getting echoes of the original Dr Who theme?
> (Americans don't have to answer....)

ok. :)
BBC Radiophonic Workshop present Doctor Who - live, 2014  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rjNliYgB0w :)

 
i'm a tad offended by that "(Americans don't have to answer....)" dig.

i've been a fan since Tom Baker and got my kids and wife (who's not a sci fi fan) into the Doctor.  we miss David Tenant's Doctor and Carla (? i think that was her name - way too cute)

as for the echoes, i'm sure they're buried in there
Kind of embarrassed to ask this, but is this song in Pitch Perfect 2?  {#Ask} {#Stupid}
Saw/heard Muse at the Ottawa Bluesfest 2017 — i am a fan now!

{#Bananajam}
 markybx wrote:

For reference, see https://www.openculture.com/2016/01/the-fascinating-story-of-how-delia-derbyshire-created-the-original-doctor-who-theme.html

 
I'd actually known at least some of that. Phenomenal story!
 fredriley wrote:

No. The whole album is based on Orwell's 1984. This song is an integral part of the album, and shouldn't be judged aside from it. Rebellion, and its eventual crushing, is at the very heart of 1984. Try reading it and you'll be amazed and disturbed by how relevant it is today. As in the 40s, the Security State still pushes the slogans: Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength, War is Peace.

This is a concept album in the very best sense of that phrase.

 
I'm a big fan of Orwell's "1984."  Muse trying to coattail it is an interesting idea, except that they botched the music part.  Liking the book is one thing; unfortunately, the coattails just can't help Muse.  PSD!
karljonasson wrote:
These lyrics are so lame. Pseudo-rebellion, wannabe counter-culture tripe. I like this band when they don't pretend to be renegades. Sing about girls. You're better at that.

 fredriley wrote:


No. The whole album is based on Orwell's 1984. This song is an integral part of the album, and shouldn't be judged aside from it. Rebellion, and its eventual crushing, is at the very heart of 1984. Try reading it and you'll be amazed and disturbed by how relevant it is today. As in the 40s, the Security State still pushes the slogans: Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength, War is Peace.

This is a concept album in the very best sense of that phrase.

 
{#Clap}great reply, fredriley....and oddly enough while reading it I thought "I don't remember posting that" because it sounds almost exactly what I might have said.  My wife and I recently re-read the book and re-watched the 1984 version of 1984 (the one with a very bushy Suzanna Hamilton and (recently deceased) John Hurt) - and since we happened to do this on April 4th, which is the date Winston wrote in his illegal diary. 

As a new fan of Muse's music and will FOR SURE check out the entire album...I love concept albums!  Long Live RP!!


 EdEastridge wrote:

The TimeLords (a/k/a KLF) - Doctorin' the Tardis.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5fDOCwa9L0

And counting down the days until Series 10 begins.

 
For reference, see https://www.openculture.com/2016/01/the-fascinating-story-of-how-delia-derbyshire-created-the-original-doctor-who-theme.html
 Boy_Wonder wrote:
Anyone else getting echoes of the original Dr Who theme?
(Americans don't have to answer....)

 
The TimeLords (a/k/a KLF) - Doctorin' the Tardis.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5fDOCwa9L0

And counting down the days until Series 10 begins.
It bombastic, sure, but it's fun. I get that Arcade Fire (nothing against them, they're anthem-tastic for sure) represent the height of serious muso-rock for some, but I love that these guys seem to have injected a little humor into their riffs.
Bill is on his game; great song in celebration of 1984 and rebellion.

fredriley wrote:

No. The whole album is based on Orwell's 1984. This song is an integral part of the album, and shouldn't be judged aside from it. Rebellion, and its eventual crushing, is at the very heart of 1984. Try reading it and you'll be amazed and disturbed by how relevant it is today. As in the 40s, the Security State still pushes the slogans: Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength, War is Peace.

This is a concept album in the very best sense of that phrase.

 


Who knew 8 years later this song and album would have so much significance  {#Fire}
 karljonasson wrote:
These lyrics are so lame. Pseudo-rebellion, wannabe counter-culture tripe. I like this band when they don't pretend to be renegades. Sing about girls. You're better at that.

 
No. The whole album is based on Orwell's 1984. This song is an integral part of the album, and shouldn't be judged aside from it. Rebellion, and its eventual crushing, is at the very heart of 1984. Try reading it and you'll be amazed and disturbed by how relevant it is today. As in the 40s, the Security State still pushes the slogans: Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength, War is Peace.

This is a concept album in the very best sense of that phrase.
> Anyone else getting echoes of the original Dr Who theme?
> (Americans don't have to answer....)

ok. :)
BBC Radiophonic Workshop present Doctor Who - live, 2014  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rjNliYgB0w :)
One of those outstanding dual polarity tracks - read the comments, folks either Love it (and Muse) or Hate it!

Me?  Love it, a strong 9 here reflecting my general liking of Muse, and yes to those other commentators, they know exactly how Kitschy and anachronistic the sound is, and go all out to exploit it, being a Modern yet Glam rock sound for the new millenia...
 Boy_Wonder wrote:
Anyone else getting echoes of the original Dr Who theme?
(Americans don't have to answer....)

 
Yea a little, I was thinking more Blonde actually.  Once it gets going it is neither out side of the use of the synthesizer.

I third that thought...don't hit the PSD button much, but... 

S-curvy wrote:


Oh it's so gag-a-maggot!! 

(dragging of images into post editor is not allowed)

 


 Sasha2001 wrote:

Bullshit. Americans absolutely have to answer. Dr. Who played on PBS over here for years. As for this song, I'm guessing that these guys have no idea that they're paying homage to that particular cultural phenomenon.  Having seen them perform i get the distinct impression that they don't realize how unintentionally kitchy their music is.
 
I know Americans who can name the Dr. Whos, in order.  Series has been a hit here for decades.
The fact that this song is used to promote a first-person shooter video game is all you need to know. 
Overplayed and not one of their best, but have to admit I'm a big Muse fan. One of the best live acts touring these days, so much talent and energy.
 Boy_Wonder wrote:
Anyone else getting echoes of the original Dr Who theme?
(Americans don't have to answer....)

 
Somewhat in certain places, but the lyrics in this tune aren't as profound.
 coccyx wrote:
One of the reasons for PSD button

 
Oh it's so gag-a-maggot!! 

(dragging of images into post editor is not allowed)

Muse does not amuse me. 
One of the reasons for PSD button
I think there's a bit of Suzie Q in there. Devil Gate Drive anyone?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Night_at_the_Roxbury
Kinda resembles an odd fusion between GoldFrapp and Radiohead to me.   (although RH never sounds that optimistic haha) 
Screw the System...
 
Apologies to those who like it, but I'm just sitting here waiting for it to be over.  Seems to trudge along like an large, sluggish, unpleasant quadriped in mud, with about as much musical ability.

But hey, if you like it, I'm happy for you.
Do these guys do this song wearing lycra pants and poofy hair? Is it 1985? 
THEY are so naughty!
YEAH!!!
Also good one!
Sounds like bombastic Queen to me. That's not bad... just bombastic/arena rock/self indulgent, which is ok once in a while.
I like Mr. Bellamys singing....
 Sasha2001 wrote:

Bullshit. Americans absolutely have to answer. Dr. Who played on PBS over here for years. As for this song, I'm guessing that these guys have no idea that they're paying homage to that particular cultural phenomenon.  Having seen them perform i get the distinct impression that they don't realize how unintentionally kitchy their music is.
 
YES that's the word I've been trying to find for years re: Muse...KITCHY!

I have a love/hate with them -- I love then when I'm exercises -- but their music feels so silly, insincere and over-the-top w/out any pretty scenery at the top.

Very strange..no other group does that to me.  
 Boy_Wonder wrote:
Anyone else getting echoes of the original Dr Who theme?
(Americans don't have to answer....)

 
I'm american and yes! 
 Hannio wrote:
This song has a very Stalinist, marching-lock-step-into-a-glorious-future feel to it.  We all know how that turned out.  Eventually the beast turns on those who ride it and devours them.
 
Sing it, comrade!

 Hannio wrote:
This song has a very Stalinist, marching-lock-step-into-a-glorious-future feel to it.  We all know how that turned out.  Eventually the beast turns on those who ride it and devours them.

 
Uh, ok
Have you all seen the video?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7HzHdKA8Rg

I really find it hard to believe that they are truly taking themselves so seriously with this song.
 Boy_Wonder wrote:
Anyone else getting echoes of the original Dr Who theme?
(Americans don't have to answer....)

 
Bullshit. Americans absolutely have to answer. Dr. Who played on PBS over here for years. As for this song, I'm guessing that these guys have no idea that they're paying homage to that particular cultural phenomenon.  Having seen them perform i get the distinct impression that they don't realize how unintentionally kitchy their music is.
This is good driving music, suitable for cruising down the road at high speed.
This song has a very Stalinist, marching-lock-step-into-a-glorious-future feel to it.  We all know how that turned out.  Eventually the beast turns on those who ride it and devours them.
Arena rock song for sure.
 tphord wrote:
Melodramatic drivel...

 

Agree...
These lyrics are so lame. Pseudo-rebellion, wannabe counter-culture tripe. I like this band when they don't pretend to be renegades. Sing about girls. You're better at that.

"They" are very naughty people.


Anyone else getting echoes of the original Dr Who theme?
(Americans don't have to answer....)
My son loves this song - it's really grown on me - rockin'!!
Tying the 1984 theme mentioned earlier into the Glen Miller classic we heard a few songs back, from Wikipedia:

After reintegration to Oceanian society, Winston encounters Julia in a park; each admits having betrayed the other:

"I betrayed you," she said baldly.
"I betrayed you," he said.
She gave him another quick look of dislike.
"Sometimes," she said, "they threaten you with something – something you can't stand up to, can't even think about. And then you say, 'Don't do it to me, do it to somebody else, do it to so-and-so.' And perhaps you might pretend, afterwards, that it was only a trick and that you just said it to make them stop and didn't really mean it. But that isn't true. At the time when it happens you do mean it. You think there's no other way of saving yourself and you're quite ready to save yourself that way. You want it to happen to the other person. You don't give a damn what they suffer. All you care about is yourself."
"All you care about is yourself," he echoed.
"And after that, you don't feel the same toward the other person any longer."
"No," he said, "you don't feel the same."

Throughout, a song recurs in Winston's mind:

Under the spreading chestnut tree
I sold you and you sold me—

The lyrics are an adaptation of ‘Go no more a-rushing’, a popular English campfire song from the 1920s, that was a popular success for Glen Miller in 1939.

 
Melodramatic drivel...
 SoundsGoodToMe wrote:
This is why rock is dead.
 
I think the demise has more to do with someone like Phil Collins or Billy Joel.
Did we just hear this in the London Olympics opening ceremonies?
was at our local Equine affair just a few weeks ago and saw the "big" show...

first song of the show... Friesian horses with their riders all masked up in black and silver... SOOOOooo cool! a bit scary if you were to see one of these horses coming at you in the middle of the night....
https://fairytalefriesian.com/history.html
oh did the music fit.
I love Ultravox.
 
Great song: I always have to turn up the volume!
Crap Crap Crap!

 fredriley wrote:
Calling this "predictable" is the clincher - is it "predictable" that a rock band would write a whole album inspired by Orwell's 1984?
 
25 years after the actual year 1984? No, can't say I saw that one coming.
 SoundsGoodToMe wrote:
This is why rock is dead.
 

...bah: this is fun...
Feel like I'm at a hockey game.  Or in the midst of a post-hockey-game riot...
 sarah_mae wrote:
This is pretty unconvincing as revolution anthems go.  He doesn't even convey the impression that he has anyone in particular in mind when he says "they."

 
Sarah, I suggest that you read back through the comments on this board. This song, and the album, is inspired by George Orwell's classic dystopia 1984. Hence the references in the song to "green belts" and "mind control". The "they" is Big Brother and the Party.


This is pretty unconvincing as revolution anthems go.  He doesn't even convey the impression that he has anyone in particular in mind when he says "they."

Should this be the theme of the Occupy Wall Street movement?
Me likey.{#Dancingbanana_2}

Huh - dancing smileys don't work anymore? 
coming around, I like this song more that I haven't heard it every hour.  
Sounds like a crap Monday night footbal anthem.  Drop it.
These guys are just turrible!{#Puke}
This Muse guy should be a stay at home dad. 4ish
 helgigermany wrote:
More Muse please!!
 
Yes, please!  {#Guitarist}
 gormeister wrote:

complete drivel! simplistic, mundane, and predictable.  in the rotation for far too long.

 
Don't be so harsh on yourself - I'm sure you can write non-drivel. Calling this "predictable" is the clincher - is it "predictable" that a rock band would write a whole album inspired by Orwell's 1984? IIRC only Eurythmics have done the same. Feel free to loathe Muse for pomposity, cheesiness, going over the top, pretentiousness, all of which criticisms have been applied to them on this board, and fair play to the commenters - taste is a subjective thing. "Drivel" maybe, but "predictable"? I don't think so.

 pcicatar wrote:

Yes, equal parts Call Me and Doctor Who!
 
So true.  There doesn't appear to be an original thought anywhere in this mess.


You mean I came all this way and there isn't a mirror ball ?  There isn't even a poster of John Travolta anywhere !
Well I'm outta here.  .. . .

 midas1 wrote:
Like it but I hear Blondie - Call Me all over the place. 7.
 
Yes, equal parts Call Me and Doctor Who!


Spare me.
 Grammarcop wrote:
I can see where this song would be very popular with high school-aged males. 
 
Maybe this is why it was performed on American Idol.  Actually it was a good preformance, but again it was by someone still in highschool.

complete drivel! simplistic, mundane, and predictable.  in the rotation for far too long.


 SoundsGoodToMe wrote:
This is why rock is dead.
 

No, this is why rock is hard!  ;)


This is why rock is dead.
This song is as cheesy as Tom Cruise!{#Puke}
I can see where this song would be very popular with high school-aged males. 
I tried, I really did.  I just don't like this song, or Muse, at all.  Bleah.

More Muse please!!
Just sounds like happy anarchy!
Kicked it up a notch. 8
...can't help but love it!..
{#Yes} midas1 wrote:
Like it but I hear Blondie - Call Me all over the place. 7.
 


That's how you feel when you are coming *out* of the light! Yeah! {#Cheers}
Musically, I like the pounding driving force.
Lyrically, it is courageous of Muse to say it like it is.
I like this, a lot.
This is too bombastic for my ears... distraction is not a RP feature.
Like it but I hear Blondie - Call Me all over the place. 7.
These guys put onthe best live show I've ever seen, and I've seen my share. It's amazing to watch them drift from rock to classical piano then back.
 thewiseking wrote:
a godawful fruity bite on Goldfrappes superior Strict Machine
 yes.


I give the album a 7.5.  There's a few songs on here where I feel like they are trying to be artsy, but end up just being emotionless.  Also, don't expect the entire album to be like this, you'll be disappointed.  It's about half rockish like this track, half LSD soaked art prog rock.
 Romulus wrote:

Correct. It's apolitical. It's about the ruling class, big brother, big corporations and big government. Its not about left vs right. Its about top vs bottom.
 
True enough, though I'd not use the word "apolitical" - this album, and the dystopian novel 1984 which inspires it, is about politics in its most basic sense, that of power. That is, who has power over whom, how they exercise power, how they gain it, and how they legitimise it. The novel 1984 had elements of totalitarian Left (especially Stalinism) and Right (fascism) about it, but it's about the very essence of power and totalitarianism. Ideology is just a means of legitimising the total control of the State over people.

The novel is as prophetic and true now as when it was written in 1948. It's a mandatory read for anyone interested in liberty, whether of Left or Right.

Daddy Muse is having a baby with Kate Hudson
a godawful fruity bite on Goldfrappes superior Strict Machine
I see robots...stormtroopers...more robots.
 drife wrote:
Sounds like the theme to Dr. Who.
 
My first thought too.


 LizK wrote:

You must have been stoned throughout 8 years of Bushism, when "national security" and "anti-terrorism" were the excuses for all kinds of threats to the first amendment.   {#Beat}

 
From an interview with the band:

' The Muse front-man went on to explain further: "There was a whole economic crisis and the MP scandal which took place last year where everyone felt like they were being ripped off by the powers that be.""I sort of wanted to write a song that summed up that feeling like you've been done over by people you're supposed to trust. That's kind of where the song's coming from really." '
____________

Sounds to me like it applies to corrupt government in general - applies to Bush and Obama equally, though targeted at the British.


Sweet tune, defiant lyrics...  that's rock'n'roll!  {#Dancingbanana_2}
The cover art makes me think someone was watching "Time Tunnel" on acid. {#Wink}
And, as to the Gary Glitter reference: "Hey-yey, hey-yey". {#Wink}
Fun dance song!
I think a little Hawkwind, from Quark, Strangeness and Charm would be fitting after this tune
 LizK wrote:

You must have been stoned throughout 8 years of Bushism, when "national security" and "anti-terrorism" were the excuses for all kinds of threats to the first amendment.   {#Beat}

 

Nothing has changed in that regard.
The underdog in me is howling with this song. {#Dancingbanana_2}
Am I the only one who hears Gary Glitter here?  (Not to take away from the song. But seriously)
 Imkirok wrote:

That comment doesn't really hold up for a couple of reasons.  To start with, Muse makes it clear they are not interested in making political statements, even if some of their songs may have political undertones.  But more compelling, the time lines doesn't add up.  They began writing this album in early 2008, before Obama had been elected.  Given that, if it is intended to be political, it is probably more of a response to the Bush era "Big Brother" policies such as the government's increased use wire tapping and researching people's personal lives through their library records and movie rentals.

 
Correct. It's apolitical. It's about the ruling class, big brother, big corporations and big government. Its not about left vs right. Its about top vs bottom.

 copymonkey wrote:


I don't normally go for that chat board spellcheck-cop stuff...but, If you're gonna attempt to make what you think is biting political commentary using a two dollar word, you'd seem much more credible if you spelled that word correctly.
 
You are my hero! {#Smile}  I still love this song - what a great beat (I still think Client's "Lights Go Out" would be great after this.)  Isuspect this is another of those tunes that would net me a speeding ticket or land me in jail for disturbing the peace... {#Lol}
 lemmoth wrote:
Think these guys listened to much Bowie and Bolan growing up?
 

I would say a Significant Queen influence
The album art is amazing! (I like the tune too)
Think these guys listened to much Bowie and Bolan growing up?


Sounds like the theme to Dr. Who.
Saw them live here in San Diego recently. An absolute MUST see if you get a chance... still dreaming of this show! Big Thanks to Bellamy & Co. for making such awesome music!