Muse, Please Embrace It

I’m not asking you to embrace Muse, I’m asking Muse (the band) to embrace being part of the Twilight soundtrack. Goodness gracious, it is so sickening to see a band (that already is cool) fighting so hard to try and keep said “coolness” intact.

You have to take every opportunity you get over there [United States] and sometimes you have to sell your soul.

-Muse bassist, Chris Wolstenholme, talking to BBC Radio

You may have seen this, but basically what is happening is the band, (apparently) especially Wolstenholme, is ashamed they have a song on the soundtrack for the new Twilight movie, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

Who cares? Just because Twilight is currently the biggest fad going, it does not mean you have “sold out” if you have somehow joined the cause. Oh, did I mention Muse has been on all three Twilight soundtracks? How does that cliche go? – Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. What happens next? I’m pretty sure if you’ve been fooled thrice, you’re simply doing it on purpose. Are they really just now becoming concerned with the cool factor?

I understand there is always a fine line to keeping your artistic integrity, but there is nothing wrong with expanding your audience and making money in the process.

And really, does anyone actually have artistic integrity anymore? Has anyone ever? Ok, probably a few, but you’ve probably never heard of them.

I genuinely believe Muse is shooting itself in the foot by trying to cover its tracks with Twilight. I have been a fringe fan for a while and I felt the Twilight connection was simply a boost to everything Muse had going on – nothing more, nothing less. The band is now bringing negative attention to the boon. Not smart.

Here’s the Muse song, “Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever),” from The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

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4 thoughts on “Muse, Please Embrace It

  1. Muse is one of my favorite “new to me” bands. I’d not listened to them until a few months ago. Artists are taught, for whatever reason, that they shouldn’t sell out (whatever that means). It’s tiring to hear them say things like this, but it’s what they think they’re supposed to say. They want to have it both ways — be the starving artists and the stadium-filling rock stars. This was aimed at their fans, but it will drive away fringe fans (like you) because it’s annoying.

    A few days ago, I read someone writing about U2 and how they are always painting themselves as on the comeback trail, as the underdogs. They’re always misunderstood and trying to win fans back even though they are the biggest band in the world. It annoys their fringe fans, but their loyal fans love that stuff — it validates their listening to them. I think Muse is trying to do that here, as well.

    Plus, I’m willing to give Muse’s bassist a lot of slack simply because of the bass riff in “Hysteria.”

  2. Michael, I love this. Especially the “Hysteria” line. Couldn’t agree more.

    Great point about loyal fans loving the message. Nothing matters more than the core.

    As always, many thanks for reading.

    John Clore

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