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Producer Will Producer Will | 16:50 UK time, Tuesday, 25 September 2012


Teignmouth in Devon is not the most rock and roll town in Britain but 18 years ago that is where Matt, Chris and Dominic formed a band which went onto become one of the most influential and celebrated bands in British music – Muse.

With their sixth album The 2nd Law out on Monday (October 1) what better excuse is there to celebrate one of the UKs ultimate stadium performers than by asking you to up us pick two hours of music which reflects the breadth and significance of the band.

From the days they were known as Gothic Plague then Fixed Penalty followed by Rocket Baby Dolls to penning tracks for the Olympics there’s so much material to pick from as well as influences of the band, people they’ve inspired the show could be much longer than two hours – so we need your suggestions to be good ones.

* From Uno to Madness there’s a ridiculous amount of Muse singles, as well as B-sides, album tracks and rarities you could pick
* How about some of the band’s influences? Nirvana, U2, Jeff Buckley, Queen etc etc
* And what about Radiohead. Bellamy has gone on record saying “they don’t do much for him” but can you hear a bit of the Oxford band in their material?
* People Muse have sampled in their tracks such as Air, Billy Idol and Rage Against the Machine
* Or do you fancy one of the Vitamin String Quartet covers of Muse?

These are just some ideas – the power is actually in your hands so we want your suggestions with your reasons ahead of Sunday’s show which you can send us by leaving a comment on this blog, commenting on our Facebook page, Tweeting us using #Muse6Music, sending us an e-mail or adding a track to our collaborative Spotify playlist.


  • Comment number 1.

    In terms of actual Muse songs, Muscle Museum, Plug in Baby, Knights of Cydonia and Hysteria have to feature - they're the songs with the widest appeal that showcase the best the band have to offer. If you want to showcase the variety of stuff that they've done, stick something like Micro Cuts and Undisclosed Desires next to each other. For a lesser-known one, maybe Eternally Missed or The Groove (b-sides). Supremacy is the best off the new album, and maybe throw in some classics such as Time Is Running Out. Finish off with an epic (if not KoC then Citizen Erased will do fine) and you're sorted. Might even be worth throwing in something off one of their live albums - they play them so differently and are arguably even better. Supermassive Black Hole is one of the better ones.

    In between, Bulls On Parade is a good one, along with something like The Bends by Radiohead, and for a Queen offering Another One Bites The Dust or Killer Queen is a good shout.
    So something along the lines of:

    Plug In Baby
    The Bends
    Muscle Museum
    The Groove
    Falling Away With You
    Micro Cuts
    Undisclosed Desires
    Bulls On Parade
    Hysteria with interlude
    Eternally Missed
    Killer Queen
    Supermassive Black Hole (live version?)
    Knights of Cydonia

    Haven't bothered to check timings but that'd be an excellent starting point

  • Comment number 2.

    RATM and Queen have always been the two influences I'd heard as well as the Jeff Buckley-esque falcetto/guitar-virtuosity. I still don't get the Radiohead comparisons and I'd been a fan of both bands for some time, but I'd propose their Paranoid Android (or Bohemian Rhapsody) - Citizen Erased - is the best they ever managed.

    I still enjoy they're albums and the stream of the 2nd Law is a nice fun album, but I think they're best radical days are behind them. Absolution and Origin of Symmetry are when they got the balance right between heavy/pop/wall-of-sound just right. After that it is more and more bombast (not really being critical). But Map of the Problematique and Undisclosed Desires are still incredible.

  • Comment number 3.

    I agree with Gav and "Citizen Erased" is always such a special song both on record and in a live setting.

    The curve ball from Muse themselves I've loved ever since I first heard it was their collaboration with Mike Skinner and The Streets in the shape of "Who Knows Who". The track just feels off the cuff and has the feel of Muse in a live setting when they jam between tracks. Big riffs and tongue in cheek. It's hard to listen to that track and not want to be in a pit of sorts jumping up and down. It's also a huge nod to Tom Morello/RATM in the riff department.

    It'd be very cool to hear that on the show. Just a few suggestions for now...

  • Comment number 4.

    This is my playlist

    Apocalypse Please
    Piano Interlude
    Space Dementia
    Stockholm Syndrome
    Map of the problematique
    Eternaly missed
    MK Ultra
    Panic Station
    Shrinking universe
    Butterflies & Hurricanes
    Liquid state
    Plug in baby
    Knights of Cydonia
    Exogenesis: Symphony Part III

  • Comment number 5.

    The only Muse song I find remotely tolerable is their cover of Nina Simone's "Feeling Good". I'd much rather hear the original, though. Any chance of it?


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