Following on from my FB post…
I remember first seeing Muse supporting Gene at the Waterfront in Norwich in 1999, I wasn’t much of Gene fan, but one of my mates at work wanted to go and see them so I tagged along as well as I’d dragged him to see Therapy? a few months earlier and owed him a return gig. I’m very glad I went. Muse completely blew me away with their originality, sheer brilliance and that amazing sound. The next day I bought Showbiz, and to be honest, I was a little disappointed.
There were a couple of good tracks on it, Muscle Museum and the title track, and I listened to the album a lot, but it never really grabbed me, and the amazing song they played at the Waterfront wasn’t on there. I had no idea what it was called, but it was incredible. It sounded like classical music, industrial rock, heavy metal and punk, all rounded into one amazing cacophony of sheer brilliance.
I next came across them completely by accident performing on Later, with Jools Holland. I rarely watched Jools Holland as I cannot stand his arrogant, patronising, smugness, and he always came across as a bit of a cunt (an opinion that was confirmed a couple of years later when I saw him in Yo! Sushi in Harvey Nichols, with his family behaving like a complete cunt to the staff – incidentally, Jools Holland and his big wank band is the only gig I’ve ever walked out of. Shockingly shite he was). I had not long come in from the pub, switched on the the telly, which was already on BBC2, and walked into the kitchen. I stopped dead in my tracks, turned around and walked straight back to the telly as I heard those screaming lead notes of that song I had heard a year previously at The Waterfront. It was mesmerising. An absolutely pleasurable assault on the ears. And now I new what it was called. Plug in Baby.
When Origins of Symmetry was released the following year I played it to death, I still do, it is an incredible album by an incredible band completely dedicated to their art.
Muse are one of my favourite bands (not my absolute favourite as that will always be Killing Joke). I have bought everyone of their releases and have almost loved every single one, I was very disappointed with The Resistance, although the title track is so far my all time favourite track. And I’m sad to say I’ve never had the opportunity to see them live again.