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Muse

Matt Bellamy was born on the 9th June 1978 in Cambridge. When Matt was five they moved to Devon. Matt's father was the guitarist in '60's group, The Tornadoes, who were the first British band to get a number one in the US charts. Even though Matt lived in an extremely musical home he didn't learn his first instrument until he was ten, which was the piano. At the age of thirteen, Matt's parents divorced and his father moved to Exeter. Matt, Chris and Dom were really good friends growing up and in their teens were bored by the sleepy life that Teignmouth and Devon provided. The band were ori ...read more

Matt Bellamy was born on the 9th June 1978 in Cambridge. When Matt was five they moved to Devon. Matt's father was the guitarist in '60's group, The Tornadoes, who were the first British band to get a number one in the US charts. Even though Matt lived in an extremely musical home he didn't learn his first instrument until he was ten, which was the piano. At the age of thirteen, Matt's parents divorced and his father moved to Exeter. Matt, Chris and Dom were really good friends growing up and in their teens were bored by the sleepy life that Teignmouth and Devon provided. The band were originally in three separate bands but at the age of 13 they created a band by the name of Gothic Plague.This then changed to Fixed Penalty and then Rocket Baby Dolls. In 1996 they entered a "battle of the bands" style competition. All the other bands there were playing pop punk and jazz. They went up on the stage with make-up all over the faces, played loudly and violently then smashed everything on the stage. They were all about the attitude and this is why they won. They were all shocked because they were all terrible at their instruments and went out there to lose. This is when they realized music is a matter of emotion. A couple of weeks after the competition they changed their name to Muse.

Muse were all about playing their own songs and not covers. They were not getting many gigs because they would say no to anyone who wanted them to play covers. Their main influences at the time were American grunge bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden but they were also influenced from British indie and alternate rock bands like Radiohead. At the age of 18, Matt moved to Exeter where he lived with his friend above an adult bookshop. They both worked as painters and decorators but his friend was also a drug dealer. Bellamy once explained his flat, saying "like a scene from Trainspotting, white powders and mirrors everywhere". His friend then ended up in prison. These days kept Matt away from those kinds of drugs because he saw what it did to people. These times in his life also greatly influenced their debut Showbiz. It all changed when one October night in 1995, Dennis Smith noticed them in a Cornish village, although it wasn't until 1997 that Dennis offered them free studio time. In 1998, Muse released a self-titled EP on the Dangerous label. Then, on Christmas Eve, they were signed up to Madonna's label, Maverick. Muse then released another EP called Muscle Museum with the track "Uno" on it. They released "Uno" as a single and it just reached the top 75. Dennis Smith then co-founded Taste Media especially for Muse, the label that they are still with to this day.

Muse then released the single "Cave" and followed it up with the LP Showbiz in October 1999. People were instantly comparing it to the work of Radiohead and saying that Muse were just Radiohead rip-offs. Muse then released "Muscle Museum", "Sunburn" and "Unintended" as singles. After the release of the album, Maverick booked Muse into supporting slots with both the Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers in the United States. Muse also played at many large festivals in Europe, Japan and Australia. During this time, they built up quite a considerable fan base in Western Europe, although at the time it this polularity didn't spread to their homeland of Britain.

Muse then went straight back into the studio to record the sequel to Showbiz which was named Origin Of Symmetry. This album was far more experimental, and helped them develop their style far more. The album had a much heavier and darker sound and was far more bass influenced. They experimented with some strange instruments on tracks like "Megalomania", which was recorded in a church using an organ. Bellamy was at his best on this album with even higher pitched vocals and more technical yet catchy guitar and piano work. Bellamy's main guitar influences on this album were Jimi Hendrix and Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine). His main music writing influence was Freddie Mercury and Queen. This was the album which Muse felt would be the one to finally crack America. However, the irony is the fact that Maverick never released this album in America and were made to change the album for American release. This insulted the band and they left Maverick. They released the songs "Plug In Baby" and "New Born" and then released the album. Muse then released "Bliss" and "Feeling Good/Hyper Music". During 2002, Muse went on a huge world tour promoting the soundtrack CD and DVD called Hullabaloo. They then released another EP called DeadStar/In Your World. They then went straight back into the studio to record Absolution, their third studio album.

In 2003 Muse released Absolution. This album had a constant theme all the way through: the end of the world. They released a download-only song single called "Stockholm Syndrome", then released Absolution. They then released "Time Is Running Out", "Hysteria", "Sing For Absolution" and "Butterflies And Hurricanes" as singles. They received a number of awards and much praise for Absolution. Muse had finally hit mainstream critical acclaim in both Britain and America. Muse were riding high, but during one of the best gigs of there life, tragedy struck. While playing at the Glastonbury Festival, Dominic Howard's dad passed away from a heart attack. The band came very close to splitting up, but Dom recovered and they finished their tour.

In July 2006, Muse released Black Holes and Revelations. Since then, they've gone on the release three more studio albums, The Resistance (2009), The 2nd Law, 2012, and Drones (2015). They are currently one of the most popular bands in the world. While touring during 2017, they announced that they are currently working on a new album. « hide

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LPs
Drones
2015

3
780 Votes
The 2nd Law
10/01/2012

2.6
1,568 Votes
The Resistance
2009

2.8
2,858 Votes
Black Holes & Revelations
2006

3.7
3,806 Votes
Absolution
2003

4
3,937 Votes
Origin of Symmetry
2001

4.1
3,342 Votes
Showbiz
1999

3.5
1,870 Votes
EPs
Dead Star/In Your World
2002

4
57 Votes
Random 1-8
2000

3.6
62 Votes
Sunburn
2000

4
1 Votes
Cave EP
1999

2.9
6 Votes
Muscle Museum
1999

3.8
46 Votes
Muse
1998

3.3
50 Votes
Newton Abbot Demo
1997

4
26 Votes
Live Albums
Live at Rome Olympic Stadium
12/02/2013

2.9
67 Votes
HAARP
2008

4.1
470 Votes
Absolution Tour
2005

4
139 Votes
Hullabaloo
2002

3.9
243 Votes
Compilations
Hullabaloo Soundtrack
2002

3.6
270 Votes

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