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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 theguitarist in 60'sgroup, The Tornadoes, who were the first British band to get a number one in the US charts. Even thoughMatt lived in an extremely musicalhome he didn't learn his first instrument until he was ten, which was the piano. At the ageof thirteen, Matt's parents divorced and his fathermoved to Exeter. Matt, Chris and Dom were really good friends growing upand in their teens were bored by the sleepy life that Teignmothand Devon provided. The band were originally in ...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 theguitarist in 60'sgroup, The Tornadoes, who were the first British band to get a number one in the US charts. Even thoughMatt lived in an extremely musicalhome he didn't learn his first instrument until he was ten, which was the piano. At the ageof thirteen, Matt's parents divorced and his fathermoved to Exeter. Matt, Chris and Dom were really good friends growing upand in their teens were bored by the sleepy life that Teignmothand Devon provided. The band were originally in threeseparate bands but at the age of 13 they created a band by the name of Gothic Plague.This then changed to Fixed penaltyand then Rocket Baby Dolls. In 1996 they entered a 'battle of the bands' style competition. All the otherbands there wereplaying pop punk and jazz. They went up on the stage with make-up all over the faces, played loudly and violentlythensmashed everything on the stage. They were all about the attitude and this is why they won. They were all shocked becausethey were allterrible 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 thecompetition 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 toanyone whowanted them to play covers. Their main influences at the time were American grunge bands like Nirvana andSoundgarden but also gotinfluences from British indie and alternate rock bands like Radiohead. At the age of 18 Matt movedto Exeter where he lived with his friendabove an adult bookshop. They both worked as painters and decorators but his friendwas also a drug dealer. Bellamy once explained his flatsaying "like a scene from Trainspotting, white powders and mirrorseverywhere". His friend then ended up in prison. These days kept Mattaway from those kinds of drugs because he saw whatit did to people. These times in his life also greatly influenced their debut Showbiz. It allchanged when one October night in1995, Dennis Smith noticed them in a Cornish village. Although, it wasn't until 1997 that Dennis offeredthem free studio time.In 1998, Muse released a self-titled EP on the Dangerous label. Then on Christmas eve they were signed up toMadonna'slabel, Maverick. Muse then released another EP called Muscle Museum with the track Uno on it. They released Uno as a singleand itjust reached the top 75. Dennis Smith then co-founded Taste Media especially for Muse who they are still with to thisday.

Muse then released the single Cave and followed it up with the LP Showbiz in October 1999. People were instantly comparingit to the work ofRadiohead and saying that Muse were just Radiohead rip-offs. Muse then released Muscle Museum, Sunburnand Unintended as singles. Afterthe release of the album Maverick booked Muse into supporting slots with both the Foofighters and Red hot chili peppers in the United States.Muse also played at many large festivals in Europe, Japan andAustralia. During this time they built up quite a considerate fanbase in WesternEurope which didn't spread to their homelandof Britain.

Muse then went straight back into the studio to record the sequel to Showbiz which was named Origin Of Symmetry. Thisalbum was far moreexperimental and they explored their style far more. They had a far more heavier and darker sound andwere far more bass influenced. Theyexperimented with some strange instruments like Megalomania which was recorded in achurch using an organ. Bellamy is at his best on thisalbum with even higher pitched vocals and more technical yet catchyguitar and piano work. Bellamy's main guitar influences on this albumwere Jimi Hendrix and Tom Morello (Rage Against theMachine). His main music writing influence was Freddie Mercury and Queen. This wasthe album which Muse felt would be theone to finally crack America. However, the irony is the fact that Muse never released this album inAmerica and were made tochange the album for American release. This insulted the band and they left Maverick. They released the songsPlug In Babyand New Born and then released the album. Muse then released Bliss and an A-side Feeling Good/Hyper Music. During 2002Musewent on a huge world tour promoting the album and a CD and DVD called Hullabaloo. They then released another A-sidecalled Dead Star/InYour World. They then went straight back into the studio to record their third studio album Absolution.

In 2003 Muse released Absolution. This album had a constant theme all the way through: the end of the world. Theyreleased adownload. only song single called Stockholm Syndrome, then released Absolution. They then released Time IsRunning Out, Hysteria, Sing ForAbsolution and Butterflies And Hurricanes. They received huge amounts of awards and praisefor Absolution. Muse had finally hit mainstreamcritical acclaim in both Britain and America. Muse were at a high but duringone of the best gigs of there life, tragedy struck. While playing atthe Glastonbury festival of last year, Dominic Howard's dadpassed away from a heart attack. The band came very close to splitting up, butDom recovered and they finished their tour.

In July 2006, Muse released Black Holes and Revelations. « hide

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LPs
Drones
2015

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

2.6
1,260 Votes
The Resistance
2009

2.8
2,517 Votes
Black Holes & Revelations
2006

3.7
3,411 Votes
Absolution
2003

4
3,542 Votes
Origin of Symmetry
2001

4.1
2,941 Votes
Showbiz
1999

3.5
1,656 Votes
EPs
Dead Star/In Your World
2002

4.1
32 Votes
Random 1-8
2000

3.7
58 Votes
Cave EP
1999

4
4 Votes
Muscle Museum
1999

3.9
42 Votes
Muse
1998

3.4
47 Votes
Newton Abbot Demo
1997

4.2
18 Votes
Live Albums
Live at Rome Olympic Stadium
12/02/2013

3
53 Votes
HAARP
2008

4.1
451 Votes
Absolution Tour
2005

4
131 Votes
Hullabaloo (Live CD or DVD)
2002

4
231 Votes
Compilations
Hullabaloo Soundtrack
2002

3.6
246 Votes

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