Futurism (song)

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Muse song
Name Futurism
Album/single
Length 3:31
Alternative titles Spectrum, Tesseract, Electro Empire, Apolitical
First live performance 25th August 2000
Latest live performance 13th August 2013
Recorded 2001
Writer/composer Matthew Bellamy
Producer David Bottrill

Additional information

The song itself is about a futuristic world, hence the pre-release name of "Electro Empire", and fits into the theme of Origin of Symmetry, but wasn't included due to its difficulty to play live. The song was otherwise called "Spectrum" and "Tesseract" whilst in production; tesseract being the name given to the 4-dimensional shape analogous to a cube.

The song features a powerful bass line and is similar to Hysteria's. According to Matt in a tweet, Futurism led to the idea for Hysteria bassline.[1]

An alternative interpretation is that the song is about a near-future world formed as a result of modern developments, particularly the way social networking in fact keeps us apart from people ("grounded, boxed in") and the use of technology makes us like "silent gods".

Live

The song has been played two times: one at the Reading Festival in 2000, and another at the Zepp Tokyo in 2013. The live version is one of only four Muse songs that contains swearing. The band said it can get difficult to play.

Futurism

Futurism is actually an italian art movement started by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti in 1909. It containained the first glmpse of what is now known as modern art. The whole article can be found here: [1]

Lyrics

Ignorance pulls

Apostasy and apathy still rules Yeah you know it's cool Just suck and see A future turns us into silent gods And I won't miss you at all

Grounded Boxed in Like the evil in your veins Grounded Boxed in I am stuck with you

Fate can't decide Alignment of the planets in your hands Come on crush our plans Just suck and see A future that won't let you disagree And I won't miss you at all

Grounded Boxed in Like the evil in your veins Grounded Boxed in I am stuck with you

Feel it, hear it, right apathy you are, see it, be it, you'll see

Early live version

Ignorance pulls

Apostasy and apathy still rules Yeah you know it's cool Can't wait and see A future turns us into silent gods And I won't miss you at all

Grounded Grounded Like the evil in your veins Grounded Boxed in I am stuck with you

Pursue Alignment of the planets in your hands Come on and fuck my plans Can't wait and see A future won't just let you disagree Won't miss you at all

Grounded Boxed in Like the evil in your veins Grounded Boxed in I am stuck with you

Be it, Be it, Be it, Be it

References

  1. Matthew Bellamy. (2011-03-31). Twitter / Matt Bellamy: @purpleasuretard interesti .... Twitter. Retrieved 2011-04-02 from twitter.com.


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