Thought Contagion (song)

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Thought Contagion Promo
Muse song
Name Thought Contagion
Album/single
Length 3:26
Alternative titles Fury II
First live performance
Latest live performance
Recorded 2017
Writer/composer Matthew Bellamy
Producer Muse, Rich Costey[1]
Chart position

Description

"Thought Contagion" is a single, released on 15th February 2018. Song starts with a heavy bass guitar leads into a main halloween-style riff and loud, thumping percussion. Then it follows by Matt singing and clap drums in the verse. The lyrics are very anti-religion, similar to Fury (Hence Matt giving it the name Fury II[2]). The solo contains elements similar to Fury too, including use of the Digitech Whammy.

The leaked version of the song started with sounds of thunder, similar to The Globalist.

Additional information

During an interview with KROQ DJ Stryker at the 2017 Almost Acoustic Christmas show, Matthew Bellamy was asked about plans for 2018. He revealed that Muse is currently mixing new track[3]. On Twitter, Matt was asked about release date. He expects to make video on January, then release it along with new song on early February[4]. He also described it as Fury II[5].

On February 6, 2018 All Access Music Group posted "10 Questions with... Adan Armandariz", National Director/ Rock Promotions for Q Prime. In his answer to Question 6: he states:

"Along with the aforementioned Three Days Grace action, we have new music from Muse, "Thought Contagion", that hits PD desks everywhere on February 15th." See his interview here.

On February 9, 2018, Muse & Warner Brothers Promotions posted an image for Thought Contagion (see above) that looks like a movie poster. The license plate on the car has the number 02.15. The bottom of the image shows a Rating of R and "A Dig Down Production". The lettering is done in the same style as Dig Down, with similar neon colors.

On February 15, 2018, the song was leaked earlier than intended on a YouTube live-stream [6]

During an interview with Matt Wilkinson on Beats 1 Radio, Bellamy mentioned the idea behind the meaning came from a book by Richard Dawkins which suggested that thoughts are contagious and spread like a virus.

Lyrics

Strung out, falling from the big time Welcome to the infinite black skies Brain cleansed, fractured identity Fragments and scattered debris

Thought Contagion Thought Contagion

Fall down, learn when to count it out Prop me up, before I black out Withdraw before you're out of time Clean slate and buried war crimes

You've been bitten by A true believer You've been bitten by Someone who's hungrier than you You've been bitten by A true believer You've been bitten by Someone's false beliefs

Thought Contagion Thought Contagion

They'll never do what you want them to Give it up and watch it break though It's too late for a revolution Brace for the final solution

Thought Contagion Thought Contagion

You've been bitten by A true believer You've been bitten by Someone who's hungrier than you You've been bitten by A true believer You've been bitten by Someone's false beliefs

Thought Contagion Thought Contagion

Strung out, falling from the big time Welcome to the infinite black skies It's too late for a revolution Brace for the final solution

References

  1. https://twitter.com/MattBellamy/status/939966299509202944
  2. Matthew Bellamy. (2017). Matt on Twitter. Retrieved 2018-02-15 from FURYII.
  3. http://kroq.radio.com/2017/12/09/muse-tease-rocking-and-heavy-new-song-fourth-contagion/
  4. https://twitter.com/MattBellamy/status/939965867491672065
  5. https://twitter.com/MattBellamy/status/939965135573073920
  6. https://www.reddit.com/r/Muse/comments/7xmbf3/thought_contagion_streaming_now/