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"In the US the conspiracy theory subculture has been hijacked by the right to try to take down people like Obama and put forward right-wing libertarianism [populism]," Matt Bellamy said. Defining himself as "a left-leaning libertarian – more in the realm of Noam Chomsky," he added: "Uprising was requested by so many politicians in America for use in their rallies and we turned them down on a regular basis." - The Observer interview with Matt in 2012 "The track [Thought Contagion] was inspired by watching rolling news in America, and seeing how it influenced voters. "We're living in an age where truth is getting less airtime than falsities; and that's a scary thing," said Bellamy. "When you live in that bubble, and see that bubble, the scariest thing about it all is you realise people's minds can be influenced by false belief systems or incorrect thinking." The title of the song came from a Richard Dawkins book that suggested that thoughts can become contagious and spread like a virus, "regardless of their accuracy and truth". In the chorus, Bellamy sings, "you've been bitten by a true believer / you've been bitten by someone who's hungrier than you". He said the lyric was a reference to preachers and pundits whose "belief system is in some way under threat". "They're the ones who scream the loudest and get the most airtime." - Mark Savage BBC Music Reporter interview with Matt in February 2018 On the cover of Black Holes and Revelations appear the four horsemen of the apocalypse as envisioned by MUSE and Storm Thorgerson presaging contemporary social and political dangers Paranoia (eyes) Intolerance and False Messiahs (religious symbols) Narcissism (mirrors) Greed and Corruption (in gold) - Lyrics to 'Take A Bow'1 point
Fun Facts from past interviews and various web sites Some of the first songs Matt learned on the guitar: Shazam by Duane Eddy Grace by Jeff Buckley Blue Valentines by Tom Waits Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Francisco Tárrega Études Simples No. 6 by Leo Brouwer Some of the first songs Matt learned on the piano: What'd I Say by Ray Charles [Played at a local talent competition in Teignmouth won by Matt at age 13] The theme from the American TV night-time soap opera Dallas which aired from 1978-1991 [Urged to play at age 6 at home by his older brother] Songs composed by Matt covered by notable artists: Uprising by Andra Day in 2012 Starlight by the Killers at Lollapalooza in Chicago in 2017 Endlessly by Renée Fleming in 2010 - Track on her album Dark Hope Endlessly by Ewan McGregor in 2020 - From Episode 6 of his documentary series "Long Way Up" Soaked by Adam Lambert in 2009 - Track on his album For Your Entertainment Madness by Chris Martin in 2012 - Snippet played during Coldplay's performance of Clocks at the Stade de France1 point
Origin of Symmetry is the top selling vinyl album in Spain this past week according to Promusicae and also enters at #14 on the Top 100 albums chart in that market. It also debuts at #11 on the albums chart in neighboring Portugal. It spends a second consecutive week on the UK album charts (OCC) dropping to #79 Sales and #81 Physical and on the France Top Albums Physiques chart falling to #71 and on the Belgium-Wallonia album chart descending to #74.1 point