SUBTITLE Deconstructing Muse's Uprising
Muse is an impressive band - they manage to 'borrow' material from many sources, merging them into some very acessable and acceptable pop songs (similarly to Def Leppard in the late 1980s). Their latest song, Uprising, is an excellent example of this.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EtkuHzBVFM The song itself, on youtube (if you don't have a copy)
0:03 Right away, there are 2 influences that come to mind:
1. The alternating octave jumps, in triplet time, bring to mind Norman Greenbaum's satire song, Spirit in the Sky http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bplEcbzjME
2. The beat also brings to mind another triple-time hit, Gary Glitter's Rock and Roll (parts 1 and 2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXP6ycZG8Us . Note particularly the similarity of the beats - down to the clapping pattern (which comes in at 0:13)
3. Many people have claimed that this song sounds like the theme to Doctor Who http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LF2x5IKxmAQ (the phrase in question is at :23 in the Doctor Who theme - the notes are the same (with different timing) as the phrase in Uprising at :12).
The attentive listener will realize that there already _was_ a song which combined Gary Glitter and Doctor Who: KLF (aka The Timelords)' Doctorin' The Tardis http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdTELokKfCk . The similarities between this song and Uprising are pretty strong. Perhaps Muse read the KLF's book about the making of this song, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Manual "The Manual (How to Have a Number One the Easy Way) ".
The beat and clapping are almost the same
Both reference the Doctor Who theme
Note at 3:20 in Uprising the shouted "Hey!"s - another similarity between this and Glitter/KLF. An homage?
Some similarites to other songs:
0:26 Doctor Who's theme is not the only reference here. This synth phrase mimics very closeley the guitar theme from Billy Idol's White Wedding http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WR23Me3FguA at 0:09
3:15 The fade-in is very similar to the one in Queens of the Stone Age's No One Knows http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lliA2Av8dd8 (at 3:39)