There are some songs on this list that directly impacted and changed the shape of my life, and then there are those songs that are so intrinsically linked with a memory that those memories just wouldn’t be the same without them as their soundtrack.
Today’s entry, from Muse’s 2001 album Origin of Symmetry, is definitely in the latter camp.
The memory this song reminds me of? My girlfriends. All of them. Or at least, all of them up to the one I eventually married (and subsequently divorced).
The Love For What You Hide
I’ve mentioned before on this blog that my relationship with the woman I was married to for a short time began thanks to a mutual love of Counting Crows, but there was another band we both loved at that time. Yes, it was Muse.
In fact, some of the happiest times in my life were spent in the company of that beautiful woman, watching Muse perform live.
Before that, I dated a girl for three years who, in every thought I have of her today, is always wearing a Muse hoodie. She would learn how to play their songs on the bass guitar and it was generally a given that, whenever we went anywhere, Muse were not too far away from the car stereo.
And then there was Suzanne, my first proper girlfriend and the one who, if I’m honest about it, is the one girl I most closely associated with Muse.
At the time we first started going out, the band had earned much acclaim thanks to their storming debut album, Showbiz.
From that album, I loved Muscle Museum whilst Suz’ loved Unintended and the fact that Matt Bellamy was apparently a full blown hottie.
Yet whilst Showbiz was already making Muse into stars, it wasn’t until the band released Origin of Symmetry in the middle of our relationship that they really became the true bombastic gods of rock that they are today.
Wasting Our Last Chance to Come Away
For a time, I was absolutely in love with that album. It was the only thing I would listen to, and for good reason:
From start to finish, it was a truly glorious record. It was more than just music, it was an experience. You didn’t listen to Origin of Symmetry, you plugged in and took off to another dimension, surfing on the back of Bellamy’s sonic planes of guitar sound as the unique rhythms carved out a path before you, blasting away the debris of space so you could truly float away into the heart of existence.
It was, in a word, magical, and New Born, for me, was the very essence of that magic.
Suz’ and I would eventually break up, but not before we go to see Muse live. Looking back, I’m very grateful for this now, not only because it was a fond memory with a beautiful girl that I’ll always cherish, but because Muse would eventually blow up and start delivering huge stage shows, so I’m glad we got to see them in more intimate surroundings.
I am, however, sad that not one of those relationships lasted as long as the band itself!
New Born by Muse is the 24th song in my list of 52 songs that changed my life. Other entries in this list are below:
- Michael Jackson – Bad
- Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
- Queen – The Hitman
- R.E.M – Drive
- Pink Floyd – The Wall
- The Eagles – Take it Easy
- Beautiful South – Old Red Eyes is Back
- Coal Chamber – Loco
- Type O Negative – Everything Dies
- Monster Magnet – Space Lord
- Live – The Dolphin’s Cry
- Metallica – The Memory Remains
- The Prodigy – Poison
- Nirvana – Territorial Pissings
- Iron Maiden – The Angel & The Gambler
- Metallica – Creeping Death
- Pantera – Cowboys From Hell
- System of a Down – Sugar
- Guns ‘n’ Roses – Garden of Eden
- Guns ‘n’ Roses – Mr. Brownstone
- Metallica – King Nothing
- The Cranberries – Zombie
- The Offspring – The Meaning of Life