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May 07, 2010

I can't decide how to feel about this.

Movies , Music

There were rumors going around that the band Muse wouldn't have any songs in Eclipse, the third Twilight movie. (If you don't care about Muse or Twilight, feel free to just stop reading now.) Muse had songs in the first two movies (and on the soundtrack albums), so there was sort of an uproar when they were supposedly not going to have anything to do with Eclipse. But don't worry! They are in fact putting out a whole new song for the movie! Everyone take a deep breath!

On the one hand, Muse is a good band, and I'm happy that they're getting more exposure. On the other hand, well, I try not to be one of those people who refuses to like popular things, but I'm not necessarily wild about the idea of bands I like being co-opted by screaming teenagers. (Actually, I maintain that Muse exited indie-cool status three years ago, when a poster of the band was used on a failed CW summer teen soap to telegraph that a boy was angsty and depressed, but since I seem to be the only one who watched that show, I generally fail to convince people of this. And by people, I mean my best friend, who runs MUSE: Simulacrum. Anyway. Moving on!)

On the other other hand, my feelings about the whole Twilight franchise are rather mixed right now. There are a few reasons for this, but first - okay, I'm getting into Casey McCall territory here*. And now that I think about it, I might write something longer about my Twilight issues at some point. But a summary: I enjoyed the books. I think it helped that I read the first before it was popular, before there was any hype. But I think the movies are pretty bad. And I think the plot sends some iffy messages to young girls. But without Twilight, other things I really REALLY like - namely The Vampire Diaries - would have been given much less of a chance.

So! New Muse song for Eclipse. The name is kind of dumb: "Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)." I mean, with this trend in Muse song titles, I'd really rather they be used in a movie about space rather than vampires. And what the hell is the point of subtitling a song WRITTEN FOR A TWILIGHT MOVIE "Love Is Forever"? Is that really necessary? Not to put too fine a point on it, or anything. But hey, new music from Muse. So I'll stop complaining. For now.

* "Let me answer that question in four parts, with the fourth part first and the third part last. The second part has five subjects--" - Sports Night

Posted by Kat at May 7, 2010 03:00 PM

If you're going to use the "appeared via poster onscreen" metric, you'll have to conclude that Muse exited indie-cool status in 1995, when its posters were spotted behind Bruce Willis's head a good three years before the band had released a dadburn thing.


Posted by: Jack at May 7, 2010 03:29 PM

That is one of my most favorite Sports Night lines. Sigh.

Posted by: alissa at May 7, 2010 11:18 PM

I had to come back to this after I saw a preview for the Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz movie today... Not sure if it is in the movie, but "Uprising" is in the trailer. ick. That might be worse than Twilight. ;-)

Also, that's one of my most favorite Sports Night quotes...

Posted by: alissa at May 12, 2010 12:31 AM
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