British Rock Band Muse Almost Scored Clash of the Titans?
by Ethan Anderton
January 6, 2010
Source: ClashMusic, Daily Star
As of late, an interesting trend in movies has been bringing in a hip band to write the score that will set the tone for the entire film. Arcade Fire came on board to provide music for Richard Kelly's film The Box and the band Mastodon has been set to score the upcoming Jonah Hex. Recently, it looks like another band had the opportunity to showcase their composition talents on the big screen as ClashMusic says that British rock band Muse was offered the chance to score the upcoming Clash of the Titans remake, however, going by their odd quotes and the timing of this story, it's unclear if this is something that actually happened or not.
Muse's lead singer and frontman Matt Bellamy talked with the British tabloid Daily Star about Clash of the Titans, but he doesn't come right out and say they're doing/have done the score - it's confusing. He says:
"It's something we're up for doing – it's just a case of timing because we're always on tour. Clash Of The Titans is the first interesting offer we've had for film work. We're definitely interested in writing for films at some point when we get a break from being on the road."
So it almost sounds like they wanted to do it but it never got finalized. There's also several other points of contention working against Muse's involvement. First, IMDb lists Craig Armstrong as the composer on Clash of the Titans. On top of that, it's also a bit late to sound so uncertain about composing music for an epic, effects heavy film that comes out this March especially since the band is supposed to begin a 12-date tour of the South Korea and Australia tomorrow. And finally, Bellamy has spoken of working on Titans before, way back in October, when he mentioned the possibility in an interview with The Ampersand.
Honestly, I wish and/or hope that this truly is a done deal so that we can hear the majestic sounds of Muse running through intense action sequences of monster fighting and deity battling, especially since I'm mostly displeased with the in-your-face hard rock/metal sounds on the current Clash of the Titans trailers. Muse has much more of an epic rock sound almost like a rock orchestra sometimes with remnants of woodwind and brass scattered throughout. If you're unfamiliar or simply not confident in their skills or need for them to score a film, go listen to the three part "Exogenesis" tracks on their most recent album The Resistance.
Just close your eyes and tell me you can't picture a spectacular film in action to their sweet sounds. Even if they don't end up scoring Clash of the Titans then I hope they get picked up to score something else or even provide the title song for the new Bond flick. Either way, I hope we get to hear Muse on the big screen soon!
Muse are the best band on the planet today, and I can't wait for them to score a film. I was hoping they'd get the change with Clash Of The Titans as I could see it working very well, but I'm content on waiting. Matthew Bellamy also did the end credits to "The International", for those interested in hearing what he achieved.
Dan on Jan 6, 2010
Muse is a great band. They are among the few artists who still put out albums in which the songs sound like they belong together. 10 years ago this was the norm, but in the era of the MP3. Anyway, when you listen to their records you get the sense that their is a story behind them. If any band is taylor made to score films and musicals, it would be Muse.
Gene on Jan 6, 2010
Wow, that would be/have been epic. I love Craig Armstrong, though, so no complaints if they didn't sign on to it after all.
Jennie on Jan 6, 2010
I really wish Muse would do this, they have been my favorite band for years and actually got me into music. I'm glad you like them too Alex!
RPH on Jan 6, 2010
I perfer a composer's score to use of commerical music, I like Muse but I'm glad they aren't scoring COTT
Xerxex on Jan 6, 2010
Muse are fantastic and Matt Bellamy is a genius and he is a natural orchestral composer, He composed all the orchestral music on their albums and he really knows how to make a song larger and really adds depth to it in terms of emotion. Exogenisis Part 2 should be in a Spielsberg epic.
Ken on Jan 6, 2010
muse has been my fav band for a long time now. of course i preferred it when they were less commercial, even tho i told every1 i knew they had to listen to muse. @ X(#5) - bellamy is actually a genius of a composer like #6 said. so this could have been interesting. Ex pt2 is like sex in my ears. Spielberg would not know what to do with it.
lego on Jan 6, 2010
muse are fucking great band, that would of been so fucking cool.
tobi,leader of the akatsuki on Jan 7, 2010
Saw Muse a month ago @ Oracle arena in Oakland. They rocked that show, it was amazing. There are no limits to Matt Bellamy's musical genius.
Rod Tidwell on Jan 7, 2010
Muse are an AMAZING band! And they put on the best live shows I've ever seen. And I've seen over 200 bands/singers in my lifetime so far.
Film Fan on Jan 7, 2010
WOW! That would be amazing!!! Clash of the Titans AND MUSE?!! I hope it works out!
Kristen on Jan 7, 2010
First and foremost I want to say I love this band. I've been listening to them for years and am very happy they have become so popular. Mostly because it gives them opportunities like this. Matthew Bellamy & Muse are not that interested major fame and all that comes with it. In a recent interview with Prog Rock mag Matt says he makes the music he does as if it's a calling from god, only he wasn't raised in a religious family and doesn't have much use for religion. But that kind of statement lets you know the head space in which he operates. It's a really great interview, I recommend checking it out. http://erato1.wordpress.com/2009/06/20/classic-rock-magazine-2009-muse-article/ this is a repost of the same article. Cheers!
Bryanmakeup on Jan 7, 2010
I love the Muse! They have the best music!
Lynne Curt on Jan 8, 2010
Sounds AWFUL! What a horrible idea...Will the whole damn score be in Dm then? *puke*
Jimo on Feb 24, 2010
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