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"Uprising" by Muse: the fact they are signed to a major label (Warner) causes you some cognitive dissonance/irony when considering the lyrics?

Asked by hiphiphopflipflapflop (6069 points ) November 8th, 2009

Here’s the music video if you haven’t heard it before.

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Tink's avatar

Huh? I know the song but the words of your question are too big. Can you break it down please? :)

Sarcasm's avatar

@Tink1113 He’s saying it’s a bit ironic that Muse is talking about their distaste for the “fat cats”, the rich companies, the big men in suits.. and yet they have a big rich music label company behind them.

It’s kind of like Metallica acting so anti-corporate, and then going against piracy.

I say, anger sells. If it works for Muse, hooray.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

When you say “stick it to tha man” people take you less seriously if you’re working for tha man.

hiphiphopflipflapflop's avatar

@Tink1113 actually no. For once, I insist you extend your grasp of English.

Grisaille's avatar

@hiphiphopflipflapflop She’s a kid. Watch it, hot stuff.

rangerr's avatar

Oh, I hope that was sarcasm

hiphiphopflipflapflop's avatar

@Grisaille A learning opportunity then.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

@hiphiphopflipflapflop That’s why she was asking you.

Grisaille's avatar

@hiphiphopflipflapflop For you, I certainly hope so.

troubleinharlem's avatar

Well, it could be, but maybe not because the company might get angry with the band.

they shouldn’t have conformed to the mainstream anyway. they were so much better, in my opinion.

MrBr00ks's avatar

I think it’s an awful song, and the voice is so gosh darn annoying that it’s hard for me to take anything it says seriously. Anytime a bit of music has traveled across country and to one’s ears, it means that several companies have been involved in the process of handling it. This means several “fat cats” have been involved. When a popular song screams about going against the man nowadays, I smile when I see it was put out by Sony, videos aired on MTV, sold in Best Buy and on Itunes, and aired on a Clear Channel radio station, one of the largest groups of radio stations out there. It is hypocrisy, like when someone complains about another’s grasp of the English language when their question resembles an incomplete sentence.

troubleinharlem's avatar

@MrBr00ks ; I couldn’t have said it better myself! ^^ I love your username.

MrBr00ks's avatar

ty, i like yours too

MrBr00ks's avatar

and your avatar

shrubbery's avatar

Anyone who sells themselves out to be on the Twilight soundtrack… bleurgh. That being said, I forgive Muse a little bit because Stephenie Meyer says they were her inspiration while writing, so it would have been kind of hard and very rude for them to back out of that one. Also, I really like their new album, particularly the symphonies. I hadn’t realised that the lyrics were about that, really. I’ve been using it as study music in the background, zoning out to the lyrics so I don’t get distracted. Now that you mention it, I do think it’s a bit hypocritical. But I’ve already bought the album and I’m going to listen to it anyway, and I’m also going to be seeing them in January, cause their music is good, so oh well.

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

@hiphiphopflipflapflop: I lurve it when you break out the big words!

hiphiphopflipflapflop's avatar

@hungryhungryhortence Thank you, but I don’t consider this to be one of my better moments here. Not by a long shot.

proXXi's avatar

This phenomenon is nothing new.

It’s no different than the likes of Sean Penn bashing the US, the country that made him.

jfos's avatar

Muse is amazing. There are fatter cats than the heads of music labels. Also, it may be one of those “can’t change the system from the outside” kind of situations. How else would a band with a purpose get public exposure?

aprilsimnel's avatar

@hiphiphopflipflapflop, you’re missing the word “Does” after the colon, which is why it’s a bit confusing.

Drawkward's avatar

Not to showcase my indie cred or anything like that, but I never really understood the whiny self-righteousness of Muse. They’re the new Green Day, as far as I’m concerned.

Sarcasm's avatar

@shrubbery Muse was her muse? Whoa.

tinyfaery's avatar

Like this is the first time this has ever happened? Music is an industry.

RareDenver's avatar

Are we saying Muse are a Sell Out?

proXXi's avatar

Why do people claim to hate money when it’s the force behind so much that they love?

shrubbery's avatar

@Sarcasm, apparently so!
Stephenie Meyer lists Muse as an inspiration for her second novel New Moon. Acknowledgments of the novel New Moon: “And, finally, thank you to the talented musicians who inspire me, particularly the band Muse – there are emotions, scenes, and plot threads in this novel that were born from Muse songs and would not exist without their genius.”
Acknowledgments of Meyer’s third novel Eclipse: “I am in your debt, rock gods of Muse, for yet another inspiring album. Thank you for continuing to create my favorite writing music.”
In her final book Breaking Dawn, Meyer also dedicated it to Muse. “And thanks also to my favourite band, the very aptly named Muse, for providing a saga’s worth of inspiration.”
source

proXXi's avatar

Ceiling Cat Lurve @RareDenver

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