My iPod #557: Muse – Hyper Music

“Hyper Music” is the fourth track on the band’s second album Origin of Symmetry. A track of ‘pure anger and disregard for affection’ as once said by Matthew Bellamy in Kerrang! magazine, it was released as a double A-side single alongside their cover of “Feeling Good“. The band decided to film two music videos for the two songs too; whilst that of “Feeling Good” had flower petals slowly falling from the sky, “Hyper Music”‘s features very unstable camera handling, extreme close-ups of Matthew Bellamy’s head, and a headbanging crowd for the final chorus.

Still, it is the perfect visual accompaniment to the song’s bouncing energy and aggression. It all begins with a plectrum scratch which becomes more and more distorted before the band enter to launch into the song’s riff. Similar to a lot of early Muse songs “Hyper Music” focuses its attention on a person who Bellamy couldn’t bare to take shit from anymore, this time he totally erases them from his life – regarding them as someone he never loved nor wanted in the first place. Bellamy holds this negativity and exudes it in his wailing vocal performance, with bassist Chris Wolstenholme pulling the strings throughout delivering a powerful ascending bassline that drives the song’s momentum.

A great track. One that, admittedly, I like a lot better when I was younger. But still a headbanging listen all the way.

Tomorrow comes the last of the H’s and I don’t know whether to feel relieved or saddened by this. Will keep you updated.

My iPod #43: Hyper – Ant Music

Oh my god. Year 8 was one of the best school years of my life.

You didn’t care about anything, I wasn’t in the youngest year anymore, we had no real exams to worry about, I turned thirteen years old. I have so many things I could list; I wouldn’t want to bore you with all my sentimental crap though. It was good times. Some gooood times.

Another thing that was great around the time was the freedom I had to play my PS2 for hours on end. I am a FIFA fanatic, I’m not like KSI or any of those gamers online, but I’ve been buying EA Sports’ yearly release since I was seven.

In 2005 EA Sports BIG, known for SSX, released its own FIFA game, ‘FIFA Street’. It was nothing like I ever played before. You could make your own team in the ‘career mode’ and recruit professional players to be on your team. This was when people like Zidane, the original Ronaldo…. All those legends were still playing. It was the best.

In fact it was so good that they released the sequel two years later, ‘FIFA Street 2’. The sequel had improved vastly from the first. The first game wasn’t even that bad, but the second was out of this world. The locations, the players, the music! The music!

That’s where this song comes in. ‘Ant Music’ is a cover of the song by Adam and the Ants. I have no idea what else I can say to you about Hyper. I probably won’t like their stuff, but this song became one of my favourites from the game.

The best thing was some of my friends also owned FIFA Street 2, so we would start bursting into song in lessons, at break, at lunch, when we were going home. All the time.

FIFA Street 2, I love you. Thank you for those memories.

Whatever you do, don’t buy FIFA Street 3 or the one that came out last year because those flopped like hell. Seriously. Don’t.

The playlist on this game has real quality, so I’m going to list my favourites. Me and my friends sang these everyday.

Highlights
The Flaming Lips – The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song
Lethal Bizzle – Kickback
The Subways – Rock and Roll Queen
Coldcut ft. Roots Manuva – True Skool
Sway – Flo Fashion
Killa Kela (I think that’s right) – Jawbreaker
Art Brut – Formed a Band
Pendulum – Hold Your Colour (Bi-Polar Mix)
End of Fashion – O Yeah
Editors – Munich
British Beef – Without Me
Swingfly – Something’s Got Me Started

Yep, that’s about it. Have fun listening to them!

Until next time.

Jamie.