Muscle Museum

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"Muscle Museum"
The "Muscle Museum" CD1 cover.
Single by Muse
from the album Showbiz
B-side 7"
"Minimum"
CD1
"Do We Need This?"
CD2
"Pink Ego Box"
"Con-Science"
Released 22 November 1999
Format 7", 2CD
Recorded April 1999 at Sawmills Studio, Cornwall
Genre Alternative rock, hard rock, new prog
Length 4:22 (Album Version)
5:25 (Full-Length Version)
3:55 (Radio Edit)
Label Taste/Mushroom
Writer(s) Matthew Bellamy
Producer(s) Paul Reeve, Muse
Muse singles chronology
"Cave"
(September 1999)
"Muscle Museum"
(November 1999)
"Sunburn"
(February 2000)
Showbiz track listing
"Sunburn"
(1)
"Muscle Museum"
(2)
"Fillip"
(3)

"Muscle Museum" is the third single by English alternative rock band Muse, and the second track from their debut album, Showbiz. It was released on 7" vinyl—backed with "Minimum"—and double CD—backed with "Do We Need This?", a live acoustic version of the song, "Pink Ego Box" and "Con-Science"—on 22 November 1999 and reached #25 in the UK Singles Chart[1]—an improvement of 27 positions on "Cave". The words Muscle and Museum come immediately before and after the word "Muse" in most dictionaries. The song is available to play on Rocksmith 2014 as part of a Muse 5-song pack.

Music video[edit]

The music video is directed by Joseph Kahn and features different people in a suburban neighbourhood, crying in different situations. Joseph Kahn wanted to express the "sadness" of life in the suburbs where every house looks more or less the same. Individual expression is not possible because of the surroundings and the rules in those suburbs and happiness (or pretending to be happy) is mandatory.

Though Joseph Kahn himself thinks of the video as one of the best he made, he believes that most people, including Muse, don't like the video.

Track listings[edit]

All songs written and composed by Matthew Bellamy

7" (MUSH66S)
No. Title Length
1. "Muscle Museum"   4:22
2. "Minimum"   2:40
Total length:
7:02
CD1 (MUSH66CDS); French CD1 (NV 3212-4)
No. Title Length
1. "Muscle Museum"   4:22
2. "Do We Need This?"   4:15
3. "Muscle Museum" (live acoustic version) 4:44
Total length:
13:21
CD2 (MUSH66CDSX); French CD2 (NV 3212-5)
No. Title Length
1. "Muscle Museum" (full-length version) 5:25
2. "Pink Ego Box"   3:32
3. "Con-Science"   4:52
Total length:
13:49
Promo CD (MUSE 5)
No. Title Length
1. "Muscle Museum" (radio edit) 3:55
Total length:
3:55
Australian CD (561 360-2); Benelux CD (481.2002.22)
No. Title Length
1. "Muscle Museum"   4:22
2. "Do We Need This?"   4:15
3. "Pink Ego Box"   3:32
4. "Muscle Museum" (live acoustic version) 4:44
Total length:
16:53
German CD+ (561 360-2)
No. Title Length
1. "Muscle Museum" (radio edit) 3:17
2. "Overdue"   2:26
3. "Jimmy Kane"   3:27
4. "Muscle Museum" (album version) 4:22
Total length:
13:32
US promo CD (PRO-CD-9841); French 2-track promo CD (NV 3217-2)
No. Title Length
1. "Muscle Museum" (radio edit) 3:51
2. "Muscle Museum" (album version) 4:22
Total length:
8:13

Re-release[edit]

"Muscle Museum"
Single by Muse
from the album Showbiz
Released 9 October 2000
Format 7", 2CD
Label Taste/Mushroom
Muse singles chronology
"Unintended"
(May 2000)
"Muscle Museum" (re-release)
(October 2000)
"Plug In Baby"
(March 2001)

A 'US Mix' of "Muscle Museum" was released on 7" vinyl—backed with a live version of "Escape"—and double CD—backed with a live version of "Agitated", the 'Timo Maas Sunstroke Remix' of "Sunburn", the 'Saint US Mix' of "Sober" and the 'Soulwax Remix' of the song—on 9 October 2000 and reached #25 in the UK Singles Chart[1]—18 positions higher than its original release.

7" (MUSH84S)
No. Title Length
1. "Muscle Museum" (US Mix) 4:29
2. "Escape" (live) 3:34
Total length:
8:03
CD1 (MUSH84CDS)
No. Title Length
1. "Muscle Museum" (US Mix) 4:29
2. "Agitated" (live) 3:11
3. "Sunburn" (Timo Maas Sunstroke Mix) 6:27
4. "Muscle Museum" (live video) 4:29
Total length:
18:36
CD2 (MUSH84CDSX)
No. Title Length
1. "Muscle Museum" (US Mix) 4:29
2. "Sober" (Saint US Mix) 4:04
3. "Muscle Museum" (Soulwax Remix) 3:46
Total length:
12:19
Remix promo CD (MUSE 10)
No. Title Length
1. "Muscle Museum" (radio edit) 3:58
2. "Sober" (The Saint Remix) 4:04
3. "Sunburn" (Timo Maas Sunstroke Mix) 6:44
Total length:
14:46

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom 22 November 1999 Mushroom 7" MUSH66S
2CD MUSH66CDS/MUSH66CDSX
CD MUSE 5
Australia Mushroom CD 561 360-2
Benelux Play It Again Sam CD 481.2002.22
France Naïve 2CD NV 3212-4/NV 3212-5
Germany Motor CD+ 561 360-2
United States Maverick CD PRO-CD-9841
Worldwide reissue 9 October 2000 Mushroom 7" MUSH84S
2CD MUSH84CDS/MUSH84CDSX
CD MUSE 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Chart Stats - Muse". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 2012-05-30. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 

External links[edit]