Hyper Music/Feeling Good

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"Hyper Music/Feeling Good"
Muse hypermusic.jpg
The "Hyper Music" side of the artwork.
Single by Muse
from the album Origin of Symmetry
Released 19 November 2001
Genre Art punk
  • 3:23 ("Hyper Music")
  • 3:18 ("Feeling Good")
Muse singles chronology
"Hyper Music/Feeling Good"
"Dead Star/In Your World"
Origin of Symmetry track listing
"Space Dementia"
"Hyper Music"
"Plug In Baby"
Origin of Symmetry track listing
"Feeling Good"
Alternative cover
The "Feeling Good" side of the artwork.
The "Feeling Good" side of the artwork.

"Hyper Music" and "Feeling Good" are songs by the English alternative rock band Muse from their second album Origin of Symmetry (2001), released as a double A-side single on 19 November 2001.


"Hyper Music" is an art punk song,[1] written by vocalist and guitarist Matthew Bellamy. "Feeling Good" was written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley for the 1964 musical The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd, later covered by jazz and soul singer Nina Simone.

A softer, acoustic version of "Hyper Music" was recorded under the title of "Hyper Chondriac Music" and included on Muse's 2002 compilation album Hullabaloo Soundtrack.

Music videos[edit]

The music videos for "Feeling Good" and "Hyper Music" were directed by David Slade.[citation needed] The music video for Hyper Music begins with a shot of a room that has a red floor and greyish walls with Bellamy slouching with a mic in front of him, and a guitar in his hands. The video then changes to a shot next to Bellamy, as he starts playing the song. Seemingly out of nowhere, the rest of the band appears behind him as they all start playing, with shots interspersed with Bellamy playing his guitar alone, before stabilising into just the band playing the song, with a few shots of just Bellamy, with the shots of purely Bellamy increasing when the beginning riff is repeated. When the chorus repeats for the final time a crowd of people appears, jumping around the band. Nearly the entire video is shot very shakily, with apparent lens flares appearing at several moments.[2]

The music video for Feeling Good is rather similar. It begins with Bellamy playing the piano, or a similar instrument. There is clearly a light shining on him. The light's cause is a hole in the roof, from which red petals are falling down on Bellamy. Shots of bizarre looking people are shown walking into light in the same room, with them continuing for the first 30 seconds. As the band yet again appears behind Bellamy, the petals's falling gets heavier. At a bit over the one minute mark the lights mostly disappear, as Bellamy starts singing into a megaphone, accompanied by a change in Bellamy's voice to a buzzing distortion. The lights turn back on as the distortion turns off, and the megaphone is gone, but now the warped looking people are standing behind the band. The people slowly begin climbing up the walls, presumably to escape, as the band keeps playing, with many of the people just staring at the band. In the final moments of the video the majority of the people are seen crawling on the walls.[3]


It was released on 19 November 2001 on 7" vinyl—as a double A-side—and double CD—backed with "Shine" and a cover of The Smiths' "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want". Itreached number 24 in the UK Singles Chart[4]—the lowest of all four singles released from Origin of Symmetry, though sold better than all of them except "Plug in Baby".


"Feeling Good" was ranked as the fifth best cover version in a poll by Total Guitar in 2008.[5] Later in 2010, Muse's cover of "Feeling Good" was ranked by NME as the greatest cover song of all time in September 2010. Over 15,000 people voted it to number one, beating The Beatles' cover of "Twist and Shout" and Johnny Cash's cover of "Hurt".[6] In 2014, a BBC poll saw it voted the ninth best cover version ever.[7]

Muse's version of "Feeling Good" was used by Nescafé for their advertising, but did so without the band's permission. They later replaced it with the Nina Simone version. Muse successfully sued Nescafé in 2003 when their song "Feeling Good" was used in a television advert without permission, donating the £500,000 compensation to Oxfam.[8] "Feeling Good" is used in Virgin Atlantic's 2010 commercial run in the United States, "001".[9]

"Feeling Good" has been featured in the film Seven Pounds, and the television series John from Cincinnati, Doctor Who Confidential, Queer as Folk, Luther and Shameless. Season 8 American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert performed "Feeling Good" on the show, using the arrangement of Muse's version. The song is also featured in the video game The Saboteur.

Track listings[edit]

7" (MUSH97S)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Hyper Music" Matthew Bellamy 3:23
2. "Feeling Good" 3:18
Total length: 6:41
CD1: "Hyper Music/Feeling Good" (MUSH97CDS)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Hyper Music" Bellamy 3:23
2. "Feeling Good" (live)
  • Bricusse
  • Newley
3. "Shine" Bellamy 3:16
4. "Hyper Music" (music video) Bellamy 3:23
Total length: 13:03
CD2: "Feeling Good/Hyper Music" (MUSH97CDSX)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Feeling Good"
  • Bricusse
  • Newley
2. "Hyper Music" (live) Bellamy 3:31
3. "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" (The Smiths cover) 1:58
4. "Feeling Good" (music video)
  • Bricusse
  • Newley
Total length: 12:05
Promo 1 (MUSE 18)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Feeling Good"
  • Bricusse
  • Newley
2. "Hyper Music" (radio edit) Bellamy 2:58
Total length: 6:16
Promo 2 (MUSE 19)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Feeling Good" (radio edit)
  • Bricusse
  • Newley
2. "Hyper Music" (radio edit) Bellamy 2:58
Total length: 6:16

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom 19 November 2001 7" MUSH97S
2 promos
  • MUSE18
  • MUSE19


  1. ^ Morton, Roger (12 June 2001). "Origin of Symmetry Review". NME. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  2. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjm3NyQ6DYw
  3. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmwRQqJsegw
  4. ^ "Muse | Full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Official Charts. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "TG's Best Covers EVER!". Total Guitar. 2008-06-23. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  6. ^ "Muse beat The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash to win best cover song of all time". NME, 22 September 2010
  7. ^ "Pet Shop Boys' Always On My Mind tops cover version vote". BBC News. 27 October 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "NME article". NME. 2003. Retrieved 2008-01-19. 
  9. ^ "Virgin Atlantic USA Commercial - October 2010". Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  10. ^ "British single certifications – Muse – Hyper Music/Feeling Good". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Hyper Music/Feeling Good in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search

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