Muscle Museum

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"Muscle Museum"
Muse mm.jpg
'CD1' cover
Single by Muse
from the album Showbiz
B-side "Minimum" (7")
"Do We Need This?" (CD1)
"Pink Ego Box" (CD2)
"Con-Science" (CD2)
Released 22 November 1999
Format 7", CD
Recorded April 1999 at Sawmills Studio, Cornwall, England
Genre Alternative rock
Length 4:22 (album version)
5:25 (full-length version)
3:55 (radio edit)
Label Taste/Mushroom
Writer(s) Matthew Bellamy
Muse singles chronology
(September 1999)
"Muscle Museum"
(November 1999)
(February 2000)
Showbiz track listing
"Muscle Museum"

"Muscle Museum" is song by English alternative rock band Muse, released as the third single from their 1999 debut album Showbiz.


The title likely derives from the fact that the words "muscle" and "museum" come immediately before and after the word "muse" in most dictionaries.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]


"Muscle Museum" was released on 22 November 1999 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". It reached #43 in the UK Singles Chart[1]—an improvement of nine positions on "Cave".

The song is available to play on Rocksmith 2014 as part of a Muse 5-song pack.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Matthew Bellamy.

No. Title Length
1. "Muscle Museum" 4:22
2. "Minimum" 2:40
Total length: 7:02
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
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


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

A "US Mix" of "Muscle Museum" was released on 9 October 2000 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. It reached number 25 in the UK Singles Chart[1]—eighteen 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
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
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
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


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