Sunburn (Muse song)

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Muse sunburn.jpg
'CD1' cover
Single by Muse
from the album Showbiz
B-side "Ashamed" (CD1)
"Yes Please" (CD2)
Released 21 February 2000
Format 7", CD
Recorded April 1999 at Sawmills Studio, Cornwall, England
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:54 (album version)
3:33 (radio edit)
Label Taste/Mushroom
Songwriter(s) Matthew Bellamy
Producer(s) John Leckie
Muse singles chronology
"Muscle Museum"
Alternative cover
'CD2' cover
'CD2' cover
Showbiz track listing
"Muscle Museum"

"Sunburn" is a song by English alternative rock band Muse, released as the fourth single from their 1999 debut album Showbiz.


"Sunburn" was released on 21 February 2000 on 7" vinyl—backed with a live acoustic version of the song—and double CD—backed with "Ashamed", a live version of the song, "Yes Please" and a live version of "Uno". It reached number 22 in the UK Singles Chart[1]—an improvement of twenty-one positions on "Muscle Museum".

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Sunburn", directed by Nick Gordon,[citation needed] depicts a young Brooke Kinsella—who later rose to fame as an actress on EastEnders—babysitting a young boy until she heads upstairs to investigate something. Entering a bedroom, she enters a wardrobe for a few minutes and begins to steal jewellery before Matthew Bellamy and Christopher Wolstenholme appear playing in the mirrors on the doors either side of her. Before she can see them, they quickly disappear in reality. Standing in front of a giant mirror, she's shocked when Bellamy, Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard emerge, playing only as their reflections. The young woman struggles to cope with seeing them perform in the mirror, clasping her head in frustration and throws an object at the mirror, smashing it. The young boy enters, he sees the room in a mess and then looks behind him. In the mirror, Muse have strangely vanished, and in their place is the girl. The video ends in a still of the boy staring in disbelief at the empty sofa, while in the mirror the girl is sitting on it.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Matthew Bellamy.

No. Title Length
1. "Sunburn" 3:54
2. "Sunburn" (live acoustic version) 4:15
Total length: 9:50
No. Title Length
1. "Sunburn" 3:54
2. "Ashamed" 3:47
3. "Sunburn" (live) 3:49
Total length: 11:30
No. Title Length
1. "Sunburn" 3:54
2. "Yes Please" 3:06
3. "Uno" (live) 3:49
Total length: 10:49

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom 21 February 2000 Mushroom 7" MUSH68S
12" MUSE 7
Benelux Play It Again Sam CD 481.2003.22
Germany Motor 12" B033102-01


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