Uprising (song)

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This article is about the Muse song. For the Sabaton song, see Coat of Arms (album).
The "Uprising" CD cover.
Single by Muse
from the album The Resistance
B-side "Who Knows Who" (7")
Released 4 August 2009 (digital download)
7 September 2009 (full release)
Recorded 2008–09 at Studio Bellini
(Lake Como, Italy)
Length 5:03 (Album version)
4:08 (International radio edit)
3:35 (US radio edit/Now 74 edit)
Writer(s) Matthew Bellamy
Producer(s) Muse
Certification 2x Platinum (RIAA)
Muse singles chronology
"Map of the Problematique"
"Undisclosed Desires"
7" Single
The "Uprising" 7" cover.
The Resistance track listing

"Uprising" is a song by the English alternative rock band Muse, featured on their fifth studio album The Resistance. Written by lead vocalist and guitarist Matthew Bellamy,[3] it was released as the lead single from the album on 7 September 2009. The song remained at the No. 1 position on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart for 17 nonconsecutive weeks, becoming the band's most successful song in the United States. The song was mixed by Mark 'Spike' Stent.[4] It was also the last UK single to top an American chart for the 2000s, according to the 30 December 2009 Nielsen BDS alternative chart, and also the first UK single to top an American chart for the 2010s. Excerpts are used in the 2010 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, the trailers for the film Knight and Day and tv show Sherlock in addition to promotions for the US television series V, and as a playable track in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. Das Sound Machine performed an accapella version in the film Pitch Perfect 2 during their car show performance.

Background and composition[edit]

The title "Uprising" was first revealed on 3 July 2009, when the album's track listing was released sporadically on the band's Twitter page; the song was unveiled as the opening track of the album, preceding the title track "Resistance".[5] In a pre-release review, French media source JudeBox described the song as follows:

Matt Bellamy’s voice is more serious and academic than usual. However it is delivered in a similar vein: Conspiracy, Apocalypse … He announces a “union”, speaks of “victory” that “they do not control.” Sound is still very heavy and dense, accompanied by mounted synthesizers. The structure of the song is simple for once.[6]

The song is often considered to be partly inspired by the hit Blondie song "Call Me", because of the thumping bass line and the occasional lead guitar riff (Blondie have in turn referenced this in their 2010 live performances by singing the lyrics of "Call Me" whilst covering the music of "Uprising"[7]). However, "Uprising" can be argued to have more in common with the Black Sabbath song "Children of the Grave" which Blondie's "Call Me" may have been based on.[8] Many journalists have mentioned that "Uprising" is similar to the theme music for Doctor Who,[9][10][11] and the 1988 hit single Doctorin' the Tardis by The KLF.[12]

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by American collective Hydra (Sam Stephens, John Hobbs and others), first aired on MTV2 on 17 September 2009.[13] The band performs through a miniature city in the bed of an old, small truck, with a lit fuse following behind. At times, they are also seen performing inside a trailer, which seems to be exploding. Through the window of a store, the band at one point looks at TVs with teddy bears (with reptilian eyes and fangs) on the screens; Matt smashes the window and TVs with his guitar. At the end of the video, a group of teddy bears, similarly-looking to the teddy bears seen on the TVs, rise up from the ground and start destroying the miniature city, only to all fall down at the end of the video. This is said to pay homage to the climactic scene in Ghostbusters, with one shot even mirroring the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man's introduction.[14]

The video won "Best Special Effects" in the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, but lost "Best Rock Video" to Thirty Seconds to Mars' "Kings and Queens."

Release and reception[edit]

While "United States of Eurasia" was initially thought by the Muse fan community to be the first single due for release, Muse revealed, via their Twitter page, that it would in fact be "Uprising".[15] It was revealed in July 2009 that the band would perform at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. They played at the theatre across the street from where the VMAs were held, and were introduced by Gerard Butler.[16] On 28 July 2009 Zane Lowe played a 32-second sample on BBC Radio 1 ahead of its first play in full on 3 August 2009. The song peaked at No. 9 on the UK Singles Chart and is the band's fourth top 10 single on that chart. The song was a huge success in Poland, going up to number 1 on the Singles Chart.

After being released to radio in the United States, the single reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Alternative Songs chart on 9 September 2009,[17] becoming Muse's 6th Top 10 single and first No. 1 on that chart, eventually spending 17 weeks at No. 1, becoming the second longest running No. 1 song ever on the chart. It became their first Billboard Hot 100 single (and Top 40 single), peaking at No. 37 on the week ending 3 October 2009 and spent 20 weeks on the Hot 100. It remains the band's only Top 40 single to date. It has sold 2,170,000 copies in the US as of April 2013.[18]

"Uprising" won the Best Single award at the 2010 Music Producers Guild Awards in London.[19]

Usage in media[edit]

  • An a Capella version of the song was performed in the 2015 film Pitch Perfect 2.

Track listing[edit]

CD single (WEA458CD)
No. Title Length
1. "Uprising"   5:04
2. "Uprising" (Does It Offend You Yeah Mix) 4:00
7" vinyl (WEA458)
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Uprising"       5:04
2. "Who Knows Who" (Muse and Mike Skinner) Mike Skinner Matthew Bellamy 3:24
Digital download[20]
No. Title Length
1. "Uprising"   5:04
2. "Uprising" (Does It Offend You Yeah Mix) 4:00
3. "Uprising" (Live from Teignmouth) 5:37

Charts and certifications[edit]


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