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The song was inspired while watching American news stations in which some 'belief systems, whether they are true or false, are getting a lot of air time'. The song also deals with anxieties and feelings<ref name="Rolling Stone -Interview">
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}}</ref>, the part of 'You’ve been bitten by a true believer' is about someone who believes things that are not true will sometimes have more power than you as Matt said: 'I think that’s really what the song is about. It’s about how other people’s false belief systems can infect your own and sometimes even affect your feelings.'<ref name="Rolling Stone -Interview">
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Matt wrote the song towards the end of 2017, he came up with the bass line and used a theremin to create the lead melody, but is was until November 2017 when they started to record it when he thought that theremin melody would be a cool, anthemic sort of vocal part, Chris and Matt did about ten passes to create this sort of crowd effect on the vocal. The verse of the song, originally was more heavy-sounding than it is now, but they wanted to experiment with programming the verse and go for more of a slightly trap or 808 drum feel for the verses, which took the song in a bit of a different journey.<ref name="Rolling Stone -Interview">
 
Matt wrote the song towards the end of 2017, he came up with the bass line and used a theremin to create the lead melody, but is was until November 2017 when they started to record it when he thought that theremin melody would be a cool, anthemic sort of vocal part, Chris and Matt did about ten passes to create this sort of crowd effect on the vocal. The verse of the song, originally was more heavy-sounding than it is now, but they wanted to experiment with programming the verse and go for more of a slightly trap or 808 drum feel for the verses, which took the song in a bit of a different journey.<ref name="Rolling Stone -Interview">

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Thought Contagion Promo
Muse song
Name Thought Contagion
Album/single
Length 3:26
Alternative titles Fury II
First live performance 13th November 2017 (bass riff)
24th February 2018
Latest live performance 23rd June 2018
Recorded November 2017
Writer/composer Matthew Bellamy
Producer Muse, Rich Costey[1]
Chart position

Description

"Thought Contagion" is a single, released on 15th February 2018.

The song is about 'Memes'[2], in an interview with Matt Wilkinson on Beats 1 Radio, Bellamy mentioned the idea behind the meaning came from a book by Richard Dawkins which suggested that thoughts are contagious and spread like a virus.

The song was inspired while watching American news stations in which some 'belief systems, whether they are true or false, are getting a lot of air time'. The song also deals with anxieties and feelings[3], the part of 'You’ve been bitten by a true believer' is about someone who believes things that are not true will sometimes have more power than you as Matt said: 'I think that’s really what the song is about. It’s about how other people’s false belief systems can infect your own and sometimes even affect your feelings.'[3]

Matt wrote the song towards the end of 2017, he came up with the bass line and used a theremin to create the lead melody, but is was until November 2017 when they started to record it when he thought that theremin melody would be a cool, anthemic sort of vocal part, Chris and Matt did about ten passes to create this sort of crowd effect on the vocal. The verse of the song, originally was more heavy-sounding than it is now, but they wanted to experiment with programming the verse and go for more of a slightly trap or 808 drum feel for the verses, which took the song in a bit of a different journey.[3]

Additional information

The leaked version of the song started with sounds of thunder, similar to The Globalist.

During an interview with KROQ DJ Stryker at the 2017 Almost Acoustic Christmas show, Matthew Bellamy was asked about plans for 2018. He revealed that Muse is currently mixing new track[4]. On Twitter, Matt was asked about release date. He expects to make video on January, then release it along with new song on early February[5]. He also described it as Fury II[6].

On February 6, 2018 All Access Music Group posted "10 Questions with... Adan Armandariz", National Director/ Rock Promotions for Q Prime. In his answer to Question 6: he states:

"Along with the aforementioned Three Days Grace action, we have new music from Muse, "Thought Contagion", that hits PD desks everywhere on February 15th." See his interview here.

On February 9, 2018, Muse & Warner Brothers Promotions posted an image for Thought Contagion (see above) that looks like a movie poster. The license plate on the car has the number 02.15. The bottom of the image shows a Rating of R and "A Dig Down Production". The lettering is done in the same style as Dig Down, with similar neon colors.

On February 15, 2018, the song was leaked earlier than intended on a YouTube live-stream [7]


Song starts with a heavy bass guitar leads into a main halloween-style riff and loud, thumping percussion. Then it follows by Matt singing and clap drums in the verse. The lyrics are very anti-religion, similar to Fury (Hence Matt giving it the name Fury II[8]). The solo contains elements similar to Fury too, including use of the Digitech Whammy.

Music Video

Click here for the music video page.

Lyrics

Strung out, falling from the big time Welcome to the infinite black skies Brain cleansed, fractured identity Fragments and scattered debris

Thought Contagion Thought Contagion

Fall down, learn when to count it out Prop me up, before I black out Withdraw before you're out of time Clean slate and buried war crimes

You've been bitten by A true believer You've been bitten by Someone who's hungrier than you You've been bitten by A true believer You've been bitten by Someone's false beliefs

Thought Contagion Thought Contagion

They'll never do what you want them to Give it up and watch it break though It's too late for a revolution Brace for the final solution

Thought Contagion Thought Contagion

You've been bitten by A true believer You've been bitten by Someone who's hungrier than you You've been bitten by A true believer You've been bitten by Someone's false beliefs

Thought Contagion Thought Contagion

Strung out, falling from the big time Welcome to the infinite black skies It's too late for a revolution Brace for the final solution

References

  1. https://twitter.com/MattBellamy/status/939966299509202944
  2. Samantha Maine. (2018). Muse's New Song “Thought Contagion” Is About Memes: Video. Retrieved 2018-07-23 from Pitchfork.
  3. a b c Andy Greene. (2018). Matt Bellamy on Muse’s Rousing, Political New Song ‘Thought Contagion’. Retrieved 2018-07-23 from Rolling Stone.
  4. http://kroq.radio.com/2017/12/09/muse-tease-rocking-and-heavy-new-song-fourth-contagion/
  5. https://twitter.com/MattBellamy/status/939965867491672065
  6. https://twitter.com/MattBellamy/status/939965135573073920
  7. https://www.reddit.com/r/Muse/comments/7xmbf3/thought_contagion_streaming_now/
  8. Matthew Bellamy. (2017). Matt on Twitter. Retrieved 2018-02-15 from FURYII.