A real treat for you this week – the greatest music video ever made.
Yes, that’s a bold claim, I’ll grant you, but, I think you’ll find, completely justified.
I’ve already featured a great live version of Muse‘s Knights Of Cydonia in Top Of The Pops Thursday.
I love the song – as I’ve said before, I like to think of it as a cross between Ennio Morricone and Iron Maiden.
And the video for Knights Of Cydonia is a TV and movie geek’s dream. It’s presented in the form of a trailer for a sci-fi spaghetti western (I wish someone would make the full-length film) and comes with dozens of references and homages to genre TV shows and films, including Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers In The 25th Century (the heroine dresses like Wilma Deering!), Star Wars, Planet of the Apes, Blade Runner and many more.
If you’ve seen it, you’ll know how good it is – if you haven’t, I won’t spoil it for you. Enjoy!
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Something a little more up to date this week, courtesy of Muse, probably my favourite currently active band.
I could list dozens of their songs here (and no doubt we shall return to them in future TOTP Thursdays) but for now I’ll limit my choice to a couple of their loudest, rockiest, most bombastic offerings.
First up Stockholm Syndrome, from the album Absolution, the closing number from their headlining performance at Glastonbury, 2004:
And second, my favourite Muse song, Knights Of Cydonia (from the album Black Holes And Revelations) – which I like to think of as the illegitimate love child of Ennio Morricone and Iron Maiden. This performance is from the BBC’s Later With Jools Holland in 2006:
You can see high-quality versions of both videos on YouTube by clicking the video while it is playing and then selecting Watch In High Quality.