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Muse vs. John Williams

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Muse - one of my favourite bands - were once one of the most original bands of their generation. Although indebted heavily to Radiohead and Jeff Buckley as musical and vocal inspirations, they had artfully fused alt. rock and classical music so artfully to create something unique and quite epic. However, recently they have been guilty of a number of thefts from other artists. The saxophone from Stevie Wonder's 'Superstition' in 'Panic Station' (even played on record by the same saxophonist who performed on Wonder's Talking Book album), Brian May's disjointed, staccato soloing style on 'Madness' (not to mention the chord progression similar melody to Queen's 'I Want to Break Free' in the same song) to name just a few.

However, as a great lover of John Williams film scores, I was astonished when I listened to Muse's 'United States of Eurasia' to hear, almost note-for-note, the main motif from 'Parade of the Slave Children' from the score of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. See the links below and let me know what you think!

Muse - United States of Eurasia (1:33)

John Williams - Parade of the Slave Children (from start)


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