Check? (HUM415/ HUM425)

Muse’s Madness:

Let’s approach this video as a totality: sound, lyrics, images. The second of these elements, lyrics, are fairly unremarkable.* Whatever power they have can be linked to the sound. (Something pop excels at: if the music is good enough you could recite the ingredients of a breakfast cereal and they’d seem profound). Sound: as my informant remarks, this is a long track, one that builds by layering. Then the layers are stripped away and begin to build again. There’s tension here, then: a slow progression and a reversal. But what about the visuals? The lyrics indicate a song about conflicted desire, which is classic pop content. Why then are what appear to be black bloc affinity groups battling LAPD SWAT? What does it mean that in the final shots the two lover-protagonists are smoking inside the subway car, their backs to each other, while a brawl between the RSA and its antagonists unfolds? Any thoughts about this? What are the politics of this morsel of pop? I’d love to hear your responses.

* (Ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma…)

I, I can’t get these memories out of my mind,
And some kind of madness has started to evolve.
(Ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma…)
I, I tried so hard to let you go,
But some kind of madness is swallowing me whole, yeah
(Ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma…)

I have finally seen the light,
And I have finally realized
What you mean.

Ooh oh oh

And now I need to know is this real love,
Or is it just madness keeping us afloat?
(Ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma…)
And when I look back at all the crazy fights we had,
Like some kind of madness was taking control, yeah
(Ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma…)

And now I have finally seen the light,
And I have finally realized
What you need.

Mmmm…

(Ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma…)

And now I have finally seen the end (finally seen the end)
And I’m not expecting you to care (expecting you to care)
But I have finally seen the light (finally seen the light)
I have finally realized (realized)
I need to love
I need to love

Come to me
Just in a dream.
Come on and rescue me.
Yes I know, I can be wrong,
Maybe I’m too headstrong.
Our love is
(Ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma…)
Madness

h/t: aujo

One thought on “Check? (HUM415/ HUM425)

  1. Ana Doria-Quesada

    Frankly I don’t know what the video means and don’t really care. I usually don’t pay much attention to the videos of songs unless they are really awesome.The words, although simple actually have much more deep meaning than they appear. I like the song. The layering of sounds and rhythms is pleasing. The vocals are complementary to the instrumentalization. Maybe, what the video is doing is emphasizing the meaning of the title of the song. It is madness to fall in love in a mad world full of conflict, a world very much militarized, a world that is supposed to be democratic but where political unrest is met by storm-trouper-like police. A world where difference is still not acceptable. Love is madness but probably the only possible response? I don’t know what the RSA is (another alienating acronym) and the fact that they start smoking and end smoking is beyond me. Maybe a reference to an old stereotype of having just had sex they are enjoying a smoke? The whole thing is violent even their connection at the end. In a world where there is so much violence it is hard to feel anything unless you are violent too. Their love, passion, is violent but they are immune to the violence around them as they take a smoke after their violent connection. Who knows? Connections can be made any way you want with anything. The relationships of signifier/signified and connotation/denotation are arbitrary in film.

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