Muse vs. Top Gear (Super NES)

Submitted by Max

If you discover Muse on this site for the first time you can be assured of at least two things: They like Dr. Who and Super Nintendo game music. Have a listen to this music from Super Nintendo’s 1992 high speed car race game “Top Gear” and the ethereal synth line in Muse’s 2001 “Bliss”.

While we’re here I can’t help notice the lead melody in the intro of “Top Gear”. In this sample below it starts after the first run of the arpeggio. It sounds like a rather popular song with a female vocal. Help!

Nintendo - "Super NES Top Gear" (1992)

Muse - "Bliss" (2001)

Update 9/16/2014:  H.D. Bruton made a great addition to this post in the comments below. According to Muse fan site InMuseWorld.net Matt Bellamy of Muse recalls when writing “Bliss”:

“…it´s got all these 80s arpeggios and keyboards on it which remind me of some music I heard on some children’s music programme when I was five. I think I ripped it off that. And that reminds me of when I was a bit simpler, a bit more of a pleasant state.”

Perhaps it was Top Gear he was hearing all along!

Oh, and check this out! Lady Gaga’s”Judas” sounds just like the Top Gear melody that comes in later. Check it out!

Lady Gaga vs. Top Gear

And for more Muse on this site:

Muse vs. Doctor Who
Muse vs. Maroon 5
Muse vs. Erasure vs. Jason Mraz

 

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12 thoughts on “Muse vs. Top Gear (Super NES)

  1. avatarmarcus

    Perhaps the song you are thinking of (with female vocals) is Delerium – Silence (Airscape Remix). It was popular back in the 90’s, sounds a bit like this, has the same sort of SNES sound.

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  2. avatarreznor

    ps you might also want to add Queen Living on my own (1993 version) and Grandaddy – The Chrystal Lake (from around 10 seconds in)

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  3. avatarH.D. Bruton

    Hey, check this out. Muse frontman and songwriter Matt Bellamy has stated that Bliss is his favorite song “because it’s got all these 80s arpeggios and keyboards on it which remind me of some music I heard on some children’s music programme when I was five. I think I ripped it off that. And that reminds me of when I was a bit simpler, a bit more of a pleasant state.”

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    Keith Reply:

    Ha. That’s hilarious! Do you have a link to where that quote came from?

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    H.D. Bruton Reply:

    Sure thing! http://www.inmuseworld.net/lyrics_and_meanings/origin_of_symmetry/new_born/bliss

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    Keith Reply:

    Thanks! I just updated the post with this.

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    H.D. Bruton Reply:

    Hold on actually, maybe it wasn’t Top Gear. That was 1992, right? Matt Bellamy would’ve been 14 by then, so he wasn’t as young as he recalled. Still a good comparison, though.

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