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Released: June 2006

On which Matt finds his funk. Inspired, according to an NME interview, by nights out in New York clubs and Franz Ferdinand’s pioneering dance-rock dalliances, it’s Muse at their most genre-bending, pulling together loose strands of R&B, robo-funk and industrial for one slinky shuffle. And it paid off, charting at Number Four and earning Muse their highest spot to date. Of course, placement on Twilight, Doctor Who and all manner of films and video games didn’t hurt either. (TC)

How We Wrote ‘Supermassive Black Hole’
Matt Bellamy and Dominic Howard

On the track’s influences:
Matt: It’s the most difficult thing we’ve ever done. We’ve taken some Belgian influences such as Millionaire, dues, Evil Superstars and Soulwax, and added a bit of Prince and Kanye West to the mix. The drum beat isn’t rocky, and it had Rage Against The Machine riffs underneath. We’ve mixed a lot of things in this track, with a bit of electronica. It’s different, slow, quite funny…

On recording in the 17th-century Chateau Miraval in Provence, France:
Dom: Things got so secluded and detached in France that the vibe was getting dark there. It was great at first, but then we started getting fearful of the world being out there on our own. We started discussing World War III and what would happen if the end of the world happened. There was a lot of paranoia there.

Things were getting a little too prog. At one point we contemplated a triple album – the first disc being devolution of rock and the third being a load of twiddly synth noises. We had to get away.

On moving the recording process to New York:
Matt: New York has vibe. I even did a bit of DJing…
Dom: It was a vibe thing. We found loads of positivity in New York. It’s so fast and so busy that it’s hard to feel so dark. We started going out to clubs and dancing.


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