Muse Go Back to the 80s & 90s with ‘Something Human’

Here’s another fun video for those of us, who grew up in the ’80s enjoying some of that decade’s SF and Fantasy movies. I’m a sort of fan of Bournemouth rockers Muse. I like the way their music and videos include science, space and SF themes. ‘Unsustainable’ and ‘Isolated System’, for example, are about the world running out of energy and society collapsing according to the Second Law of Thermodynamics. This states that entropy, disorder, in a system only increases as usable energy is expended and transformed into waste heat. Hence, billions of billions of years from the universe will end as a positron-electron plasma just a few degrees above absolute zero. The tracks and the accompanying video are about the possible collapse of society due to an economics centred on growth which uses up all the available resources, a subject of great concern to the ecological movement since the 1970s.

On a lighter note, their video for ‘Something Human’ contains a number of 80s pop SF references., It features one of the band heading out of a city with a population of 213 million plus in a car carrying a video tape. The sign for the city has ‘Infected’ scrawled across it, which might be a reference to either the Resident Evil game and film franchise, or the later Danny Boyle film, 28 Days Later. He’s pursued by the other two, armed with massive guns. As he races down the road he goes back in time, which is surely based on Back to the Future and the time-travelling DeLorean car. Arriving in the past, he finds an abandoned, delapidated video store. His pursuers arrive behind him in an American phone box, which is obviously based on Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Then the full moon appears and he turns into a werewolf, which could be based either on Teen Wolf or An American Werewolf in London. After killing his pursuers, he gets back into the car, the moon passes and he becomes human again as he drives back to the future. I’m sure there are other references in there. The big guns could be a reference to the massive weapons sported by the heroes of the various action movies, especially those starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. But those are the only references I’ve been able to recognise. Still, it’s a bit of fun nostalgia for those of us, who enjoyed 80s movies and the video technology that made the films available to see at home.

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5 Responses to “Muse Go Back to the 80s & 90s with ‘Something Human’”

  1. trev Says:

    I saw American Werewolf in Paris fairly recently and whilst I enjoyed it and thought it a good film I also thought that the CGI Werewolves resembled Babboons! As for American Werewolf in London, part of it was filmed on the moors in my part of the world up on Wessenden on the outskirts of Huddersfield where I walked with my father as a kid, and later picked mushrooms in my misspent youth. They sighted the “Slaughtered Lamb” pub there for the film.

    • beastrabban Says:

      That’s interesting. I remember that scene with the late Brian Glover as the landlord, as I recall.

      • gillyflowerblog Says:

        I always thought that scene where they were travelling over the moors was near Tan Hill and the eponymously named pub. I can’t be certain though

      • trev Says:

        No the pub was wholly invented, it was filmed on Wessenden Moor and there is no pub there though there was at one time called the Isle of Sky Hotel, derelict by the time I was 10 yrs old. I remember it being in the local paper at the time when they were filming. I think the pub interior must have been in a studio, and the outside merely a mock up. Though they could well have filmed other scenes or footage on other moorland as well for all I know.

      • trev Says:

        Or perhaps I dreamt the whole thing. According to this the Slaughtered Lamb was a pub in Surrey and the moorland scenes were shot near Builth Wells in Wales!

        How weird.

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