[Letters to…] Muse

Matthew, Dominic and Christopher

Wow, my experience with you guys dates back to 2007. My first song was Hysteria and I remember that green-blue music video starring Justin Thereox in it. Matthew’s falsetto made this song one of those misheard lyrics back then; I actually thought the chorus was “I want to die, I want to die”.

But it was not until 2009 when I truly started to be a fan. I recall being in my parents’ room and I was browsing through some old CDs. There was this piece of paper, I think it was a phone promotion flyer and there was Starlight advertised there. Now, usually I don’t pay attention to flyers but I don’t know what prompted me to go YouTube this song. But luckily I did and I guess this was one of those times where listening to your heart works.

I was so hooked to your music I actually went to read up your biography where I discovered the Manson DeLorean and all the “magic mushrooms”…

I always say that Muse is one of the most talented rock bands in this decade and I say your band has opened my eyes to the massive possibilities of music production. Not forgetting Matthew’s falsetto which never fails to impress me. Till date, I am still unsure if it is a guitar solo or a voice in the beginning of Knights of Cydonia

Thank you for making my childhood so exciting.

[Letters to…] New Order

Bernard, Stephen, Gillian, Phil and Tom (and Peter)

Many agree that Blue Monday or Ceremony is your best track but I disagree. The winner is definitely Temptation.

I recall this period in 2016 – 2017 where I kept alternating between the original 12″ version and 1987 version of Temptation. I tried finding the best version of it but now that I look back, I guess there really is no such thing as a best version. Each rendition is great in its own way. The 1987 sure makes you wanna dance, bob your head and jump around the house. The 12″ one is well, less loud and more calm. But I feel the beauty of your songs is that whenever I listen to it, I discover something new. I may notice Stephen’s drums at the start and when I hear it again, I observe something interesting with Peter’s bass.

Temptation has been on my playlist for 5 years now and still remains my top three favourite songs of all-time.

And I never met anyone quite like you before

Temptation

This sort of summarise my experience with New Order so far. There is this really distinctive New Order sound – the dance beats, Peter’s bass and Stephen’s precise drumming – that makes you just feel exhilarated. I really regret (get the wordplay?) not attending your concert in Singapore in 2012. But then again, I did not know of New Order then. Really wishing for the chance to see you guys perform live here again.