Knights of Cydonia

Do you like Sci Fi?

Or Kung Fu?

Or Westerns?

Then there’s something for you in Muse’s music video for Knights of Cydonia. I realize it’s a couple months old but the video was new to me.

UPDATE: If you found this post on its own page you might also be interested in my subsequent review of Muse’s album Black Holes & Revelations.

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6 thoughts on “Knights of Cydonia

  1. jeri says:

    Nice! New to me as well, since I don’t think MTV shows videos anymore, or at least nothing besides pop stuff. The western aspect of the video brings a new perspective to the music. I really like this song. Muse is definitely growing on me – actually, I’ve been listening to a couple of their albums a lot in the past week, so it’s perfect timing for you to post this. Do you have their latest, or know if it’s worth buying?

  2. Nobody says:

    I agree, the Spaghetti Western theme definitely reinterprets the “surf guitar” sound of the song and also informs the presence of the trumpet.

    I decided to pick up the album today on the strength of this song and the uniformly good reviews I’ve heard. I’ve just put it on, so after I listen to it a couple of times I’ll let you know what I think. So far so good!

    Which albums have you been listening to and should I get them as well?

  3. jeri says:

    Absolution is my favorite, then The Origin of Symmetry. There’s one called Showbiz that I haven’t listened to as much, probably because I like the others better. I would say Absolution is worth a buy. It’s got that great song from the train robbery in Millions on it too. :)

  4. Mistress says:

    it’s definitely a great song and a great video…the album is totally worth buying… by the way, there are a lot of movie references in the video (knights of cydonia), dont you think? like matrix and star wars..can you notice any others?

  5. Nobody says:

    Yeah, although many of the most memorable scenes in the Matrix and Star Wars are themselves references to earlier movies. For example the zoom-in on Neo’s “bring it on” gesture, imitated in the Cydonia video, was in the Matrix an imitation of Bruce Lee.

    And though Clint Eastwood obviously shoots down a noose in Fistful of Dollars, I would be surprised if that was the first time it happened in a Western. Being rescued from under the hangman’s hatch is another convention, but I don’t know if it was done first in comedies (like Cat Ballou, 1965) or if it originated in the first generation Westerns. But the overall evocation of the video is definitely second generation Westerns because of the long dusters (a historical touch introduced by Leone), which in turn evolve into the trenchcoats of the Matrix.

    Even the cantina scene in Star Wars was imitative of Western saloons, though I think the Stormtrooper at the end of Cydonia is actually a reference to a scene added in the Special Edition version!

  6. rhys says:

    “though I think the Stormtrooper at the end of Cydonia is actually a reference to a scene added in the Special Edition version!”

    I believe that the stormtrooper is also meant to be a reference that is crossed with a cylon from battlestar galactica, the old series.

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