When you think about the people most likely to enjoy the flamboyant and vaguely liberal arena-rock that Muse has trademarked, right-wing political pundits probably aren't going to rank high on your list. Yet Glenn Beck has publicly declared his love for the songs of Matt Bellamy, even going so far as to suggest they could serve as the soundtrack to a sort of neo-conservative revolution.
In an open letter to Bellamy, Beck wrote, "As uncomfortable as it might be for you, I will still play your songs loudly. To me your songs are anthems that beg for choruses of unity and pose the fundamental question facing the world today – can man rule himself?"
The letter comes in response to Bellamy's objection to conservative politicians looking to play his song "Uprising," in which he claimed that right-wing libertarians were hijacking his music and message as part of a political attack on President Obama.
Beck, however, seems to think that Muse's themes of fighting for freedom in the face of tyranny synchronize perfectly with his own battle to take down the American left. "Matthew, I realize that converts are pretty hard to come by when the stakes are so high and the spotlight so bright, but I thank you for singing words that resonate with man in his struggle to be free," he concludes. Somehow, it still doesn't seem likely that Bellamy and friends will be signing on to the Republican agenda anytime soon. [NME]