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But that doesn't mean they're willing to accept all comers. Take, for example, frequently weepy, left-wing-conspiracy-touting Fox News talking head Glenn Beck. It seems the man who earlier this year referred to President Obama as a "racist" is a huge Muse fan. Beck tweeted his love a few weeks ago, when he gushed, "New Muse CD. Amazing. These guys are right on the money. Lyrics on target, talent off the charts. They 'get it.' Libertarian!"
According to Media Matters, Beck went even further in expressing his fanboy appreciation for the group on his daily radio show, "The Glenn Beck Program," on September 16, calling the CD "fantastic" and "brilliant," and said "they know the time we live in." After emphatically proclaiming that the group is made up of "libertarians from England," a co-worker asked Beck if that was true, to which the host replied, "I'm pretty sure it is, according to my 20-year-old daughter ... yeah, no, they are."
Beck said his sound guy Darryl, who used to run sound for the unabashedly lefty Muse, has compared Beck's rants to the political leanings of the band. "I said, 'You gotta be kidding me; I love those guys!' " Beck responded, going on to compare the Resistance song "United States of Eurasia" to George Orwell's famous dystopian novel "1984." In a recent interview, the band did say "1984" was a big influence on the album, though Beck credited them with being "very into one world government of here it comes guys, better wake up."
Before playing some of "Eurasia," which he called "a little fascistic"-sounding, Beck said, "all of the lyrics are just dead-on on what's coming our way," further praising the lyrics, music and production as "brilliant" and prescient about the impending one world government he is fond of warning about.
Normally, an English act that's been trying to crack the American nut for more than a decade would gratefully accept that kind of praise from a popular talking head. But Muse were apparently not amused by Beck's plugs. Later on in that same show, Beck announced, "Uh, just got an e-mail from the representation of Muse. They would like me to retract my endorsement. [Laughter ensues.] My apologies to Muse for saying that I like them. I didn't mean to destroy all their credibility and all their coolness."
Beck actually began hyping the band a month earlier, when he showcased the lyrics to the first single, "Uprising," on his show in August, but does not appear to have discussed them at length since getting the clamp-down order.
A spokesperson for Muse could not be reached for comment at press time.