Monday, 12 April 2010

Glenn Beck Rips Off Muse (I Know, Right?)

I've made no secret of the fact that I listen to Glenn Beck (so you don't have to!). Over the time that I've listened to Glenn's show, he has rotated through three theme songs: first Glenn opened the show with a pop-punk number that was pretty nondescript. He then dabbled with a lengthier opening theme with a "NEVER AGAIN!" theme that sounded sinister (this coincided with Glenn's continuing slide into scenic clowntown Crazyville). His current theme: a schmaltzy little number called "We Will Be The Key." Apparently this ditty is sung by a man named Stephen Lyons, but with a heavy assist from Beck (says Beck*: "I am instrumental in the writing of the theme song of the radio show ... and the music behind the documentaries on the Internet"). From the very first time I heard the new theme, I noticed it's similarity to Muse and I'm not the only one. I mean, for god's sake:

This doesn't exactly come out of left field: Beck is (or at least was) a fan of Muse. He went so far as to endorse their album on his show and rave about how great they are, with hilarious results:

When a band asks you to un-endorse their album, well...let's just say that must have bruised old Glenn's feelings a little bit. So, perhaps in retaliation, or perhaps because he's just a natural style biter, Glenn modeled his new theme song after Muse's sound. Nice one, Glenn!

* - That entire article is worth reading, by the way. It's an astonishing behind-the-scenes peek into Beck's financial dealings, and how he parlayed his position as America's favorite nutbag into a cool $32 million last year. Intriguing quote from the article:

Glenn Beck Inc., formally known as Mercury Radio Arts (after Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre on the Air), pulled in $32 million in revenue during the 12 months ended Mar. 1...With a deadpan, Beck insists that he is not political: "I could give a flying crap about the political process." Making money, on the other hand, is to be taken very seriously, and controversy is its own coinage. "We're an entertainment company," Beck says. He has managed to monetize virtually everything that comes out of his mouth. He gets $13 million a year from print (books plus the ten-issue-a-year magazine Fusion). Radio brings in $10 million. Digital (including a newsletter, the ad-supported and merchandise) pulls in $4 million. Speaking and events are good for $3 million and television for $2 million.

Good on ya, Beck.

1 comment:

  1. Excuse me, but I follow this as a Muse fan, AND as a Glenn Beck fan. I like Muse more than said beck, but what the hell. He said that Muse sent him NO SUCH MESSAGE. IT was a joke in poor taste. Muse has no problem with it.