MK Ultra
by Muse

Album: The Resistance (2009)
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Songfacts®:

  • A fair proportion of Muse frontman Matt Bellamy's lyrics are informed by his fascination with passion surviving evil forces and this rock epic is named after the CIA's (alleged) mind control programme during the 1950s and 1960s.
  • Like several other tracks on The Resistance, shades of George Orwell's 1984 inform this song's lyrics. In this instance, like Winston Smith and Julia in the novel, a couple struggles to maintain their relationship against the pressure of the state.
  • Muse and MTV EXIT, in partnership with USAID, released a music video for this song, which highlighted the dangers and impact of human trafficking, human exploitation and trafficking especially in Asia and Pacific.

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