The song wasn't originally the band's choice to open The 2nd Law
. Bassist Chris Wolstenholme explained to Kerrang!
: "We thought 'Survival
' might be a good opener but with the whole Olympics thing we thought it might be better using something that wasn't already familiar to people. 'The 2nd Law: Unsustainable
' was another contender, but in the end we decided 'Supremacy' would be the best choice. There are a lot of experiments on this album, and I think this is one of the few songs where as soon as you hear it you know it's us. It couldn't really be anyone else and I think that's why it works so well."