Unnatural Selection
by Muse

Album: The Resistance (2009)


  • This song had the working title of "Billions of Digits Carved into Crystal," a phrase borrowed from evolutionist theorist Richard Dawkins. Frontman Matt Bellamy told Q magazine September 2009 that it asserts the idea that our DNA make us more like computers than we realise.
  • This track opens with a church organ before transforming into a driving, full-throttle battery of driving guitars. Bellamy told The Sun September 16, 2009: "We just wanted to have at least one song that really is just a riff orientated track. The whole middle section is quite Seventies rock, almost Led Zeppelin-like. That one was a lot of fun."
  • Bellamy wrote this after the demonstrations against the Spring 2009 G-20 summit meeting in London during which an innocent bystander died after being pushed by a policeman. The lyrics such as, "I am hungry for an unrest/Let's push this beyond a peaceful protest," highlight the Muse singer's politics, which according to Rolling Stone, can be described as "aggressive scepticism."

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