Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Top 5 Style Lessons I Learned at a Muse Concert

Last Friday I drove up to Seattle to see Muse in concert. And holy god, what a concert it was. I would call it a life-changer. My friend Kyle would call it a "MUSEGASM!!!" Point is, it was good. Really good. Like, I tried to listen to Muse at home the day after the concert and all I could do was fall to the floor and weep. That good.

Since this is a fashion blog, after all, let's discuss the top 5 style lessons and insights I took away from the experience:

1. Bedazzled blazers are hot.

The lead singer, Matthew Bellamy, sang the first few songs wearing a black blazer with silver studs across the shoulders. And he looked hot. And I mean, yeah, with that voice, Matthew Bellamy could have worn one of Marilla's house dresses from Anne of Green Gables and I still would have wanted to hump his leg, but let me tell you: this blazer was quintessentially rock and roll. A perfect choice.

Hey Matthew, I like your house dress. Wanna date me?

2. Ed Hardy trucker hats are not.

The guy sitting next to us was wearing an Ed Hardy trucker hat and a pinstriped vest, and as much as I didn't want to judge a book by its cover, he ended up being exactly the kind of douchebag one would expect to be wearing an Ed Hardy trucker hat and a pinstriped vest.

After every single song, Mr. Douche would scream "Plaaaaaaaaayyyy iiiiiiiiittt!" directly into my boyfriend's ear. We found out at the end of the concert that he was referring to the song "Knights of Cydonia," because when Muse finally did plaaaaaaaayyy iiiiiiiiitttt, Mr. Douche sighed dramatically and said "About time." While I completely agreed with his sentiments (Knights of Cydonia is, like, the best song in history), I wanted to take him aside and give him a little workshop on communication skills. It would go like this:

Me: You're very demanding that Muse "Plaaaaaaaaayyyy iiiiiiiiittt!"

Doucher: Well, they should. I want to hear it!

Me: But how are they supposed to know what "it" is?

Doucher: Isn't it obvious?

Me: Not really, no. Especially when you're yelling it from the 200 section of a large stadium.

Doucher: Well what am I supposed to say?

Me: Yelling, "Knights of Cydooooooonnniiiiiaaaaaa!" is really satisfying. I do it all the time. And it's much more specific. Why don't you try that instead?

Doucher: Well, OK. Fine.

Me: And also please stop wearing that hat. You look like a douchebag.

3. I need more lasers in my life.

Throughout the show, giant, swirling, green laser beams would erupt from the stage and rotate around the arena, making the audience feel as if we were trapped inside a giant kaleidoscope with an awesome soundtrack. The day after the concert I turned off the lights at my house and put some Muse on my stereo and cried, but it just wasn't the same. What was missing? LASERS. I need to get a laser pointer necklace and a laser-themed t-shirt and a laser photo backdrop in my garage, stat!

4. Wearing this shirt would be like wearing the stage:

The set design for the show was a dark cityscape, with three big buildings rising up out of the stage. This shirt is from Topshop, which is British, like Muse. I need this shirt.

5. WWBV is the new WWJD.

One of Muse's best known songs is called "Uprising," and part of the chorus is "We will be victorious!" What a great personal motto, right? Me and my friend Kyle, copyright-holder of the term "Musegasm" (k) and proud owner of a Muse tattoo, recently decided to shorten it to WWBV and use it in place of that old favorite, WWJD, or "What Would Jesus Do?"

I find it very empowering and now I really want to a WWBV bracelet.

Plus, Jesus would totally listen to Muse.


Kayla said...

I saw Muse when they toured throught Boston- I completely agree, it was an amazing concert!

Katy Mary said...

Great observations, I saw Muse in Boston too, the concert was AMAZING for sure but the obnoxious amount of creepy teenage hipsters and Twilight obsessed girls was not so awesome. I saw some heinous fashion choices while there.

Melanie said...

I saw the concert in NYC and it was aweeeesome. We they when everyone pounded their fists in the air I felt like I was in an victorious cult where everyone was memorized! Muse has that effect on people...

Anonymous said...

I assume laser POINTERS would be considered inadequate?

Alexandrie said...

Thanks for this great post! I might have to make a WWBV bracelet, it's a wonderful motto. Also, it will match my Uprising t-shirt. (The one with the upward-pointing arrow - genious. Had to have it)

Alexandrie said...

Thanks for this great post! I might have to make a WWBV bracelet, it's a wonderful motto. Also, it will match my Uprising t-shirt. (The one with the upward-pointing arrow - genious. Had to have it)

Lisa said...

I don't know Muse or their music, but I think you've just sold me. I need to look them up, stat. :D

Anonymous said...

I LOVE Anne of Green Gables! Go Marilla ;)

daddylikeyblog said...

Kayla and Katy--
Wasn't it amazing?? Although, yes, the twilight fans sitting in front of us who seemed bored until they played "supermassive black hole" were really upsetting.

No, a laser pointer would be totally adequate. :)

Omg if you make a WWBV bracelet could you please make one for me too? Ill give you a dollar and some candy.

liz said...

OMG I was saw them in Portland! I have some pics here:
I agree Matt's outfit was amazing, and the lasers, and the giant eyeballs!

SewSweetStitches said...

Ohh I've been waiting for bedazzled garments to be in style ever since the Bedazzler was born. Because, even then, I don't think it was ever considered cool. Know what I would really love? A rhinestone jacket fad, a la Patsy Cline... *sigh*
Great post btw, made me giggle a lot. Especially at stupid vest guy. There's one at every concert. And they're always seated directly in front of me, so that every time I look back on the great time I had at said concert, all I can recall was the dummy in the row ahead of us. Gah!

Vanessa said...

Glad you had fun!

xo, Alexi said...

hahahahaha! so true to ALL of these! i really enjoyed reading this post

Sara Katherine Staheli Hanks said...

MUSE! Oh boy, I'm a recent convert. My husband has been totally obsessed for months, and we decided spur of the moment to go the concert in Salt Lake City on Monday night. Sooooo good.

And I support any WWBV movement that starts here. Spangly, studded jackets - encouraged. Ed Hardy gear - expressly forbidden.

FutureLint said...

Endlessly entertaining as always, but I think my brain imploded when you name-dropped MARILLA!

J. Qi said...

OMG I saw them in Nashville, and it was AMAZING.

I completely share your sentiments.

Erin said...

Oh man, I went to see a Muse concert two years ago... I still count it in at least my top five for epic concerts. They sure know how to put on a show.
I also totally agree with Ed Hardy = douchebag. It's true every. single. time.

nico said...

MUSE! matt bellamy is the one guy everyone in my group (gay/straight/girls/guys) would sleep with. possibly at the same time. we are all so in love with him and i am beyond jealous you got to see them!

Elise said...

This post makes me even more sad that I missed Muse when they opened for U2 at the Meadowlands.

U2 btw was utterly fantastic and Bono will save the world. But I'm sure Muse will help him out.

CRibbits said...

"MUSEGASM!!!" Is right. I saw them here in Houston and was hands down one of the best concerts EVER.

Tarryn said...

Will you please stop referring to your desire to hump my future husband's leg on the internet?

You can't. Its my leg.

alexandrie said...

daddylikeyblog -- Sure! but I'm not a pro or anything and I'm also not sure how much would it cost to send it to you (I'm from the Czech Republic)... Still, I would probably do anything for a bag of candy corn :)

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