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A podcast focusing on a musical artists' discography. A different artist every season. Currently on Season 2: Are You Amused?: a critical analysis of the history, cultural impact, and music of Muse. Join Adam, Steve, and Lucas, as they tackle an artists' entire discography. They're going album by album, track by track, to find out if context can change your experience of music, how people become obsessed with artists, and to ultimately answer the question 'what is music?' For each artist one ...
 
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The Big Mates discuss fizzy drinks, vaporwave, Bob Dylan, and Simulation Theory by Muse. Adam, Steve, and Lucas begin their discussion on the band's eighth and most recent studio album, exploring the context behind the album, how it was recorded, and beginning their track-by-track deep-dive, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbe…
 
The Big Mates are joined by music journalist and author, Mark Beaumont to discuss Kanye West, sex rampages, Reading Festival, and all things Muse. Adam, Steve, Lucas, and Mark chat about the band, taking in their whole career and looking at how they fit into the current musical landscape, and also discuss Mark's book, Out of This World: The Story o…
 
The Big Mates provide insightful commentary for the Drones World Tour Film by Muse. Adam, Steve, and Lucas discuss the show as released into cinemas (and sneakily uploaded to YouTube). Watch along here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gii3EX0OamQ You can now wear your fandom on your (literal) sleeve! What Is Music? now has a RedBubble shop with lot…
 
BONG. THIS IS AN EMERGENCY NEWS BROADCAST. The Big Mates discuss the newly released album by Manic Street Preachers, The Ultra Vivid Lament. They give their first impressions and pick some standout tracks. You can now wear your fandom on your (literal) sleeve! What Is Music? now has a RedBubble shop with lots of cool and stupid designs. You can get…
 
The Big Mates discuss conspiracy theories, Celine Dion, The Cramps, and Drones by Muse. Adam, Steve, and Lucas continue their discussion on the band's seventh studio album, exploring the context behind the album, how it was recorded, and concluding their track-by-track deep-dive, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! They …
 
The Big Mates discuss the sunburn, trifle, Roy "Chubby" Brown, and Drones by Muse. Adam, Steve, and Lucas begin their discussion on the band's seventh studio album, exploring the context behind the album, how it was recorded, and beginning their track-by-track deep-dive, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! What is this a…
 
The Big Mates provide insightful commentary for Live at Rome Olympic Stadium by Muse. Adam, Steve, and Lucas discuss the show as released into cinemas and on DVD and Blu-Ray. Dig out your copy, or watch along here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THYSQJfmie0 You can now wear your fandom on your (literal) sleeve! What Is Music? now has a RedBubble s…
 
The Big Mates discuss football, Men in Black, dabbing, and The 2nd Law by Muse. Adam, Steve, and Lucas continue their discussion on the band's sixth studio album, exploring the context behind the album, how it was recorded, and finishing up their track-by-track deep-dive, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! Can they figu…
 
The Big Mates discuss Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles, Greg Wallace, and The 2nd Law by Muse. Adam, Steve, and Lucas continue their discussion on the band's sixth studio album, exploring the context behind the album, how it was recorded, and digging into their track-by-track deep-dive, discussing the music, lyrics, themes,…
 
The Big Mates discuss the 2012 Olympics, the lineage of Jesus, the relentless passage of time, and The 2nd Law by Muse. Adam, Steve, and Lucas begin their discussion on the band's sixth studio album, exploring the context behind the album, how it was recorded, and beginning their track-by-track deep-dive, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and e…
 
The Big Mates are joined by News Editor of the NME, Andrew Trendell to discuss Eurovision, music magazines, gigs, and all things Muse. Adam, Steve, Lucas, and Andrew chat about the bandm taking in their whole career and looking at how they fit into the current musical landscape. They also find time to discuss Manics Street Preachers and Andrew brin…
 
The Big Mates discuss creativity, Thierry Henry, Legoland, and EVEN IN EXILE by James Dean Bradfield. Adam, Steve, and Lucas cover the 2020 solo album from the Manic Street Preachers front man and do a track-by-track deep-dive, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! But first they talk to Patrick Jones, poet, author, playwr…
 
The Big Mates provide insightful commentary for Muse Live at Wembley Stadium 2010. Adam, Steve, and Lucas discuss the show as put together by the people at MuseBootlegs.com Head to MuseBootlegs.com to download the bootleg and watch along! Or don't - the episode is designed to work without it! You can now wear your fandom on your (literal) sleeve! W…
 
The Big Mates provide insightful commentary for Muse Live at KeyArena, Seattle in 2010. Adam, Steve, and Lucas discuss the show as broadcast on MySpace and many, many other things. Watch along with this video (or don't - the choice is yours, and the episode works on its own!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1t06Zkf6Z_Q You can now wear your fandom…
 
The Big Mates discuss coasts, critical analysis, cross-pollination, and The Resistance by Muse. Adam, Steve, and Lucas conclude their discussion on the band's fifth studio album, rounding off their track-by-track deep-dive, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! They also find time to cover Neutron Star Collision (Love Is F…
 
BONG. YOU ARE RECEIVING AN EMERGENCY NEWS BROADCAST. The Big Mates discuss the newly released Origin of Symmetry (XX Anniversary RemiXX) by Muse. You can now wear your fandom on your (literal) sleeve! What Is Music? now has a RedBubble shop with lots of cool and stupid designs. You can get the designs on basically any product you like, from t-shirt…
 
The Big Mates discuss going to space, keytars, ABBA, and The Resistance by Muse. Adam, Steve, and Lucas continue talking about the band's fifth studio album, embarking upon a track-by-track deep-dive, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! Have opinons changed over the years? Which song will the guys get up to this time? Wh…
 
The Big Mates discuss gambling, ghosts, Guitar Hero, and The Resistance by Muse. Adam, Steve, and Lucas begin to talk about the band's fifth studio album and how it was recorded before doing a track-by-track deep-dive, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! How divisive was this album? How many bands are Chrifs and Dom in? …
 
The Big Mates slow it down and take a break to discuss Geoguesser, adventures, the Titanic, and the career of Muse from 1999 to 2007. There is also an EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT about the podcast. Adam, Steve, and Lucas talk about their feelings so far on the band at the halfway point of their career. They chat context, albums, art, lyrics, and much mor…
 
The Big Mates provide insightful commentary for HAARP. The film documents the Wembley Stadium shows by Muse in 2007. They are also joined by good friend and artist, Fry! Adam, Steve, Lucas and Fry discuss the film and many, many other things. Watch along with the HAARP set in this video (or don't - the choice is yours!): https://youtu.be/kaMFFHr6pT…
 
The Big Mates discuss Elvis Presley, aliens, cowboys, and Black Holes and Revelations by Muse. Adam, Steve, and Lucas conitnue to talk about the band's fourth studio album, doing a track-by-track deep-dive, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! How has the album aged? What is God? Has Steve eaten? Find out on this episode …
 
BONG. THIS IS AN EMERGENCY NEWS BROADCAST. The Big Mates discuss the newly released single by Manic Street Preachers, Orwellian. They also find time to chat about the newly announced album The Ultra Vivid Lament and tour dates! You can now wear your fandom on your (literal) sleeve! What Is Music? now has a RedBubble shop with lots of cool and stupi…
 
The Big Mates discuss tacos, TikTok, funerals, and Black Holes and Revelations by Muse. Adam, Steve, and Lucas begin to talk about the band's fourth studio album and how it was recorded before doing a track-by-track deep-dive, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! What were the guys up to when this album was released? What…
 
The Big Mates provide insightful commentary for the Absolution DVD. The DVD documents a the headline slot from Muse at Glastonbury Festival 2004. There is also a few extra clips from the Absolution tour! Adam, Steve, and Lucas discuss the film and many, many other things. Watch along to the Glastonbury 2004 set with this video (or don't - the choic…
 
The Big Mates discuss Trigger Happy TV, death, eggs, and Absolution by Muse. Adam, Steve, and Lucas continue their discussion about the band's third studio album, doing a track-by-track deep-dive, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! What will Adam and Steve ultimately think? How upset will Lucas be? Would you have a mosh…
 
The Big Mates discuss conspiracy theories, beach huts, Christopher Nolan, and Absolution by Muse. Adam, Steve, and Lucas begin to talk about the band's third studio album and how it was recorded before doing a track-by-track deep-dive, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! Can the band top Origin of Symmetry? What is Stock…
 
The Big Mates provide insightful commentary for the Hullabaloo DVD. The DVD documents a 2001 Muse show at Le Zenith, Paris. There is also a behind the scenes look at the tour! Adam, Steve, and Lucas discuss the film, Teslas, and many, many other things. Watch along with this video (or don't - the choice is yours!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d…
 
The Big Mates discuss Tom Waits, Mysterons, Super Audio CDs, and disc one of Hullabaloo by Muse. Adam, Steve, and Lucas talk about the b-side collection released as part of the slightly confusingly released Hullabaloo package. They go track-by-track, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! What is a 'Hullabaloon?' What is a …
 
The Big Mates are joined by Emily Hyatt to talk about Pokemon, fandom, obssession, devotion, music, gigs, and much more! Adam, Steve, and Lucas chat to Emily about Muse and the sometimes obssessive nature of fandom. They speak on what it's like to follow Muse around on tour, what it's like on the barrier, and what the band are like off stage. They …
 
The Big Mates discuss guitar pedals, medical emergencies, hallucinations, and Origin of Symmetry by Muse. Adam, Steve, and Lucas continue to talk about the band's second album , discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! They also find time to cover Futurism, the Dead Star/In Your World single, and two covers! What will album s…
 
The Big Mates discuss magic mushrooms, hair dye, orgies, and Origin of Symmetry by Muse. Adam, Steve, and Lucas begin to talk about the band's second album and how it was recorded before doing a track-by-track deep-dive, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! Do Muse conquer the "difficult second album syndrome?" What is sp…
 
The Big Mates discuss moths, their childhood bands, Alvin & the Chipmunks, and Showbiz by Muse. Adam, Steve, and Lucas talk about the band's debut album. They explore how Muse got signed, and the recording of Showbiz before doing a track-by-track deep-dive, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! What will The Big Mates thin…
 
The Big Mates discuss how they listen to music, bad band names, Matt Bellamy's life of crime, and a selection of the Newton Abbot Demos by Muse. Adam, Steve, and Lucas talk about the early days of one of the world's biggest rock bands, Muse. They find out how the band members met, how they formed a band, and what they sounded like when they first s…
 
The Big Mates reveal the artist they will cover for Season Two of What Is Music? Season Two starts February 1st. Subscribe now! You can now wear your fandom on your (literal) sleeve! Do You Love Us? now has a RedBubble shop with lots of cool and stupid designs. You can get the designs on basically any product you like, from t-shirts and mugs, to ba…
 
The Big Mates look to the future of the podcast and discuss how it will work. Join us again on January 18th for a further announcement! You can now wear your fandom on your (literal) sleeve! Do You Love Us? now has a RedBubble shop with lots of cool and stupid designs. You can get the designs on basically any product you like, from t-shirts and mug…
 
The Big Mates celebrate Christmas together! Adam, Steve, and Lucas listen to the Christmas offerings from the Manics, play an fun Manics quiz and exchange gifts. Have yourself a merry little big mates Christmas! If you're curious about where the podcast goes from here, check this podcast feed on January 4th 2021! You can now wear your fandom on you…
 
Season 1: Do You Love Us? (Manic Street Preachers) The Big Mates discuss how many albums are released in any given timeframe, Pixar, music, and offer their final thoughts on Manic Street Preachers. Adam, Steve, and Lucas look back on the last year of musical examination, place the Manics career into context, and discuss their feelings and opinions …
 
Season 1: Do You Love Us? (Manic Street Preachers) The Big Mates discuss skydiving, TikTok, time travel, and watch every music video by Manic Street Preachers. In their most epic (longest) journey yet, Adam, Steve, and Lucas watch all of the Manics videos in one sitting and offer comments, opinion, and general musings on them. It is long, rambly, a…
 
Season 1: Do You Love Us? (Manic Street Preachers) The Big Mates provide insightful commentary for the documentary No Manifesto. The film follows the band through their 2005 tour and recording sessions, also tracing the entire history of their career.. Adam, Steve, and Lucas discuss the film, their own teenage years, and many, many other things. Yo…
 
Season 1: Do You Love Us? (Manic Street Preachers) The Big Mates discuss A-level results, Transylvania, politics, and a selection of B-sides by Manic Street Preachers. Adam, Steve, and Lucas go weigh in on 20 b-sides. Some picked by listener votes, some picked by Adam, from across their entire career. How does they stack up against their album coun…
 
Season 1: Do You Love Us? (Manic Street Preachers) The Big Mates discuss Arcade Fire, godzilla, football, and Resistance Is Futile by Manic Street Preachers. Adam, Steve, and Lucas go track-by-track on the Manics' thirteenth and most recent studio album. They examine the artwork, themes, and recording circumstances, and then find time to compile th…
 
Season 1: Do You Love Us? (Manic Street Preachers) The Big Mates are joined by musician The Anchoress to discuss all things Manic Street Preachers. Adam, Steve, Lucas, and Catherine talk about her new album, trauma, and collaborating with The Manics, as well as much more. Catherine also shares her Top 10 Manics songs! The Anchoress - "Show Your Fac…
 
Season 1: Do You Love Us? (Manic Street Preachers) The Big Mates are joined by music producer Dave Eringa to discuss all things Manic Street Preachers. Adam, Steve, Lucas, and Dave talk about working with the band on 10 of their 13 albums (and more inbetween!), ghosts, and the defining moments of the Manics' career. They also find time to talk abou…
 
Season 1: Do You Love Us? (Manic Street Preachers) The Big Mates discuss HD webcams, geography, the 90s children's television show 'Knightmare,' and Futurology by Manic Street Preachers. Adam, Steve, and Lucas go track-by-track on the Manics' twelfth studio album. They examine the European influences on the record, attempt to identify instruments, …
 
Season 1: Do You Love Us? (Manic Street Preachers) The Big Mates are joined by Terri Hall to discuss all things Manic Street Preachers. Adam, Steve, Lucas, and Terri talk about the early days of the Manics, whether they make good house guests, and the defining moments of their career. They also find time to talk about the music industry at large, a…
 
Season 1: Do You Love Us? (Manic Street Preachers) The Big Mates discuss Jason Statham, how Adam makes playlists, cinemas, and Rewind the Film by Manic Street Preachers. Adam, Steve, and Lucas go track-by-track on the Manics' eleventh studio album. They examine the more sombre nature of the album, how it was recorded, and how rubbish the artwork is…
 
Season 1: Do You Love Us? (Manic Street Preachers) The Big Mates discuss EXCLUSIVELY ROCKY. Adam, Steve, and Lucas talk about what constitutes Rocky, what we mean when we talk about Rocky, and also Rocky. Is this Rocky? Is that Rocky? Are the Manics Rocky? Find out on this episode of Rocky Around the Clocky. You can now wear your fandom on your (li…
 
Season 1: Do You Love Us? (Manic Street Preachers) The Big Mates discuss the different kinds of music compilations, Steve's belt, album scores, and National Treasures by Manic Street Preachers. Adam, Steve, and Lucas talk about the 2011 singles collection and then (with much discussion) cement their individual album scores so far! Should those trac…
 
Season 1: Do You Love Us? (Manic Street Preachers) The Big Mates discuss Christmas songs, surprise milk frothing, their holidays, and Postcards from a Young Man by Manic Street Preachers. Adam, Steve, and Lucas go track-by-track on the Manics' tenth studio album. They talk about their reactions to the Manics' "one last shot at mass communication." …
 
Season 1: Do You Love Us? (Manic Street Preachers) The Big Mates are once again joined by music journalist, broadcaster, DJ, lecturer, and Manic biographer Simon Price to continue their discussion on Journal for Plague Lovers by Manic Street Preachers. Adam, Steve, Lucas, and Simon continue to go track-by-track on the Manics' ninth studio album. Th…
 
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