Adam Boult 

New music extra: Muse – Survival

The pomp rockers' official Olympics song is a work of overblown madness. What's that? Just like the Games?
  
  

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Muse have unveiled their song for the Olympics. Ahead of its debut play on Radio 1 on Wednesday night, the band released a statement on their website saying:

Matt wrote the song with the Olympics in mind. It's about total conviction and pure determination to win … The song will be played throughout the Games including when athletes enter the stadium, in the lead up to the medal ceremony and also as the theme for all international TV coverage.

In other words, we can expect to be thoroughly sick of hearing it by the time the Games draw to a close. However, to fresh ears, it's a hilarious five-minute onslaught of camp, falling somewhere between Queen, Gloria Gaynor and a Monty Python sketch. Swelling strings, battle drums, ludicrous falsetto shrieking and chugga-chugga guitar channelling the Little Engine That Could. It's as insanely overblown as the Olympics themselves.