" is a single by the English rock band Muse
from their third studio album, Absolution
. The single, a live version of the album track, was recorded at the band's headline performance at Glastonbury
. Like Stockholm Syndrome
, Apocalypse Please was released as a download only single, except this time all the profits made went to charity. A live video of the band performing the song was made available.
"Apocalypse Please" is characterised by martial percussion and crashing piano chords, to create an intense and violent mood, encouraged by lyrics such the warning in the repeated chorus, "This is the end of the world". Apparently the song was originally a complex orchestral piece, until it was decided during pre-production to simplify it; its simplicity complements its energy and violence.
An instrumental version of the song appears in the trailers of the films Unleashed
(a.k.a. Danny the Dog
) and 30 Days of Night
It was used in Emmerdale when the character, named Zoe Tate, blew up Home Farm and left the village.