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Nerd. Asshole. MUES Productions.

Marc Mues is an Internet ranter and Smark who frequently rants about the music industry, celebrities, and other stuff. He also covers episodes of WWE Raw, titled "RAW Reactions". Mues also looks through old WWF Magazines in his "Cover to Cover" video series. In 2014 he started the "Goin' Off" music-related podcast with The Rap Critic.

He has his own website here. His YouTube channels can be viewed here and here. His alternate Blip TV account (due to more relaxed copyright policies) can be seen here.


He is also a former member of RVT.

This user provides examples of:

  • Accentuate the Negative. He does this to such an extreme degree that in one of his own videos, "Top 10 Best Pop Singles of 2010", he didn't say a single positive thing about the song he chose for #2.
    • Some choice excerpts from said video: "She sounds like a train wreck", "the song is pretty basic and stupid", and "can't tell jokes, she's boring, moody, and can't do anything right".
  • Accidental Innuendo: invoked Mues asks Diamanda Hagan in the "Raise Up" review to take her shirt off (for the signature move of the song), which naturally doesn't go over well.
  • Acting for Two: Sometimes the character "Marco", Mues in a Luchador mask, appears.
  • Alliterative Name: Marc Mues.
  • Appeal to Obscurity: In the Soulja Boy: The Movie crossover with Rap Critic: Soulja Boy boasts about the number of his fans on MySpace. Mues remarks that Tila Tequila had even more fans. Then:
    Rap Critic: Who?
    Mues: Exactly.
  • Author Tract: Mues hates them. He thinks they insult the intelligence of the audience and use dishonest, manipulative tactics, like the "Why Must We Eat the Animals" song, which tries to promote veganism by showing us cute little animals in the video.
  • The Cameo:
  • Blatant Lies: Calls out G. Craig Lewis for this several times.
  • Canine Companion: Mues' dog Noodles sometimes joins in.
  • Cargo Ship: invoked In his review of Take Care by Drake, he insults his car quite extensively before apologizing profusely to it as if it were his girlfriend.
  • Caustic Critic. In his early reviews every song would be reviewed as jaw droppingly awful and songs were never given even a cursory compliment. He's softened his approach recently, but is still one of the more caustic critics out there.
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  • Crossover: With The Rap Critic for "Raise Up" and Soulja Boy: The Movie.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Oh so much.
  • End of an Era: Mues' established style for a very long time was his mostly unscripted, on-the-fly rants that were more generalized around a specific artist and their recent music. Around mid-late 2010 he retired the 'SUCKS (and here's why)' format and moved onto more structured reviews of entire albums and although still snarky, he toned down the anger a bit. YMMV on whether this change was for the better.
    • Even more, so the eventual rebranding of his channel. He kept doing Mues Reviews up through the mid 2010s until the views dried up and it wasn't worth the effort. These days, he almost exclusively does Riffcoms (which is what he renamed his channel to) and his podcast with Rap Critic.
  • Epic Fail: On "Somebody That I Used To Know": "I can't hear [Gotye] over the acoustic guitar!"
  • Epic Rocking: Mues is not a fan, his patience is already exhausted with songs that last 5 minutes. The sole exception seems to be his praise for Metallica's eighties albums.
  • Follow the Leader. He's often accused of being a more negative clone of Todd in the Shadows due to having the same subject matter (pop songs) and similar presentations, even though Mues started a year and half before Todd did.
  • Hypocritical Humor: After Drake references his "Acura Days", Mues plays clips of several artists bashing their previous vehicles and criticizes them for doing so. He immediately insults his own vehicle, eviscerating it, it's made even more hypocritical as Drake didn't actually say anything negative about the car. Mues apologizes to the vehicle afterwards (see Cargo Ship).
    • Although not intentionnal , he bashes Emineminvoked and Royce Da 5'9's album Hell: The Sequel for them advertising themselves as Bad and Evil saying they really aren't.The humour comes when you realize that Mues advertises himself as a nerd and an asshole.
    • In the same review , he talks about Royce's talent yet bashes Eminem saying that fast rapping doesn't equal good rapping. Once again the humour comes when you realize that Royce raps faster then Eminem throughout the album.
  • Jerkass: According to his own title card, which reads "Nerd. Asshole. Mues Productions"
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Almost all of the old, 'classic' Mues rants are extremely hard to find and possibly lost to time altogether. He deleted quite a few of them himself due to his dissatisfaction with them in retrospect, but a good number of them were also forcibly removed, since the music was reviewing was copyrighted. Same deal for his other early series like Cover To Cover (where he'd read old wrestling magazines) and Living With Geddy Lee. A few survived on Blip... until that site went down for good, anyways.
  • Lesser of Two Evils: Invoked in the eponymous video series where two horrible musicians are compared to each other.
  • Long Runner: Raw Reactions is this for Web Original standards with over 100 episodes and counting.
  • Misattributed Song: In the Billboard Top 10 April 2012 review, he mistook Wiz Khalifa's verse on "Payphone" for B.o.B..
  • N-Word Privileges: Taking a stand against self-censorship, Mues, who is white, says the n-word when he quotes song lyrics containing it.
  • Old Shame: The original rant videos that put him on the map, very much so. He's mentioned multiple times how he was adamant on removing them because he hated who he was during that era.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: "A Working Day" by Ben Folds and Nick Hornby from their collaborative album Lonely Avenue
  • Rant Comedy: His hatred for bad music often leads to comedic screams.
  • Shout-Out: His review of "Mistletoe" by Justin Bieber in part resembles the news segments in Starship Troopers.
  • Silly Love Songs: He doesn't like them. At all. In his "Top 10 WORST Beatles Songs" video, most of them were firmly within this genre (and written by Trope Namer Paul McCartney, of course).
  • Smark
  • Take That!: He made videos directed against Moral Guardians who preach against the old and The New Rock & Roll. He is especially angered by the distortion of facts these people frequently employ.
    • He also delivered a rant against the constitutional amendment prohibiting same sex marriage in his home state of North Carolina.
  • The Stinger: Many of his episodes have a short segment after the credits where he films his dog, Noodles.
  • Top Ten List: Has been known for some of these, including Top Ten Beatles songs and Top Ten pop songs of 2010.
  • Video Review Show
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: invoked His Top 10 Inappropriate Kidz Bop Songs is about songs which for various reasons really shouldn't be covered by kids, like Britney Spears' "Toxic" which uses the love as drug metaphor.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: Mues points out in the "Why Must We Eat the Animals" review that many insects die in the process of farming vegetables, but that doesn't apparently bother the makers of the song as they show only cute animals in the video.


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