Showbiz was Muse’s debut album, having been recorded between 1998 and 1999. The songs themselves included some of the older songs in Muse’s repertoir, dating as far back as 1996. All songs on the album had been witten by 1997. These were among the “fifty or so” that Muse had written before entering the studio. The band picked those which they deemed least progressive to make up Showbiz.