On the album Fireball by Deep Purple, there's a song called "The Mule", which opens with the following lines:

No one sees the things you do
Because I stand in front of you
But you drive me all the time
You put the evil in my mind

In Asimov's Foundation series, there's a character called The Mule, who manipulates others using his psychic powers, remaining out of sight himself.

Is the song based on this character, or are the similarities just coincidence?

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From the official Ian Gillan website

Hello Tamas,


Yes, The Mule was inspired by Asimov. It's been a while but I'm sure you've made the right connection...Asimov was required reading in the 60's.

  • 6
    I think The Foundation Trilogy is required reading NOW. Simply tremendous.
    – Tony Ennis
    Feb 10, 2015 at 1:20
  • @TonyEnnis There are other trilogies worth while reading like the Sprawl trilogy by William Gibson, too.
    – ott--
    Jul 24, 2016 at 16:27

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