History Music / Queen

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* LyricalDissonance:
** "I Want to Break Free" is ''not'' a happy song but has a catchy, upbeat tone.
** There's also "Don't Try Suicide", which is about suicide[[note]]while it's nice that Queen are, in fact, not in favour of suicide, the text really sucks as an anti-suicide message, being flippant and dismissive rather than empathetic and supportive[[/note]] but sounds like a reject from ''Theatre/WestSideStory''.
** Hell, Queen have this all over the place. "Bring Back That Leroy Brown", "Misfire", "'39", "Somebody to Love", etc.

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* LyricalDissonance:
** "I Want to Break Free" is ''not''
LyricalDissonance: Quite a happy song but has a catchy, upbeat tone.
** There's also
few songs.
**
"Don't Try Suicide", which is about suicide[[note]]while it's nice that Queen are, in fact, not in favour of suicide, the text really sucks as an anti-suicide message, being flippant and dismissive rather than empathetic and supportive[[/note]] but sounds like a reject from ''Theatre/WestSideStory''.
** Hell, Queen "'39" is a happy, upbeat skiffle song, with lyrics about a space voyage for one year, but due to the time dilation effect, one hundred years have passed, and everyone the protagonist loves is now dead.
** "Tie Your Mother Down": frustrated lyrics advocating extreme measures to avoid family interference with a date, sung in big massed choruses to an incredibly upbeat guitar riff.
** Then there's "Who Needs You" which is about breaking up with someone who is a 'spoilt thing", with a catchy, upbeat tune.
** "Put Out The Fire", a cheery pop-rock tune... and the lyrics are told from the perspective of a man who used his gun against everyone he had a problem with, including his unfaithful lover and his neighbor she was having an affair with, and an allusion to the murder of John Lennon.
** "Under Pressure" is an incredibly upbeat and cheery song with lyrics such as "It's the terror of knowing what
this all over the place. "Bring Back That Leroy Brown", "Misfire", "'39", "Somebody to Love", etc.world is about/Watching some good friends scream 'let me out'".



** "Radio Ga Ga" can be interpreted as a New Wave song calling for classic rock to stay alive.
** "Dead On Time" is a driving, pulse-pounding, heavy piece...about how rushing around all the time isn't that great and you should take it easy.

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** "Radio Ga Ga" can be interpreted as a New Wave On the opposite end of the spectrum (Angry song calling for classic rock to stay alive.
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with light lyrics), "Dead On Time" is a driving, pulse-pounding, heavy piece...about how rushing around all the time isn't that great and you should take it easy.
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* 1974 - ''Seven Seas Of Rhye'' [[note]]Otherwise available on their 1974 album ''Queen II''[[/note]]
** ''See What A Fool I've Been'' as the B-side
* 1980 - ''Play The Game'' [[note]]Otherwise available on their 1980 album ''The Game''[[/note]]
** ''A Human Body'' as the B-side
* 1981 - ''Under Pressure'' [[note]]Otherwise available on their 1982 album ''Hot Space''. Also a collaboration with Music/DavidBowie[[/note]]
** ''Soul Brother'' as the B-side
* 1984 - ''Radio Ga Ga'' [[note]]Otherwise available on their 1984 album ''The Works''[[/note]]
** ''I Go Crazy'' as the B-side
* 1984 - ''Thank God It's Christmas''
** ''Man On The Prowl'' as the first B-side [[note]]Otherwise available on their album ''The Works''[[/note]]
*** ''Keep Passing The Open Windows'' as the second B-side [[note]]Otherwise available on ''The Works''[[/note]]
* 1985 - ''One Vision'' [[note]]Otherwise available on their 1986 album ''A Kind Of Magic''[[/note]]
** ''Blurred Vision'' as the B-side
* 1986 - ''A Kind Of Magic'' [[note]]Otherwise available on their album ''A Kind Of Magic''[[/note]]
** ''A Dozen Red Roses For My Darling'' as the first B-side
*** ''Gimme The Prize (Kurgan's Theme)'' as the second B-side [[note]]Otherwise available on ''A Kind Of Magic''[[/note]]
* 1986 - ''Who Wants To Live Forever'' [[note]]Available on their 1986 album ''A Kind Of Magic''[[/note]]
** ''Killer Queen'' as the first B-side [[note]]Otherwise available on their 1974 album ''Killer Queen''[[/note]]
*** ''Forever'' as the second B-side
* 1989 - ''Breakthru'' [[note]]Otherwise available on their album ''The Miracle''[[/note]]
** ''Stealin''' as the B-side
* 1989 - ''The Invisible Man'' [[note]]Otherwise available on ''The Miracle''[[/note]]
** ''Hijack My Heart'' as the B-side
* 1991 - ''I'm Going Slightly Mad'' [[note]]Otherwise available on their 1991 album ''Innuendo''[[/note]]
** ''Lost Opportunity'' as the first B-side
*** ''The Hitman'' as the second B-side [[note]]Otherwise available on their album ''Innuendo''[[/note]]
* 1997 - ''No-One But You (Only The Good Die Young)''
** ''Tie Your Mother Down'' as a double A-side [[note]]Otherwise available on their 1976 album ''A Day At The Races''[[/note]]
*** ''We Will Rock You'' and ''Gimme The Prize (Kurgan's Theme) as a double B-side [[note]]Remixes otherwise not available elsewhere[[/note]]

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* 1974 - ''Seven "Seven Seas Of Rhye'' Rhye" [[note]]Otherwise available on their 1974 album ''Queen II''[[/note]]
** ''See
II''[[/note]] with "See What A Fool I've Been'' Been" as the B-side
* 1980 - ''Play "Play The Game'' Game" [[note]]Otherwise available on their 1980 album ''The Game''[[/note]]
** ''A
Game''[[/note]] with "A Human Body'' Body" as the B-side
* 1981 - ''Under Pressure'' "Under Pressure" [[note]]Otherwise available on their 1982 album ''Hot Space''. Also a collaboration with Music/DavidBowie[[/note]]
** ''Soul Brother''
Music/DavidBowie[[/note]] with "Soul Brother" as the B-side
* 1984 - ''Radio "Radio Ga Ga'' Ga" [[note]]Otherwise available on their 1984 album ''The Works''[[/note]]
** ''I
Works''[[/note]] with "I Go Crazy'' Crazy" as the B-side
* 1984 - ''Thank "Thank God It's Christmas''
** ''Man
Christmas" with "Man On The Prowl'' Prowl" as the first B-side [[note]]Otherwise available on their album ''The Works''[[/note]]
*** ''Keep
Works''[[/note]] and "Keep Passing The Open Windows'' Windows" as the second B-side [[note]]Otherwise available on ''The Works''[[/note]]
* 1985 - ''One Vision'' "One Vision" [[note]]Otherwise available on their 1986 album ''A Kind Of Magic''[[/note]]
** ''Blurred Vision''
Magic''[[/note]] with "Blurred Vision" as the B-side
* 1986 - ''A "A Kind Of Magic'' Magic" [[note]]Otherwise available on their album ''A Kind Of Magic''[[/note]]
** ''A
Magic''[[/note]] with "A Dozen Red Roses For My Darling'' Darling" as the first B-side
*** ''Gimme
B-side and "Gimme The Prize (Kurgan's Theme)'' Theme)" as the second B-side [[note]]Otherwise available on ''A Kind Of Magic''[[/note]]
* 1986 - ''Who "Who Wants To Live Forever'' Forever" [[note]]Available on their 1986 album ''A Kind Of Magic''[[/note]]
** ''Killer Queen''
Magic''[[/note]] with "Killer Queen" as the first B-side [[note]]Otherwise available on their 1974 album ''Killer Queen''[[/note]]
*** ''Forever''
Queen''[[/note]] and "Forever" as the second B-side
* 1989 - ''Breakthru'' "Breakthru" [[note]]Otherwise available on their album ''The Miracle''[[/note]]
** ''Stealin'''
Miracle''[[/note]] with "Stealin'" as the B-side
* 1989 - ''The "The Invisible Man'' Man" [[note]]Otherwise available on ''The Miracle''[[/note]]
** ''Hijack
Miracle''[[/note]] with "Hijack My Heart'' Heart" as the B-side
* 1991 - ''I'm "I'm Going Slightly Mad'' Mad" [[note]]Otherwise available on their 1991 album ''Innuendo''[[/note]]
** ''Lost Opportunity''
''Innuendo''[[/note]] with "Lost Opportunity" as the first B-side
*** ''The Hitman''
B-side and "The Hitman" as the second B-side [[note]]Otherwise available on their album ''Innuendo''[[/note]]
* 1997 - ''No-One "No-One But You (Only The Good Die Young)''
** ''Tie
Young)" with "Tie Your Mother Down'' Down" as a double A-side [[note]]Otherwise available on their 1976 album ''A Day At The Races''[[/note]]
*** ''We
Races''[[/note]] and "We Will Rock You'' You" and ''Gimme "Gimme The Prize (Kurgan's Theme) Theme)" as a double B-side [[note]]Remixes otherwise not available elsewhere[[/note]]



* UsefulNotes/AmericanAccents: Freddie claims to have one during the 1986 Wembley concert, and asks the audience if they like it. It's pretty good.



* BadassBoast: In "Princes of The Universe", "Gimme The Prize", "We Are the Champions" (no time for losers), and "Seven Seas of Rhye". The lyrics also contain bits of AGodAmI. Given that the first two are from ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' this should not be surprising. "Khashoggi's Ship" also counts for the six of us who've heard it. Just partying with a famous arms dealer, gun-wielding giants be damned.

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* BadassBoast: BadassBoast:
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In "Princes of The Universe", "Gimme The Prize", "We Are the Champions" (no time for losers), and "Seven Seas of Rhye". The lyrics also contain bits of AGodAmI. Given that the first two are from ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' this should not be surprising. "Khashoggi's Ship" also counts for the six of us who've heard it. Just partying with a famous arms dealer, gun-wielding giants be damned.



--->''When Brian May presented the final demo to Mercury, he had doubts that Mercury would be physically capable of singing the song's highly demanding vocal line, due to the extent of his illness at the time. To May's surprise, when the time came to record the vocals, Mercury consumed a measure of vodka and said "I'll fucking do it, darling!", then proceeded to nail the vocal line in one take without problems.''

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--->''When --->When Brian May presented the final demo to Mercury, he had doubts that Mercury would be physically capable of singing the song's highly demanding vocal line, due to the extent of his illness at the time. To May's surprise, when the time came to record the vocals, Mercury consumed a measure of vodka and said "I'll fucking do it, darling!", then proceeded to nail the vocal line in one take without problems.''



*** Also, "Death On Two Legs"/"Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon"/"I'm In Love With My Car".

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*** ** Also, "Death On Two Legs"/"Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon"/"I'm In Love With My Car".



* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** ''The Miracle'' has the titular song along with "Breakthru", both of which mention "All God's People" and "Headlong" in their lyrics, respectively[[note]]These are the titles of songs from the album that directly followed ''The Miracle'', ''Innuendo''. In the case of "Headlong", the lyrics in context are "rushing headlong", a phrase it shares with the "Headlong" song[[/note]]. The degree to which these were intentional is hard to say.
* GadgeteerGenius: Brian May holds a [=PhD=] in Astrophysics. He designed and built his guitar, the Red Special, with his father in 1964. The guitar's neck is mostly a piece of wood salvaged from an old fireplace mantle-piece, and the tremolo bar is a motorcycle handbrake combined with a knitting needle.The guitar's body was made out of an old mahogany table that was going to be replaced anyway. John Deacon also tinkered with electronics in his youth and later graduated with a First in electrical engineering. He joined in part because the others were impressed by his skill with equipment. He designed and built a guitar amplifier that Brian deemed good enough to use while recording.
** In fact, Brian May is about as close as you can get to being [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]] in the flesh.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}:
**
{{Foreshadowing}}: ''The Miracle'' has the titular title song along with "Breakthru", both of which mention "All God's People" and "Headlong" in their lyrics, respectively[[note]]These are the titles of songs from the album that directly followed ''The Miracle'', ''Innuendo''. In the case of "Headlong", the lyrics in context are "rushing headlong", a phrase it shares with the "Headlong" song[[/note]]. The degree to which these were intentional is hard to say.
* GadgeteerGenius: Brian May holds a [=PhD=] in Astrophysics. He designed and built his guitar, the Red Special, with his father in 1964. The guitar's neck is mostly a piece of wood salvaged from an old fireplace mantle-piece, and the tremolo bar is a motorcycle handbrake combined with a knitting needle.The guitar's body was made out of an old mahogany table that was going to be replaced anyway. John Deacon also tinkered with electronics in his youth and later graduated with a First in electrical engineering. He joined in part because the others were impressed by his skill with equipment. He designed and built a guitar amplifier that Brian deemed good enough to use while recording.
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recording. In fact, Brian May is about as close as you can get to being [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]] in the flesh.



* GenreRoulette: A typical Queen album from TheSeventies might contain elements of heavy metal, hard rock, progressive rock, music-hall numbers, Dixieland jazz, folk, blues-rock, Beatlesque pop-rock, glam-rock and ballads. Later albums would include funk, dance music, synth-pop, punk-rock, rockabilly, reggae and/or new wave influences. Freddie suggested that this was why it took so long (close to fifteen years after Queen began) for Roger and himself to put out the first Queen solo albums; the band was four solo projects that came together to create the Queen sound.
** While all band-members shared an eclectic approach to song-writing and a tendency for experiments, generally speaking:
*** Mercury was responsible for many of their ballads ("Love Of My Life", "My Melancholy Blues"), pop songs and stylistic experiments ("Killer Queen", "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Somebody To Love" etc.).
*** If you're head-banging to an incredibly guitar-heavy HardRock tune it's probably been written by May ("Prophet's Song", "Tie Your Mother Down", "We Will Rock You"). May was responsible for his fair share of TearJerker ballads, too ("Save Me"; "All Dead, All Dead", "Who Wants To Live Forever") and acoustic folk-, '30's jazz- or skiffle-influenced songs ("'39"; "Good Company"; "Dreamers' Ball"), often featuring ukulele-banjo.
*** If the song is more old school rock-ish and its lyrics deal with things like rebellion, passion, living a life outside the rules etc., it was probably penned by Taylor ("Tenement Funster", "I'm In Love With My Car", "Sheer Heart Attack", "Fight From The Inside"). Somewhere in the early to mid '80s, Roger began composing pop songs with a heavier focus on synths ("Radio Ga Ga", "Breakthru").
*** The other band members have observed that Deacon was less influenced by bands like Music/LedZeppelin or Music/TheWho than the rest of them and had preferred {{Soul}} and American {{Funk}} music in his youth. As a result a lot of his songs have a kind of Motown pop style ("You're My Best Friend", "Misfire") or a funky, bass-driven sound ("Another One Bites The Dust", "I Want To Break Free"). He also wrote several ballads, including "Spread Your Wings", "You And I" and "Friends Will Be Friends" (the last one in collaboration with Freddie, with whom he also co-wrote "The Miracle").

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* GenreRoulette: A typical Queen album from TheSeventies might contain elements of heavy metal, hard rock, progressive rock, music-hall numbers, Dixieland jazz, folk, blues-rock, Beatlesque pop-rock, glam-rock and ballads. Later albums would include funk, dance music, synth-pop, punk-rock, rockabilly, reggae and/or new wave influences. Freddie suggested that this was why it took so long (close to fifteen years after Queen began) for Roger and himself to put out the first Queen solo albums; the band was four solo projects that came together to create the Queen sound.
**
sound. While all band-members shared an eclectic approach to song-writing and a tendency for experiments, generally speaking:
*** ** Mercury was responsible for many of their ballads ("Love Of My Life", "My Melancholy Blues"), pop songs and stylistic experiments ("Killer Queen", "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Somebody To Love" etc.).
*** ** If you're head-banging to an incredibly guitar-heavy HardRock tune it's probably been written by May ("Prophet's Song", "Tie Your Mother Down", "We Will Rock You"). May was responsible for his fair share of TearJerker ballads, too ("Save Me"; "All Dead, All Dead", "Who Wants To Live Forever") and acoustic folk-, '30's jazz- or skiffle-influenced songs ("'39"; "Good Company"; "Dreamers' Ball"), often featuring ukulele-banjo.
*** ** If the song is more old school rock-ish and its lyrics deal with things like rebellion, passion, living a life outside the rules etc., it was probably penned by Taylor ("Tenement Funster", "I'm In Love With My Car", "Sheer Heart Attack", "Fight From The Inside"). Somewhere in the early to mid '80s, Roger began composing pop songs with a heavier focus on synths ("Radio Ga Ga", "Breakthru").
*** ** The other band members have observed that Deacon was less influenced by bands like Music/LedZeppelin or Music/TheWho than the rest of them and had preferred {{Soul}} and American {{Funk}} music in his youth. As a result a lot of his songs have a kind of Motown pop style ("You're My Best Friend", "Misfire") or a funky, bass-driven sound ("Another One Bites The Dust", "I Want To Break Free"). He also wrote several ballads, including "Spread Your Wings", "You And I" and "Friends Will Be Friends" (the last one in collaboration with Freddie, with whom he also co-wrote "The Miracle").



** "These Are the Days of Our Lives" was written and released shortly before Freddie Mercury's death. At the end of the music video (filmed in black and white to de-emphasise his frailty) Freddie looks directly at the camera and whispers 'I still love you', his last ever words on camera.
*** The fans all knew he was saying goodbye, and we cried.

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** "These Are the Days of Our Lives" was written and released shortly before Freddie Mercury's death. At the end of the music video (filmed in black and white to de-emphasise his frailty) Freddie looks directly at the camera and whispers 'I still love you', his last ever words on camera.
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camera. The fans all knew he was saying goodbye, and we cried.



* GrandFinale: There's no denying that "The Show Must Go On" is this.
** "Was It All Worth It", from The Miracle, was written with this in mind.

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* GrandFinale: GrandFinale:
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There's no denying that "The Show Must Go On" is this.
** "Was It All Worth It", from The Miracle, ''The Miracle'', was written with this in mind.



* GreatestHitsAlbum: The two main ones--''Greatest Hits'' and ''Greatest Hits II''--were released in 1981 and 1991, respectively, and collected the hit singles of the preceding decade. A third album, ''Greatest Hits III'', is probably more aptly described as "Greatest Leftovers", consisting mainly of live Queen+ recordings and some remixes, although it does contain some good songs which were left out on I and II and needed to be included.

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* GreatestHitsAlbum: GreatestHitsAlbum:
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The two main ones--''Greatest Hits'' and ''Greatest Hits II''--were released in 1981 and 1991, respectively, and collected the hit singles of the preceding decade. A third album, ''Greatest Hits III'', is probably more aptly described as "Greatest Leftovers", consisting mainly of live Queen+ recordings and some remixes, although it does contain some good songs which were left out on I and II and needed to be included.



** "Innuendo" is in the style of Music/LedZeppelin, particularly paying homage to the eastern sty-lings of "Kashmir".
*** Roger Taylor described it as Zeppelin meets Oscar Wilde; a "very English" track.

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** "Innuendo" is in the style of Music/LedZeppelin, particularly paying homage to the eastern sty-lings of "Kashmir". \n*** Roger Taylor described it as Zeppelin meets Oscar Wilde; a "very English" track.



* IThoughtItMeant:
** Here's a big one. The "no synthesizers" disclaimers that appeared on Queen's albums [[CaptainObvious (until they started using synthesizers)]] weren't a sign of their hatred for synthesizers; the disclaimer was usually put at the end of the credits for each album. As one of Queen's former managers said, [[http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/1995_articles/oct95/queen.html "We would spend four days multi-layering a guitar solo and then some imbecile from the record company would come in and say,]] [[BerserkButton 'I like that synth!'"]]

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* IThoughtItMeant:
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IThoughtItMeant: Here's a big one. The "no synthesizers" disclaimers that appeared on Queen's albums [[CaptainObvious (until they started using synthesizers)]] weren't a sign of their hatred for synthesizers; the disclaimer was usually put at the end of the credits for each album. As one of Queen's former managers said, [[http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/1995_articles/oct95/queen.html "We would spend four days multi-layering a guitar solo and then some imbecile from the record company would come in and say,]] [[BerserkButton 'I like that synth!'"]]



** Freddie adored cats.

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** Freddie adored cats. "Delilah" is titled after his favourite cat.



** "Delilah" is titled after Freddie's favourite cat.



* PrecisionFStrike: "Don't Try Suicide" has "nobody gives a damn" in the chorus. See also {{Determinator}} above.

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* PrecisionFStrike: PrecisionFStrike:
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"Don't Try Suicide" has "nobody gives a damn" in the chorus. See also {{Determinator}} above.



* RealityIsUnrealistic: Double-subversion regarding their whole 'no synths' thing: When they were recording their first single, Brian added some guitar effects via multi-tracking, varispeed, pedals and an amplifier John built. Some people in the record company and the press thought they'd used a Moog synthesiser instead, and the whole 'no synths' claim was born. As it's entered cultural osmosis (especially amongst Queen fans), a lot of people have gone to the other extreme: they think ''every single effect'' on Queen records was made by Brian's guitar. Of course, sometimes that was the case (e.g., the 'shivers down my spine' bit on "Bohemian Rhapsody", done with harmonics and EQ), but sometimes the effect was something else (e.g., prepared piano on "Nevermore"), and sometimes it was indeed a synth (e.g., near the break of "Coming Soon"). "Another One Bites the Dust" takes it up to eleven, as it's got many sound effects throughout, some of which are indeed the Red Special (with pedals and EQ and stuff), some of which are synths (reversed) and some of which are neither (reversed piano, e-drums).

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* RealityIsUnrealistic: RealityIsUnrealistic:
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Double-subversion regarding their whole 'no synths' thing: When they were recording their first single, Brian added some guitar effects via multi-tracking, varispeed, pedals and an amplifier John built. Some people in the record company and the press thought they'd used a Moog synthesiser instead, and the whole 'no synths' claim was born. As it's entered cultural osmosis (especially amongst Queen fans), a lot of people have gone to the other extreme: they think ''every single effect'' on Queen records was made by Brian's guitar. Of course, sometimes that was the case (e.g., the 'shivers down my spine' bit on "Bohemian Rhapsody", done with harmonics and EQ), but sometimes the effect was something else (e.g., prepared piano on "Nevermore"), and sometimes it was indeed a synth (e.g., near the break of "Coming Soon"). "Another One Bites the Dust" takes it up to eleven, as it's got many sound effects throughout, some of which are indeed the Red Special (with pedals and EQ and stuff), some of which are synths (reversed) and some of which are neither (reversed piano, e-drums).



*** People not familiar with Queen tend to think they had a female backing vocalist on some songs such as "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Somebody to Love", when actually it was just them singing falsetto (usually Roger Taylor, sometimes Freddie Mercury and very occasionally Brian May). Doubly subverted on "Let Me Live", where they ''did'' hire female backing vocalists.

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*** ** People not familiar with Queen tend to think they had a female backing vocalist on some songs such as "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Somebody to Love", when actually it was just them singing falsetto (usually Roger Taylor, sometimes Freddie Mercury and very occasionally Brian May). Doubly subverted on "Let Me Live", where they ''did'' hire female backing vocalists.



* ShirtlessScene: Freddie had a few in concerts.

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* ShirtlessScene: ShirtlessScene:
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Freddie had a few in concerts. concerts.



** The "I Want To Break Free" video is a parody of ''Series/CoronationStreet'', with Brian and John's outfits in particular inspired by the "Pepperpots" of ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''. Freddy himself pays {{Homage}} to ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev - even shaving his iconic mustache to play him!
*** Then both ''Coronation Street'' and ''Series/EastEnders'' repaid the favor separately by their characters dressing as Queen and singing the song themselves.

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** The "I Want To Break Free" video is a parody of ''Series/CoronationStreet'', with Brian and John's outfits in particular inspired by the "Pepperpots" of ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''. Freddy Freddie himself pays {{Homage}} to ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev - even shaving his iconic mustache to play him!
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him! Then both ''Coronation Street'' and ''Series/EastEnders'' repaid the favor separately by their characters dressing as Queen and singing the song themselves.



** The opening lines of "It's A Hard Life" share a significant snippet of melody with ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0PMq4XGtZ4&t=1m58s Vesti la Giubba]]'' from Leoncavallo's ''Theatre/{{Pagliacci}}.''

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** The opening lines of "It's A Hard Life" share a significant snippet of melody with ''[[http://www.[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0PMq4XGtZ4&t=1m58s Vesti "Vesti la Giubba]]'' Giubba"]] from Leoncavallo's ''Theatre/{{Pagliacci}}.''



* StepUpToTheMicrophone[=/=]VocalTagTeam: While most people simply think of Freddie as the lead singer, most Queen albums have songs where Brian and Roger take the vocal lead as well. Only John, who hated his voice, never did.
* StopAndGo: "Ogre Battle" uses it rather subtly to add some weight to the "He gives a great big cry..." verse. The break is even longer in live performances of the song, with Freddie often stopping to ask the audience "[what they] think of the show so far", a reference to Creator/MorecambeAndWise.

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* StepUpToTheMicrophone[=/=]VocalTagTeam: StepUpToTheMicrophone: While most people simply think of Freddie as the lead singer, most Queen albums have songs where Brian and Roger take the vocal lead as well. Only John, who hated his voice, never did.
* StopAndGo: StopAndGo:
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"Ogre Battle" uses it rather subtly to add some weight to the "He gives a great big cry..." verse. The break is even longer in live performances of the song, with Freddie often stopping to ask the audience "[what they] think of the show so far", a reference to Creator/MorecambeAndWise.



--> ''And the night followed day\\

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--> ''And -->And the night followed day\\



Ne'er looked back, never feared, never cried''

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Ne'er looked back, never feared, never cried''cried



* WordSaladLyrics: Freddie once openly admitted that "Bohemian Rhapsody"'s lyrics have no real meaning to them. "Another One Bites The Dust" would be another example of a Queen song with (presumably) no real lyrical meaning. Originally, John Deacon wanted to write a song about cowboys, but he ended up rewriting the words enough that they didn't really mean anything in the end.
** "Killer Queen": "Dynamite with a laser beam". It doesn't even make any sense ''in'' context!
** Maybe not, but it ''is'' [[WaxingLyrical guaranteed to blow your mind]].

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* WordSaladLyrics: WordSaladLyrics:
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Freddie once openly admitted that "Bohemian Rhapsody"'s lyrics have no real meaning to them. them.
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"Another One Bites The Dust" would be another example of a Queen song with (presumably) no real lyrical meaning.Dust". Originally, John Deacon wanted to write a song about cowboys, but he ended up rewriting the words enough that they didn't really mean anything in the end.
** "Killer Queen": "Dynamite with a laser beam". It doesn't even make any sense ''in'' context!
** Maybe not, but
context! But it ''is'' [[WaxingLyrical guaranteed to blow your mind]].
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** 4: "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Another One Bites The Dust", "Don't Stop Me Now"

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** 4: "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Another One Bites The Dust", "Don't Stop Me Now""Hammer To Fall"



** 6: "Dead On Time", "The Hitman", "White Man"
** 7: "Son And Daughter", "Gimmie The Prize", "Stone Cold Crazy"

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** 6: "Dead On Time", "The Hitman", "White Man"
"Gimmie The Prize"
** 7: "Son And Daughter", "Gimmie The Prize", "Modern Times Rock N Roll", "Stone Cold Crazy"
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**"Was It All Worth It", from The Miracle, was written with this in mind.
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** "Let Me Entertain You" has a dandy; "I'll Cruella De Vil you..."
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*** Roger Taylor described it as Zeppelin meets Oscar Wilde; a "very English" track.
22nd May '16 8:43:34 PM thatother1dude
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* 1980 - ''Music/TheGame''

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* 1980 - ''Music/TheGame''''The Game''
13th May '16 12:00:23 AM Az_Tech341
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** He was also a huge fan of Music/ArethaFranklin, and once said that he wanted to a duet with her, in which she'd basically sing it all and he'd come in at the end and say "Ah!"

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** He was also a huge fan of Music/ArethaFranklin, and once said that he wanted to do a duet with her, in which she'd basically sing it all and he'd come in at the end and say "Ah!"
9th May '16 1:50:08 PM Fangusu
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* BritishTeeth: ''Zanzibar'' Teeth, maybe, on Freddie Mercury. He was self-conscious about his overbite and wanted to fix it but it would meant having his jaw wired shut and he couldn't set aside the time. His mustache was actually an attempt to disguise his prominent front teeth.
17th Apr '16 4:26:01 AM Nick7689
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* [[ShesGotLegs He's Got Legs]]: As the "I Want To Break Free" video showed, Roger Taylor could sure rock a miniskirt...

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* [[ShesGotLegs He's Got Legs]]: HesGotLegs: As the "I Want To Break Free" video showed, Roger Taylor could sure rock a miniskirt...
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