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Queen started in the 70s but they were huge in the 80s and their terrible tragedy in the early 90s still haunts many of us, certainly me.

As I noted in another thread, I came to the Highlander film first and foremost as a Queen fan. I also came to the Flash Gordon film for the same reason.

Here's the Wikipedia article on this colossus of a band:
Queen

I've heard it said that in Great Britain, three bands are mentioned in the same breath: the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Queen. That's how big they were over there. Only the Rolling Stones continue. Perhaps Keith Richards has some sort of occult life force talisman that keeps him and those around him alive and kicking. (Kidding.) Sadly, Beatles fans lost John far too early, and Queen fans were witness to the grim but grandly defiant decline and demise of Freddy Mercury at the peak of his career and the prime of his life. It was said that as Freddy's body wasted away, his voice became even stronger and purer than it had been before. His performances on The Show Must Go On rank high on the list of greatest acts of heroic scorn toward illness and death. The French existentialist philosopher Albert Camus would have celebrated that album and the videos made from its songs. In the face of the Absurd: Scorn!

What are your memories and thoughts of this archetypal musical powerhouse?











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Many and varied. Mostly good but, obviously, sad towards the end.

The video of Bohemian Rhapsody dominating Top of the Pops - our one mainstream music show in the 70's and 80's - seemingly for years (but actually only nine weeks) at number one. Their stellar performance at Live Aid. Great stage sets, crazy stage costumes, sometimes brilliant, but always entertaining videos. Brian and Freddie being visibly moved as thousands of South American fans with little or no English sang Love of My Life back to them in perfect phonetic unison. The gig Roger played with bright green hair after screwing up the dyeing process. The eye-popping, unforgettable Bicycle Race video. Hyde Park, Knebworth, Wembly. A Night at the Opera, A Day at the Races, The Game. Sitting in my local pub during a bitterly cold winter with someone playing Radio Ga Ga endlessly on the jukebox. And that last, crushing sight of Freddie in the 'These Are the Days of Our Lives' video.

So many great memories.

I wouldn't say they (Or the Stones) are held in the same esteem as the Beatles. They always had a large and loyal following, but there were times it seemed they couldn't get arrested in Britain. The music press in particular seemed to hate them. It's hard work trying to find good reviews of their albums or singles in Melody Maker or New Musical Express (our analogues to Billboard), and despite releasing over 40 singles in the UK, only three reached number one in the charts (Although there were some near misses), and one of those was a collaboration with David Bowie.

Still, they confounded the critics by going on to becoming one of the UK's, and the world's best selling artists. Queen's Greatest Hits is still the best selling album of all time in Britain, even outdoing the legendary Sgt.Pepper.

And their legions of fans are still here. And we'll always have our memories.

And we'll always have the music.


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I have a pretty discernable point for nostalgia and it's right around 1981. Anything before 1981 I look at with a very nostalgic eye: Marvel Comics of the 70's, Topps baseball cards, The Six Million Dollar Man and TV from the 70's, Captain Caveman, Blue Falcon and the Laff-A-Lympics, etc. This isn't to say that I don't like the 80's. Roger Stern's Spider-Man and John Byrne's Fantastic Four are two of my favorite runs of my two favorite comics, among other great 80's comics, I have far more 80's baseball cards than all other decades, I consider Cheers one of the best shows ever and U2 is my favorite band. But when it comes to nostalgia, it's the 70's that hits me the hardest, including with regard to Queen.

My older brothers had Night At The Opera, Day At The Races, News Of The World and Queen Live Killers, and these albums highly influenced my love of the band. I remember staying home sick from school and playing them on my brother's stereo.
However, there was never a Queen album from the 80's in our house. The post-disco/new wave era seemed to have an effect on the hard rockers of the 70's that made them less appealing, at least to me. I know I didn't think much of Flash Gordon or Hot Space at the time, but I never had the albums so I never got past the radio songs. Queen, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, The Who, and Foreigner all took a dive for me and the new cool was The Cars, U2, Elvis Costello, and Squeeze. Looking back, I see there was a lot to like about Queen in the 80's and even more that I need to look into.


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I guess I don't have the storied history that most of you have with the band. I think my first exposure was when the lads from Wayne's World head-banged to Bohemian Rhapsody. Is this the only case of a 70s song charting again in the 90s?

Later I saw Highlander and enjoyed the soundtrack. I tracked down the Queen album "A Kind of Magic" which was the unofficial soundtrack and enjoyed it a lot. Then I found Queen's Greatest Hits (on cassette) amd wore those out.

It must have been later still that I remebered their involvement in Flash Gordon and listened to that again. Side note: the wedding march that Queen played for this movie was the one that I used at my wedding years later!

One of my favorite moments is when Freddy Mercury is scatting and the audience is repeating him at Wembley Stadium. I've only seen it on YouTube. Really a musician in command of his instrument (his voice).

When I heard Don't Stop Me Now in Shaun of the Dead I realized there were still more Queen songs out there that I haven't discovered yet.



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    I guess I don't have the storied history that most of you have with the band. I think my first exposure was when the lads from Wayne's World head-banged to Bohemian Rhapsody. Is this the only case of a 70s song charting again in the 90s?



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    Later I saw Highlander and enjoyed the soundtrack. I tracked down the Queen album "A Kind of Magic" which was the unofficial soundtrack and enjoyed it a lot. Then I found Queen's Greatest Hits (on cassette) amd wore those out.



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    It must have been later still that I remebered their involvement in Flash Gordon and listened to that again. Side note: the wedding march that Queen played for this movie was the one that I used at my wedding years later!


Sure sounds like a storied history to me! What's next - Roger Taylor crashed your bachelor party?


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    One of my favorite moments is when Freddy Mercury is scatting and the audience is repeating him at Wembley Stadium. I've only seen it on YouTube. Really a musician in command of his instrument (his voice).



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    When I heard Don't Stop Me Now in Shaun of the Dead I realized there were still more Queen songs out there that I haven't discovered yet.








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Even growing up in the 70s, and liking Queen, I seem to have no memories associated with them until 1980. Before approximately "Another One Bites The Dust," their songs just seem to be sort of background music of my early life. I just remember "Another One Bites The Dust" getting a lot of play at the roller skating rink. Still, no personal memories.

And then the Flash movie! I played that record a dozen times a week back in the day.

Thanks to teh IntarWebs, I see Queen was having a concert in New Orleans Halloween night 1978. I was 13, and a concert goer, but that's the night I went to a Halloween party at a friends to watch The Omen on his new awesome BetaMax! Nothing to do with Queen, but there's a memory!


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