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:
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?
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.