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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?







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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