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2012-11-02 05:47:47 PM  

Pixiest: Arguing about what's the best Queen song is a bit like arguing about what's the best Pizza topping. Doesn't matter what you put on it, it's still PIZZA.


Yes, this. My playlist is six hours long. I can get through a state or two, as long as it's not Texas.

/that takes Queen and Weird Al
 
2012-11-02 05:53:12 PM  
I'm going home right now and am going to crank up Queen till the neighbours call the cops. And maybe get a little drunk too. Oh and Long Way is my fav, since everyone else is posting there.
 
2012-11-02 06:02:50 PM  
Sheer Heart Attack
 
2012-11-02 06:15:27 PM  
No love for "The Prophet's Song" or "White Man" from the follow-up record?

Awesome Native American vibes from Mr. May.
 
2012-11-02 06:30:51 PM  
anyone else rank Melancholy Blues at #1 ?

anyone?

crickets
 
2012-11-02 06:31:55 PM  

Psycoholic_Slag: TeddyRooseveltsMustache: Queen has tons of great songs. They're one of the best bands ever. All of the members musical geniuses in their own right. That's rare these days.

Brian May is a god damned astrophysicist!

An ASTROPHYSICIST!


Thats Dr Brain May to you.


The best album would have to be the Works. Radio Ga Ga, Tear it Up, Its a Hard Life, I want to Break Free, Hammer to Fall and Is This the World We Created.

As for best song it would be hard to list the best twenty.
 
2012-11-02 06:38:18 PM  
Friend of mine used to DJ school dances and whatnot back in the 90s. He loved to start 'Under Pressure' and watch all the kiddies rush the dance floor only to find out it wasn't 'Ice Ice Baby'

/It's the little things
//Favorite is probably 'Gimme the Prize'
 
2012-11-02 06:43:08 PM  

Psycoholic_Slag: TeddyRooseveltsMustache: Queen has tons of great songs. They're one of the best bands ever. All of the members musical geniuses in their own right. That's rare these days.

Brian May is a god damned astrophysicist!

An ASTROPHYSICIST!


That's Doctor Brian May to you, biatch!
 
2012-11-02 06:55:10 PM  
CASEY KASEM'S AMERICAN TOP 40 - 4/24/76

#40 "MORE, MORE, MORE (PART 1)" - Andrea True Connection
#39 "CAN'T HIDE LOVE" - Earth, Wind & Fire
#38 "YOUNG BLOOD" - Bad Company
#37 "HAPPY DAYS" - Pratt & McClain
#36 "SHOUT IT OUT LOUD" - Kiss
#35 "COME ON OVER" - Olivia Newton-John
#34 "HAPPY MUSIC" - The Blackbirds
#33 "UNION MAN" - Cate Brothers
#32 "DON'T PULL YOUR LOVE/THEN YOU CAN TELL ME GOODBYE" - Glen Campbell
#31 "GOLDEN YEARS" - David Bowie
#30 "FOPP" - The Ohio Players
#29 "LOVE HANGOVER" - Diana Ross
#28 "GET UP AND BOOGIE" - The Silver Convention
#27 "LORELEI" - Styx
#26 "RHIANNON (WILL YOU EVER WIN)" - Fleetwood Mac
#25 "MISTY BLUE" - Dorothy Moore
#24 "SILLY LOVE SONGS" - Wings
#23 "SARA SMILE" - Daryl Hall & John Oates
#22 "STRANGE MAGIC" - The Electric Light Orchestra
#21 "MONEY HONEY" - The Bay City Rollers
#20 "LIVIN' FOR THE WEEKEND" - The O'Jays
#19 "TRYIN TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN" - Barry Manilow
#18 "SHANNON" - Henry Gross
#17 "I DO, I DO, I DO, I DO, I DO" - Abba
#16 "DREAM ON" - Aerosmith
#15 "SWEET THING" - Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
#14 "DECEMBER 1963 (OH WHAT A NIGHT)" - The Four Seasons
#13 "DREAM WEAVER" - Gary Wright
#12 "THERE'S A KIND OF HUSH (ALL OVER THE WORLD)" - The Carpenters
#11 "LONELY NIGHT (ANGEL FACE)" - The Captain & Tennille
#10 "FOOLED AROUND AND FELL IN LOVE" - Elvin Bishop
#9 "BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY" - Queen
#8 "SHOW ME THE WAY" - Peter Frampton
#7 "WELCOME BACK" - John Sebastian
#6 "ONLY SIXTEEN" - Dr. Hook
#5 "SWEET LOVE" - The Commodores
#4 "BOOGIE FEVER" - The Sylvers
#3 "RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM" - Maxine Nightingale
#2 "LET YOUR LOVE FLOW" - The Bellamy Brothers
#1 "DISCO LADY" - Johnnie Taylor
 
2012-11-02 07:00:12 PM  
I coulda sworn Led Zeppelins Kashmere was about 9 minutes or so long and was a few years prior as well.

Also, Bad News did a great tribute to the song:
Link
 
2012-11-02 07:04:07 PM  

OgreMagi: Psycoholic_Slag: TeddyRooseveltsMustache: Queen has tons of great songs. They're one of the best bands ever. All of the members musical geniuses in their own right. That's rare these days.

Brian May is a god damned astrophysicist!

An ASTROPHYSICIST!

That's Doctor Brian May to you, biatch!



Heh, heh. I love how he took a break from school to do "that music thingy" and then went back and picked up his PhD. Like it was an afterthought.
 
2012-11-02 07:10:54 PM  

hamsack: I coulda sworn Led Zeppelins Kashmere was about 9 minutes or so long and was a few years prior as well.

Also, Bad News did a great tribute to the song:
Link


Iron Butterfly's "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" was 17 minutes long and got airplay. Granted on FM only, when FM was new.
 
2012-11-02 07:31:49 PM  
I'm actually surprised to see "Mustafa" get some love upthread. I always loved that song, it's so...frantic.

But since TFA mentioned covers of Bohemian Rhapsody covers, here's a brass band cover. (Good singers, for brass-players, and two REALLY good singers - you'll hear them)

Mnozil Brass from Austria
 
2012-11-02 07:43:52 PM  

12349876: Mulchpuppy: "March of the Black Queen" as one of their favorites.

AllThe whole B side of Queen II deserves to be heard together in one listen. It's Queen at their proggiest, which I love as a big prog fan.

 
2012-11-02 07:45:22 PM  

hamsack: I coulda sworn Led Zeppelins Kashmere was about 9 minutes or so long and was a few years prior as well.


"Kashmir" wasn't a single, unless I'm wrong. (Neither was "Stairway", for that matter.)

simplicimus: Iron Butterfly's "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" was 17 minutes long and got airplay. Granted on FM only, when FM was new.


It was released as a single in a 3-minute edit.

I would guess that the longest song to be released as a single UNEDITED was "November Rain". Can anyone confirm or deny?
 
2012-11-02 07:54:11 PM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: hamsack: I coulda sworn Led Zeppelins Kashmere was about 9 minutes or so long and was a few years prior as well.

"Kashmir" wasn't a single, unless I'm wrong. (Neither was "Stairway", for that matter.)

I had the '45 with The Immigrant Song.The flip side is my favorite Zep song,not released on an LP.

//Hey,Hey,what can I do.

 
2012-11-02 07:55:08 PM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: hamsack: I coulda sworn Led Zeppelins Kashmere was about 9 minutes or so long and was a few years prior as well.

"Kashmir" wasn't a single, unless I'm wrong. (Neither was "Stairway", for that matter.)

simplicimus: Iron Butterfly's "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" was 17 minutes long and got airplay. Granted on FM only, when FM was new.

It was released as a single in a 3-minute edit.

I would guess that the longest song to be released as a single UNEDITED was "November Rain". Can anyone confirm or deny?




Long answer shortened: Chart-wise, November Rain in the US, Oasis in the UK.
 
2012-11-02 07:55:55 PM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: hamsack: I coulda sworn Led Zeppelins Kashmere was about 9 minutes or so long and was a few years prior as well.

"Kashmir" wasn't a single, unless I'm wrong. (Neither was "Stairway", for that matter.)

simplicimus: Iron Butterfly's "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" was 17 minutes long and got airplay. Granted on FM only, when FM was new.

It was released as a single in a 3-minute edit.

I would guess that the longest song to be released as a single UNEDITED was "November Rain". Can anyone confirm or deny?


Oh, and I meant to include this link

Link
 
2012-11-02 07:57:40 PM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: hamsack: I coulda sworn Led Zeppelins Kashmere was about 9 minutes or so long and was a few years prior as well.

"Kashmir" wasn't a single, unless I'm wrong. (Neither was "Stairway", for that matter.)

simplicimus: Iron Butterfly's "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" was 17 minutes long and got airplay. Granted on FM only, when FM was new.

It was released as a single in a 3-minute edit.

I would guess that the longest song to be released as a single UNEDITED was "November Rain". Can anyone confirm or deny?


There was a 3 minute release for AM, but long ago. when FM was new, the full song would be played.
/Why yes, I'm old
 
2012-11-02 08:01:29 PM  
Christ, all the debate in this thread. Screw this, I'm going to ride my bicycle... bicycle.
 
2012-11-02 08:01:32 PM  

Mulchpuppy: Last time there was a Queen thread, some Farker mentioned "March of the Black Queen" as one of their favorites. It didn't ring a bell, so I hunted it down.

If that Farker happens to read this thread, just wanted to say thank you.

/also '39 is an underrated gem


/agrees with you about '39
 
2012-11-02 08:02:19 PM  
And "Hey Jude",at 7 minutes, got some airplay.
 
2012-11-02 08:22:04 PM  
static.nme.com

So Douglas Fargo is writing for NME now?
 
2012-11-02 08:22:38 PM  
Back when mtv played music videos i was really pissed when some host said the band dont deserve one dime for their live shows because the song was a playback. It was in the time they would mess up anything live on their own
 
2012-11-02 08:26:01 PM  

freetomato: Mercury biopic


I was, until I heard the lead character dies in the end.
 
2012-11-02 08:30:55 PM  

colimar: Back when mtv played music videos i was really pissed when some host said the band dont deserve one dime for their live shows because the song was a playback. It was in the time they would mess up anything live on their own


For years Queen refused to play the song live, as it was a studio product. By the late 70s, they gave into fan demand, and started playing it, but the only bit which was playback was the complex center section, which the band could have never done live because of the overdubs. The first (solo piano) and last (starting from May's guitar rock-out) sections were always played live. During the recorded bit, the band left the stage, so there was no question that they WEREN'T playing.
 
2012-11-02 08:35:46 PM  
I also doubt that the piano used for "Hey Jude" was the same piano used for "Bohemian Rhapsody". "Hey Jude" was recorded at Trident Studios, and the Bechstein grand used by Paul McCartney belonged to that studio. I was used on Ziggy Stardust, Queen II, and dozens of other recordings through the years, but always at Trident.

"Bo Rap" wasn't recorded at Trident, so there's no way that piano was used. Given that the same Bechstein was used in recording the song, in the video, and on tour, it's likely that piano belonged to either Freddie or the band.

The Trident Studio piano sold at auction in 2008 for 200,000 Pounds (UK)
 
2012-11-02 08:38:08 PM  

hamsack: I coulda sworn Led Zeppelins Kashmere was about 9 minutes or so long and was a few years prior as well.

Also, Bad News did a great tribute to the song:
Link


I love Led Zeppelin, don't get me wrong, but I'd pick BR over Kashmir any day of the week...and zep is in my top 8 bands of all time. Queen doesn't crack my top 20, though. Odd, how personal lists pan out.
 
2012-11-02 08:58:49 PM  

simplicimus: I can just imagine Freddie explaining the song to the rest of the band. "OK, we start singing this song, then we switch to this song, then another song, then we finish up with this song."


It was all done in parts; Freddie knew what he wanted, but beyond a rough outline, the rest of the band likely didn't hear the whole song as a single piece until the editing and overdubs were complete.

For a similar -mind-blowing- example of that style of recording, listen to the sessions for the Beach Boy's "Good Vibrations", which was basally recorded a bar at a time and then assembled.
 
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2012-11-02 09:09:19 PM  
21) Waynes World made it a joke, much like Sopranoes did with Dont Stop Beli
 
2012-11-02 09:20:55 PM  
 
2012-11-02 09:36:32 PM  

schemy: Sheer Heart Attack


I am going to have to THIS
 
2012-11-02 09:38:13 PM  

Optimal_Illusion: Queen + EBA + Phoenix Wright.


Awesome, sir. My jaw just dropped again.
 
2012-11-02 09:43:42 PM  
I love you guys right now.

/listening to 'The Prophet's Song' as we speak
//Queen fan
 
2012-11-02 09:59:48 PM  
"It sucks" oddly missing from the list...

Oh, wait...it's a list of things you didn't know!
 
2012-11-02 10:14:43 PM  
somebody to love (live)

Link
 
2012-11-02 10:21:40 PM  
It's a great song, but just because it was in Wayne's World doesn't mean it's the best. Hammer to Fall, The Show Must Go On, Who Wants to Live Forever...all better in my admitted opinion.
 
2012-11-02 10:56:52 PM  

maelstrom0370: Friend of mine used to DJ school dances and whatnot back in the 90s. He loved to start 'Under Pressure' and watch all the kiddies rush the dance floor only to find out it wasn't 'Ice Ice Baby'

/It's the little things
//Favorite is probably 'Gimme the Prize'


CSB: I was in a chain restaurant having dinner with a friend once and they had a karaoke thing going on. No one was singing karaoke, so he was just playing music. He plays Ice, Ice, Baby and, on a lark, I pass him a note requesting Under Pressure, assuming he'd get a laugh out of it and maybe even do it, for fun.
Turns out he had no farking clue. Under Pressure starts up and he starts frantically trying to figure out what's wrong with his machine, until it finally dawns on him.
 
2012-11-02 11:02:08 PM  

Butthurted: freetomato: Mercury biopic

I was, until I heard the lead character dies in the end.


Jeez, don't watch Titanic.
 
2012-11-02 11:02:49 PM  

Rickenbacker: Mulchpuppy: Last time there was a Queen thread, some Farker mentioned "March of the Black Queen" as one of their favorites. It didn't ring a bell, so I hunted it down.

If that Farker happens to read this thread, just wanted to say thank you.

/also '39 is an underrated gem

'39 is one of my favorites. Who else but Queen could write a sea-chanty-ish song about astrophysics? Bohemain Rhapsody is no doubt a classic, but it needs a rest. Wasn't on the list, but I read years ago that they almost "lost" the song. By the time they mastered it, the tape was paper thin from all the overdubbing.


39 is awesome. Day at the races and night at the opera both fantastic albums
 
2012-11-02 11:20:01 PM  
I Want It All.
Bijou.
The Show Must Go On.
Keep Passing the Open Windows.
It's a Hard Life.
You Don't Fool Me.
Innuendo.

....screw the ogres and fairies, their later stuff is where it's at.
 
2012-11-02 11:23:23 PM  

SilentStrider: Greatsong, but not my favorite Queen song. That would be Stone Cold Crazy.


Ogre Battle, or Father to Son, or Keep Yourself Alive, or...any of their really old stuf...
 
2012-11-02 11:30:25 PM  

SilentStrider: Greatsong, but not my favorite Queen song. That would be Stone Cold Crazy.


I would have to go with "Death on Two Legs".
 
2012-11-02 11:35:19 PM  
so, the thread's not really about this anymore, but did anybody read that article? because it farking sucked
 
2012-11-02 11:36:33 PM  

Shazam999: fruitloop: 12. It only made No.9 in the States on its initial release but hi-jinks in the Wayne's World car saw it storm all the way to No.2 in 1992. It was held off top spot by Kriss Kross's classic 'Jump'.

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This. Sweet Jesus what the fark was wrong with people?


That's the dude who wrote Arthur's Theme, right?
 
2012-11-02 11:38:01 PM  

acad1228: SilentStrider: Greatsong, but not my favorite Queen song. That would be Stone Cold Crazy.

I would have to go with "Death on Two Legs".


Death on Two Legs
 
2012-11-02 11:40:21 PM  

Neeek: I know I'm completely alone on this one, but Seven Seas of Rhye is my favorite.

/Not their best song, really, just the one that makes me happiest.


You're not remotely alone. That's one of my favorites.
 
2012-11-02 11:41:35 PM  
"I Want to Break Free"

/that is all
 
2012-11-02 11:43:46 PM  

evilmrsock: Mulchpuppy: Last time there was a Queen thread, some Farker mentioned "March of the Black Queen" as one of their favorites. It didn't ring a bell, so I hunted it down.

If that Farker happens to read this thread, just wanted to say thank you.

/also '39 is an underrated gem

The entire "Side Black" of Queen II - Ogre Battle onwards - is magnificent, and difficult for me to listen to on shuffle. It was the first album I bought after Greatest Hits.


Queen II - Side Black
 
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