Monday, November 16, 2009

Number 366 - Queen


Number 366

Queen

"We Will Rock You"

(1977)
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................Genre: Rock...............
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Thank the FRAGGING overlords that crowbarred is in solitude confinement IE: Purgatory Paradise. This will give us the ^&$%$%#$! minions like me and Tez, Hippy etc a chance to express ourselves and some of the songs we were not allowed to touch! Queen is the fragging quintessential rock of rock music. Real guitars, real drums and real vocals .... no pussy whipped nancy dry assed wannabe crap music like you get now in 2009. In fact, anyone who is a young teenager in these days .... honestly, i pass you the tissues. Sad, tragic clown shit. For your music is soulless and and shrivelled garbage, I mean, Kings Of Leon? kaffNANCYchoo Please!. And Hinder? Shove that up where the ^&$#^%$@# sun don't shine. Dribble unlimited! Queen in my opinion puts ALL bands to waste, all of them. As far as I'm concerned these lads from England known as Queen took rock at it's infancy and made it real AND LOUD. Led Zeppelin? Doors? Beatles? Rolling Stones and $%$&%@@#! U2? Pah, pale in comparison to the real rock Queen produced and which the world loved [& still do]. And if Freddie Mercury were still alive? It would be Sir Mercury to you ... fraggers! ~ GAZZA
Hey! We're world famous!
If Day at the Races was a sleek, streamlined album, its 1977 successor, News of the World, was its polar opposite, an explosion of styles that didn't seem to hold to any particular center. It's front-loaded with two of Queen's biggest anthems -- the stomping, stadium-filling chant "We Will Rock You" and its triumphant companion, "We Are the Champions" -- which are quickly followed by the ferocious "Sheer Heart Attack," a frenzied rocker that hits harder than anything on the album that shares its name, a remarkable achievement in itself. Three songs, three quick shifts in mood, but that's hardly the end of it. As the News rolls on, you're treated to the arch, campy crooning of "My Melancholy Blues," a shticky blues shuffle in "Sleeping on the Sidewalk," and breezy Latin rhythms on "Who Needs You." Then there's the neo-disco of "Fight from the Inside," which is eclipsed by the mechanical funk of "Get Down, Make Love," a dirty grind that's stripped of sensuality.
Dr.Brian May
That cold streak on "Get Down, Make Love" runs through the album as a whole. Despite the explosion of sounds and rhythms, this album doesn't add up to party thanks to that slightly distancing chilly vibe that hangs over the album. Nevertheless, many of these songs work well on their own as entities, so there is plenty to savor here, especially from Brian May. Whether he's doing the strangely subdued eccentric English pop "All Dead, All Dead" or especially the majestic yet nimble rocker "It's Late," he turns in work that gives this album some lightness, which it needs. And that's the reason News of the World was a monster hit despite its coldness -- when it works, it's massive, earth-shaking rock & roll, the sound of a band beginning to revel in its superstardom. ~ [Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide]
We WILL Rock You!
class of '77
One version was used as the opening track on their 1977 album News of the World. This version consists of a stamp-stamp-clap-pause beat, and a power chorus, being somewhat of an anthem. The stamping effects were created by the band overdubbing the sounds of themselves stomping and clapping many times and adding delay effects to create a sound like many people were participating. When performed live, this version is usually followed by "We Are the Champions", another of the album's hits, as they were designed to run together. The double A-side reached number 4 on the U.S. Billboard singles chart, becoming their second hit in the U.S. On the 45 of the song's original vinyl record release, the song was actually the flip side of "We Are the Champions" in Britain, however the American record company requested to put the two songs together as a "double A-side" because American radio stations were playing them back to back. This is a reason why the songs are often paired on the radio and at sporting events, where they are frequently played. The songs are also paired back to back on the album, and they are still played together to this day on American classic rock radio stations.
For more Queen see #539, #747, #799, #805 & [with Bowie] #513
Why has Queen never been on the cover of RS?
What does the "establishment" think?
In the most noteworthy art-rock essay (contained in the Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll), John Rockwell calls such bands "eclectic experimentalists." But until one attempts to assemble such a list of sources, it's hard to see how awesomely accurate his term is. The eccentric combination of influences is what distinguishes most of these groups. The vocal structures of the Beach Boys, for instance, have influenced Queen as deeply as they have Eric Carmen. Yet Queen's instrumentation owes more to Led Zeppelin, Yes and the Beatles. Starcastle are an inflection-accurate replication of Yes. Genesis are nearly free from overt emulation, but their debts to Jethro Tull and King Crimson hardly need ferreting out.
Roger Taylor
This sometimes takes the form of grand silliness. A Day at the Races is probably meant to be the sequel to Queen's 1976 smash, A Night at the Opera, but nothing much has changed. Queen is the least experimental of such groups, probably because their commercial aspirations are the most brazen. They have managed to borrow all that's frothiest from their influences, from the fake-orgasmic vocal contortions of Robert Plant to the semi-vaudevillian pop of the Beach Boys and Beatles. In addition, to cement their "seriousness," they use instrumental effects which hint at opera in the same way that bad movie music palely evokes the symphony. Blessed with Freddie Mercury's passable pop voice and guitarist Brian May, who manages to fragment and reassemble the guitar styles of Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton in interesting, if pedestrian, ways, Queen will probably top the charts until one or the other of its leaders grows restless and spins off another version. ~ [Source: Rolling Stone]
For Beach Boys see #368, #517, #560, #576, #641, #714
For Beatles see #489, #587, #894 & #947
For Led Zeppelin see #422, #577 & #957
For Genesis see #684
For Robert Plant see #845
For Jethro Tull see #965
For Jeff Beck see #636
For Eric Clapton see #537
Rolling Stone magazine deemed their '366th Song of all Time' was "How Deep Is Your Love" by Bee Gees. Bee Gees has appeared in The Definitive 1000 of All Time @ #526
Other songs with reference to Queen ~ #390, #400, #413, #423, #431, #434, #435, #436, #446, #457, #463, #495, #501, #558, #651, #652, #680, #738, #757, #798, #936, #948
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number 330 and the Album ranked at (And... we are NEVER never going to put Queen on our cover!)
This song has a Definitive rating of 80.3 out of 108
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