Stone POLLd Crazy: The ILM Queen Poll Voting Thread (#68? in a series)

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so the hour has officially arrived. it's time to prepare for (ogre) battle, pit the ornamented anthems against the very deepest cuts (yes, this will mean blowing the dust of that mildewed Hot Space cassette), and pay tribute to one of the most fascinating four-pieces in history.

these are the nuts & bolts:

Ballot Part I (essential): rank your top 20 Queen tracks and send em right along. just the studio stuff please, no live cuts. solo Freddie, Roger & Brian is fair game, should you wish to vote for it. points will be allocated the good old-fashioned way.

Ballot Part I (essential): just for shits & giggles tell me your favourite Queen album. just the one please. i will award it a point and we'll see how this experiment pans out.

send your slightly mad ballot along to queenpolling AT gmail dot com

please refer any queries (or anything i might have glossed over) to this thread.

now get on yer bikes and ride!

charlie h, Tuesday, 8 September 2015 10:29 (three years ago) Permalink

and oh yes, the voting window will close on Monday, 21 September.

charlie h, Tuesday, 8 September 2015 10:31 (three years ago) Permalink

and to make an amendment, the second part of the Ballot (your album of choice) is in fact OPTIONAL, but you are most encouraged to contribute.

charlie h, Tuesday, 8 September 2015 10:38 (three years ago) Permalink

so much to rep for, but i'm going to lend some early love to Flick of the Wrist from Sheer Heart Attack. all the hallmarks of flamboyant, histrionic Queen with the chops and bite to back it up.

charlie h, Tuesday, 8 September 2015 12:03 (three years ago) Permalink

I hope this goes top twenty:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6QGP0OUaV4

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 8 September 2015 13:22 (three years ago) Permalink

had no idea that video existed. glad to know of it! as for the song, it's an infectious winner, strangely unlike regular Queen in a way, but still clearly in their hitting zone.

charlie h, Tuesday, 8 September 2015 13:32 (three years ago) Permalink

yeah, and yes it is number 68.

Bee OK, Tuesday, 8 September 2015 13:34 (three years ago) Permalink

thanks for starting this charlie h, never did think we would see another poll on ILM.

Bee OK, Tuesday, 8 September 2015 13:37 (three years ago) Permalink

my pleasure - more than happy to step up! i've run one of these before and it was a blast. would also be a shame to stop now we're 68 artists deep.

charlie h, Tuesday, 8 September 2015 13:41 (three years ago) Permalink

Fuck yeah! I've been waiting for this one!

Turrican, Tuesday, 8 September 2015 14:41 (three years ago) Permalink

can we vote for the Flash soundtrack tracks?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVNtNhzDN9k

piscesx, Tuesday, 8 September 2015 15:07 (three years ago) Permalink

I'm so tempted to make my ballot up entirely of deep cuts, although we'll see... narrowing it down to just twenty is going to be painful!

Turrican, Tuesday, 8 September 2015 17:02 (three years ago) Permalink

yes, Flash soundtrack tracks are fair game ! that's a particularly nice one.

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charlie h, Tuesday, 8 September 2015 22:02 (three years ago) Permalink

was just wondering the other day if a queen poll had been done or if it was in the pipeline, stoked for this

balls, Tuesday, 8 September 2015 22:20 (three years ago) Permalink

been revisiting Queen I in a major way the last couple of days. I think in the past I found it a little bit too raw & indecisive in execution to successfully grapple with, lacking the polished guile of virtually everything that came after it, save possibly Queen II. but these exact same qualities are really clicking with me now, and I think it's actually all the better for its impulsive, straying nature.

charlie h, Wednesday, 9 September 2015 02:23 (three years ago) Permalink

I mean, this one really keeps you on your toes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEyfCog8A9k

charlie h, Wednesday, 9 September 2015 02:32 (three years ago) Permalink

oh man, so excited for an excuse to listen to loads of Queen

some dude, Wednesday, 9 September 2015 02:43 (three years ago) Permalink

I, for one, am primed to spend some serious time with a bunch of the 80s records, and afford some of the deeper cuts the necessary mental headway to make their charms more readily known than ever before. looking forward to it, of course!

charlie h, Wednesday, 9 September 2015 02:54 (three years ago) Permalink

just listened to The Works in its entirety. solid all the way through, but idk, possibly undermined a little bit by its evenness? half the songs seem all too intent on earnestly appropriating their status as Big Stadium Rock Anthems from the very first note, as if the blockish guitar riffs & over-percolated vocals you hear upfront are enough to carry you along for the ride. the presumption kinda kills it for me.

maybe i just find it a little too conventional, the mighty Hammer to Fall notwithstanding. any ardent supporters of this album out there? would love to know your thoughts.

charlie h, Wednesday, 9 September 2015 07:55 (three years ago) Permalink

Yes, me! It's my favourite '80s Queen album. Why? Because there isn't a track that I ever feel like skipping on it, whereas there's definitely tracks that I would skip on other '80s Queen albums. Yeah, there's a lot of tracks on The Works that are going over old Queen styles, like 'It's A Hard Life', 'Hammer To Fall', 'Tear It Up', the "old time" style of 'Man On The Prowl' (they seem to have one of these on a lot of their albums), but tracks like those are also blended in with stuff that takes in just the right amount of New Wave influence without alienating Queen audiences: 'Radio Ga Ga', 'I Want To Break Free', even 'Machines' (which is lyrically corny as fuck, but I still wouldn't skip over it) ... 'Keep Passing The Open Windows' is an underrated track I think, and neat use of the middle 8 as the intro, which ends up becoming the most memorable part of the song.

Turrican, Wednesday, 9 September 2015 11:33 (three years ago) Permalink

It's great to see that the debut Queen album has been mentioned already, though, and it goes without saying that there is one track in particular that will be on my ballot without a shadow of a doubt: it begins with the letter 'L'.

Turrican, Wednesday, 9 September 2015 11:35 (three years ago) Permalink

you know, it's interesting you mention that The Works references old Queen styles since I was genuinely wondering earlier today if It's A Hard Life was a conscious reworking of Play The Game (with perhaps something of a less optimistic standpoint). hard not to spot the overt similarities between those songs.

yeah, Queen I will almost definitely be represented somewhere on my ballot.

charlie h, Wednesday, 9 September 2015 12:41 (three years ago) Permalink

Yeah... I think it's very difficult to say whether Mercury sat down at a piano and said "today, I'm going to write a song that mixes 'Play The Game' with the first half of 'Bohemian Rhapsody'", or whether the song just fell out of him like that... I mean, if you analyse it I guess you can hear elements of one or two Queen tracks in there, but at the same time it feels very naturally written. I love the track, for what it's worth, I think it's a great song, and I prefer it to 'Play The Game' for sure. Dare I say it, I prefer it to the overplayed 'Bohemian Rhapsody' too, which won't be on my ballot!

Turrican, Wednesday, 9 September 2015 13:16 (three years ago) Permalink

I am hugely tempted to vote for 'Jesus'

めんどくさかった (Matt #2), Wednesday, 9 September 2015 14:02 (three years ago) Permalink

really intrigued to know which of the deeper cuts will go top 10/top 20. Liar? Love Of My Life? i'm not hugely familiar with the entire non-hits back catalogue just bits of it.

piscesx, Wednesday, 9 September 2015 14:10 (three years ago) Permalink

oh and if anyone hasn't seen the 2 hour 2-part BBC doc from a few years back, it's amazing and it's here in full.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mMbrHXjXlo

piscesx, Wednesday, 9 September 2015 14:12 (three years ago) Permalink

it can be hard to situate the merits of Bohemian Rhapsody when you know you've heard it 1000 times too many. but it was obviously a turning point in their writing, and yes i can hear bits of it in It's A Hard Life (along with Play The Game, of course).

Jesus has really been jumping out at me this last set of listens. it definitely encapsulates the spirit of that first album.

it is quite interesting to think about the deeper cuts that may/ may not appear. Queen II and Sheer Heart Attack could yield a few of them, i dare say.

charlie h, Wednesday, 9 September 2015 14:17 (three years ago) Permalink

thanks for posting that doco! i'd set to watching it now if i didn't have to be up in 5 hours.

charlie h, Wednesday, 9 September 2015 14:19 (three years ago) Permalink

My favourite part of 'Jesus' is the middle part, and yeah, that documentary is great and from what I remember, they touch upon the tensions that were in the band circa Hot Space a little bit as well.

Turrican, Wednesday, 9 September 2015 14:30 (three years ago) Permalink

As for deep cuts, I'm incredibly fond of this one, buried at the end of The Miracle...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNvzJ_dBHfQ

Turrican, Wednesday, 9 September 2015 14:31 (three years ago) Permalink

Also, there's a few selections from Jazz that I love that may or may not make it onto my ballot, always loved this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFtsWGaeAu0

I'll laugh my tits off if 'Mustapha' manages to place, although it'd be a pleasant surprise if it did.

Turrican, Wednesday, 9 September 2015 14:35 (three years ago) Permalink

really like Was It All Worth It. one of those nostalgic, almost ominously melancholy Queen tunes, the tone of which was increasingly prevalent on the final couple of albums.

couldn't help but get stuck into the documentary despite the late hour. interesting how much of an impact that initial Top of the Pops appearance had. the momentum started to gather much earlier than i thought.

charlie h, Wednesday, 9 September 2015 14:48 (three years ago) Permalink

... and yet they had no money for a long time.

charlie h, Wednesday, 9 September 2015 14:51 (three years ago) Permalink

Well, the band definitely knew during the making of The Miracle that Freddie was ill, and I don't think anyone involved knew just how long Freddie was going to be able to keep going for, so The Miracle could have easily have been the last Queen album. I've heard rumours that they titled the album The Miracle because it was a miracle that the album got made and completed, although I'm not sure how true that is - I have a feeling that the album was just titled after the song of the same name and nothing more than that. However, if you think of The Miracle being the "final" Queen album then 'Was It All Worth It' makes sense, not just as an album closer but a career closer too. That the band managed to carry on and make Innuendo was the real miracle, IMO... and that album ends with 'The Show Must Go On', which is equally as perfect as an album closer/career closer, IMO.

Turrican, Wednesday, 9 September 2015 15:22 (three years ago) Permalink

I've spent a lot of the day relistening to Queen tracks for this poll, and I cannot get over how sloppy a drummer Roger Taylor is. On any pre-NotW track where Freddie is not playing rhythmic piano, he'll just randomly come in super late with a snare hit or five on the 2 or 4, completely trashing the groove. I never liked the synthisized Queen tunes, but it's hard not to notice that John Deacon's bass playing just opens up when the band started playing to click tracks and drum machines.

Three Word Username, Wednesday, 9 September 2015 21:27 (three years ago) Permalink

my ballot's very Queen II heavy

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Wednesday, 9 September 2015 22:05 (three years ago) Permalink

there is definitely a heightened sense of sentimentality -- of mortality even -- about those last two (or three) albums that can make them sad to listen to.

interesting about Roger Taylor being a sloppy drummer. always sensed that he was never doing anything too flamboyant, that he didn't need to stretch himself too much given the innovations of Freddie and Brian, but it's still curious to hear that the tautness and discipline of the other members didn't strictly rub off on him.

charlie h, Wednesday, 9 September 2015 22:28 (three years ago) Permalink

i suspect my ballot will end up with several Queen II tracks as well.

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charlie h, Wednesday, 9 September 2015 22:28 (three years ago) Permalink

I always liked the way Taylor mixed his snare hits with the opening of the hi-hat.. it sounds great on 'Brighton Rock' in particular.

I love Queen II, but it's likely that I'll only end up voting for maybe one or two tracks from it... I'm trying to represent my favourite Queen tracks throughout all the albums, and even though I think Side Two of Queen II is wonderful, I think it works better as one continuous piece of music rather than broken down into individual tracks for the most part.

Turrican, Wednesday, 9 September 2015 22:59 (three years ago) Permalink

Roger Taylor : the most underrated hard rock singer of the 1970s?

めんどくさかった (Matt #2), Wednesday, 9 September 2015 23:58 (three years ago) Permalink

he definitely provides an interesting, spartan counterpoint to Freddie. he also sings lead on some excellent songs.

charlie h, Thursday, 10 September 2015 00:26 (three years ago) Permalink

The sound of Taylor's drums is very 70s and cool, but Brighton Rock is also a good example of what I'm talking about -- May sets up one tempo and feel, and by the end of the verse, Taylor has slowed the whole thing down and it doesn't recover until he lays out after his fills. In the first guitar break, it sounds almost as if he decides to pick up his sticks at the moment they should be striking the snare.

Three Word Username, Thursday, 10 September 2015 06:32 (three years ago) Permalink

woah, Dead On Time from Jazz is proving to be a gainful new discovery for me. Brian's main riff on that one is fierce!

charlie h, Thursday, 10 September 2015 09:30 (three years ago) Permalink

also worth noting that i must have been sleeping on Spread Your Wings this whole time. what a song!

charlie h, Thursday, 10 September 2015 11:58 (three years ago) Permalink

'Dead On Time' rules]! I've always felt that Jazz was one of the most underrated Queen albums of the '70s, and there's so many songs on there that I could vote for, 'Dead On Time' definitely being one of them. Love the thunderclap at the end and Freddie shouting "YOU'RE DEAD!"

'Spread Your Wings' easily one of my highlights of News Of The World, an album which I know that a lot of people like but is on the lower-half of the table for me.

Turrican, Thursday, 10 September 2015 14:11 (three years ago) Permalink

In fact, I was just thinking... it'll be great to see which writer gets has the most songs place on the poll, I suspect either May or Mercury since they wrote the bulk of the Queen material, but I reckon there'll be a huge number of Deacon songs too.

Turrican, Thursday, 10 September 2015 14:12 (three years ago) Permalink

i'm really coming round to News Of The World, i think. Fight From The Inside is another minor classic - an infectious Taylor rocker with an unremitting pulse. i also have a bit of a soft spot for All Dead, All Dead, which frankly a very weird song.

charlie h, Thursday, 10 September 2015 23:39 (three years ago) Permalink

we're a few ballots deep already. keep them coming!

charlie h, Thursday, 10 September 2015 23:41 (three years ago) Permalink

"Mustapha" is a song I've always loved from a so-so album.

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Thursday, 10 September 2015 23:47 (three years ago) Permalink

Whoever votes for "We Will Rock You" will get reported to the FCC.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 10 September 2015 23:56 (three years ago) Permalink

I'm pretty excited about the forthcoming roll-out, actually... even if hardly any of my tracks place, I suspect I'll still be more than happy with what does, particularly if there's a few surprises there. It's also going to be interesting to compare people's ballots, as I'm sure that different locations are going to have different preferred Queen eras, and it's also going to be interesting to see how different Queen eras fare in the final results.

Turrican, Monday, 21 September 2015 13:25 (three years ago) Permalink

the spread of appreciation across different Queen eras is something i've really enjoyed noticing as the ballots have trickled in.

for those yet to vote: even at this late stage, it is within your power to influence the order of the highest-ranking songs through what you choose to include, but also what you don't choose to include.

charlie h, Monday, 21 September 2015 13:38 (three years ago) Permalink

Stand by for one more.

pplains, Monday, 21 September 2015 14:59 (three years ago) Permalink

Any other Americans can agree or disagree, but our relationship with this band is so weird. One of the biggest artists of the classic rock era, and yet, so many of their biggest "hits" were nothing in this country.

Here's a tweet I made last year when I was in Sydney:

http://i.imgur.com/tVo8mAk.png

I think I was talking about "The Show Must Go On" or something.

pplains, Monday, 21 September 2015 15:12 (three years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I kinda expect US ballots to be quite The Game/Hot Space-heavy for some reason. It's strange, because here in the UK, I feel very safe in saying that if you asked various random people to name several Queen songs off the top of their head, they really wouldn't have much trouble doing so or have to think too hard about it.

Turrican, Monday, 21 September 2015 15:24 (three years ago) Permalink

Yeah, Queen in America was basically over after The Game. Even "Under Pressure" wasn't huge here (wiki says #29) -- I know that growing up, there was ZERO Queen played on classic rock radio after "Another One Bites the Dust", and even that was rare compared to pretty much any of their hits from the 70s. I think US fans didn't take to the band leaving behind their bombastic rock roots for pop and dance stuff. Remember, this was the country where "disco sucks".

Dominique, Monday, 21 September 2015 15:25 (three years ago) Permalink

(fact is, the first time I'd ever heard of Under Pressure was in a Vanilla Ice song...)

Dominique, Monday, 21 September 2015 15:27 (three years ago) Permalink

First video of the MTV era was for "Under Pressure", which was just buildings falling down and stuff.

"Radio Gaga" was ok, but when they got dressed up in drag for "I Want to Break Free," I guess U.S. viewers said, ok that's enough.

Seriously, I probably saw the video for "Bohemian Rhapsody" on MTV more times than any of the 80s songs, and this was even before Wayne's World.

pplains, Monday, 21 September 2015 15:28 (three years ago) Permalink

Album rock stations in Baltimore and DC definitely played Under Pressure when it was new.

Three Word Username, Monday, 21 September 2015 15:44 (three years ago) Permalink

wait when are ballots due? i thought it was like end-of-day Monday, but tell me how much time i have and i'll make sure i get mine in

some dude, Monday, 21 September 2015 15:44 (three years ago) Permalink

well, it got to #29, so I'm sure someone was playing it. However, I was only 8 when it came out -- when I started listening to classic rock in the late 80s, they didn't play it at all (or any other Queen post 1980). It wasn't until Innuendo came out that it ever occurred to me what new Queen music might actually sound like, as the local classic rock radio stations were making a big point to say the band was returning to its roots.

Dominique, Monday, 21 September 2015 15:49 (three years ago) Permalink

in relation to Pleasant Plains' comment about hearing Queen in a Sydney Aldi store: yes, growing up in that same city - and i imagine it might have been the same across the UK - Queen were definitely one of those few bands that became a part of your everyday consciousness without you even realising it. this was due in large part to the sheer number of hits, all of which served the purpose of making the repetitions of your day - the long car trips, the excursions to the supermarket - a little bit larger than life.

heading to bed shortly & happy to keep accepting ballots till i wake up (i'm on holidays, so that'll be a nice leisurely hour) or till Monday officially ends your time. honestly, no rush. my priority is to get as many more in as possible.

charlie h, Monday, 21 September 2015 15:59 (three years ago) Permalink

I can understand US audiences being a bit confused by the 'I Want To Break Free' video - it was a bit of a pisstake of the long-running UK soap Coronation Street, which I wouldn't expect Americans to be familiar with.

Turrican, Monday, 21 September 2015 16:02 (three years ago) Permalink

i imagine it might have been the same across the UK - Queen were definitely one of those few bands that became a part of your everyday consciousness without you even realising it

Yup, this is definitely OTM.

Turrican, Monday, 21 September 2015 16:03 (three years ago) Permalink

did Wayne's World bring about a bit of a Queen revival in the States?

charlie h, Monday, 21 September 2015 16:19 (three years ago) Permalink

for that one song, at least. what year did the Greatest Hits albums come out? sadly that's what most of the US casual fans know them from (not that it's not a great collection, jsut there's so much more they're missing out on)

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Monday, 21 September 2015 16:22 (three years ago) Permalink

i guess the release of Wayne's World also coincided with Freddie's death, which would have made the renewed interest more poignant.

Greatest Hits I was released in the early 80s, but it did get a huge amount of exposure in the early 90s, possibly simply because it was bundled alongside Greatest Hits II.

charlie h, Monday, 21 September 2015 16:28 (three years ago) Permalink

yeah i came of age in the early '90s so i don't have much of a concept of Queen's profile in the US before that but i remember it all as one big wave of publicity -- Freddie dying, Wayne's World, the giant tribute concert airing over and over on MTV. the 1981 Greatest Hits album (which was a huge staple in my house) was the only compilation in U.S. stores at the time, then they rush released a 'Classic Queen' comp in '92, both sold millions in the '90s.

interestingly none of this really seemed to lift the visibility of their later music. all the albums after The Game went gold in the U.S. but never platinum. i didn't even know Made In Heaven existed until fairly recently, i had no clue a posthumous album with Freddie vocals came out after Innuendo and sold millions around the world, and i was a pop music obsessive by '95.

some dude, Monday, 21 September 2015 16:38 (three years ago) Permalink

agree, it all seemed to happen at once. And one other important thing -- Hollywood Records reissued all their 70s records a few weeks before Wayne's World came out. So, I within a very short time, I went from trying to get my friends to check out these records and (to me) obscure tracks like Bicycle Race and Don't Stop Me Now, to all of them singing the same praises, seemingly out of the blue.

Dominique, Monday, 21 September 2015 16:53 (three years ago) Permalink

yeah, and it was also ridiculously easy to devour each and every song from Greatest Hits, to the extent that even if you had no idea of the band's timeline or the history preceding your knowledge of the tracks, they still managed to take on an immediate sense of gravity & distinction in terms of your appreciation of them.

i knew about Made in Heaven at the time, but i routinely forget it exists. i think i meant to give it another shot for this poll, but never got round to it.

charlie h, Monday, 21 September 2015 17:04 (three years ago) Permalink

the title track of Made In Heaven is pretty cool imo

some dude, Monday, 21 September 2015 17:13 (three years ago) Permalink

btw i made a playlist of my favorite Queen deep cuts last year, some songs very worth considering here:
http://narrowcast.blogspot.com/2014/03/deep-album-cuts-vol-14-queen.html

some dude, Monday, 21 September 2015 17:33 (three years ago) Permalink

May says that even Freddie's death had nothing like the impact of Wayne's World. also the studio wanted Guns N Roses in the scene.

piscesx, Monday, 21 September 2015 17:44 (three years ago) Permalink

oh how long is it until ballot deadline day please??

piscesx, Monday, 21 September 2015 17:44 (three years ago) Permalink

My cassette copy of their greatest hits looked like this:

http://i.imgur.com/HweUd5A.jpg

Have no idea where I got that.

pplains, Monday, 21 September 2015 18:21 (three years ago) Permalink

one of my very earliest pop culture memories, very earliest memories period was being a very very young child and staring at the cover of news of the world. at the time it was positively terrifying and mystifying to me, i remember i'd stare at the cover of physical graffiti also but that was more like playing w/ a pop up book, news of the world was something different altogether. 'another one bites the dust' was one of the first pop hits i was obsessed w/, it's kind of silly macho aspect was easy for a young boy to grip on to and then 'another one rides the bus' came out and i loved that as well. 'flash's theme' i loved as well, for some reason my mother wouldn't let me watch the movie (i can only assume because it was a deserved flop, she let me watch the jerk and halloween so it wasn't shielding my eyes from whatever), so that was the proxy i got and it served its purpose, probably outdid it. and then queen effectively disappeared for me. what at the time felt like forever later but in retrospect was only five years later 'a kind of magic' was a minor hit but i latched onto it, like running into an old friend. at this point also the local top 40 station played a countdown of the british charts show at the end of sunday nights i'd listen to as i went to sleep so i knew that queen were massive in england (though not as massive at the time as pet shop boys). a few years after that 'i want it all' came out and again our local top 40 station played it quite alot, far more than its chart showing. i also had acquaintances that always listened to queen when they cruised around cuz they were highlander dorks. so right before the tribute concert and wayne's world reestablished their legend in the us they'd still managed to maintain some position on the periphery, they hadn't completely disappeared like molly hatchet or something. what's interesting to me is how well that tribute did in reestablishing their legend. i hear nearly as wide a variety of their hits on classic rock and oldies radio as i do for zeppelin or ac/dc and tracks like 'i want to break free' and 'radio ga ga' that really did nothing in the us the first time around have been made revisionist hits similar to what has happened w/ 'don't stop believing' in the uk though not to the same magnitude.

balls, Monday, 21 September 2015 18:45 (three years ago) Permalink

sent in my ballot! 10 Freddie songwriting credits, 8 Brian, 5 John, 2 Roger.

some dude, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 01:09 (three years ago) Permalink

http://i.imgur.com/iYYPy56.png

pplains, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 01:28 (three years ago) Permalink

i remember when I was younger my preference was the bombast, genre-tourist Queen, but the older me gravitates towards the Queen rockers now.

excited for this rollout.

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 01:29 (three years ago) Permalink

they were such a great hard rock band. i don't necessarily think isolating the different strains of their catalog would do it more justice than reveling in the variety, but a playlist of their hardest rockers would definitely be a load of fun.

some dude, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 02:06 (three years ago) Permalink

i knew they rocked harder when they started out but i didn't realize how much, i think i first became aware of it reading hetfield talking about elektra approaching metallica to cover queen for rubaiyat and them thinking 'queen???' and then listening to the early stuff and thinking 'holy shit'.

balls, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 02:15 (three years ago) Permalink

yeah a few notes into "Brighton Rock" and it's like ....damn!

I always loved that even when May was playing heavy riffs, his guitar playing always had a melodic sensibility. not talking about his leads so much, as those are obviously iconic, but even those hard rock riffs he played were just earwormy on their own.

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 02:23 (three years ago) Permalink

haha big fan of that Hetfield story.

if anyone else wants to throw in a ballot right at the final hurdle, now's your chance. anyone else still putting one together? pisces, Alfred?

charlie h, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 02:41 (three years ago) Permalink

thread inspired me to put on Sheer Heart Attack right now - the remaster!

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 02:45 (three years ago) Permalink

ahh man I forgot how good Tenement Funster was!

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 03:17 (three years ago) Permalink

Christ I'm gonna have regrets about not including more songs from this album on my ballot, tho to be fair I did include two.

this remaster is really clear too...

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 03:20 (three years ago) Permalink

Sheer Heart Attack rocks very hard indeed. it's also a whole lot of fun - Queen had this wonderful, unique thing of never taking themselves 100% seriously, so that the joy you can extract from the songs is almost uninhibited if you want it to be.

charlie h, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 04:08 (three years ago) Permalink

I still giggle whenever I hear that slide whistle on "Fairy-Feller's Master Stroke" from Queen II.

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 04:16 (three years ago) Permalink

word.

this poll is going to be a Top 39 by the way (in tribute, of course, to the song of the same name).

charlie h, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 05:12 (three years ago) Permalink

they were such a great hard rock band. i don't necessarily think isolating the different strains of their catalog would do it more justice than reveling in the variety, but a playlist of their hardest rockers would definitely be a load of fun.

― some dude, Tuesday, September 22, 2015 2:06 AM (13 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

There's already a compilation out there which leans towards their more hard rock tracks, the imaginatively-titled Queen Rocks!

Turrican, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 16:00 (three years ago) Permalink

Sheer Heart Attack is a brilliant album, IMO... A Night At The Opera is considered the "classic", but I personally would rank Sheer Heart Attack above it. In a way, I wish you could vote for 'Tenement Funster'/'Flick Of The Wrist'/'Lily Of The Valley' as one song, because on the album those three songs flow together a form a kind of suite, although if we were to go down that route, then it would make voting for parts of Queen II, particularly the second side, such a ballache.

Turrican, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 16:04 (three years ago) Permalink

I wanna talk more about this when the results thread comes up and I can point to specific examples, but for me so many of their best early rockers are let down by sloppy, probably unplanned tempo changes. There are a couple of songs where Roger just comes in at a completely different tempo than Brian and/or John, and it takes a couple of bars for everyone to follow in line behind Roger's new (slower and thumping) tempo. This isn't a problem in the piano-led songs, rocking or not. But I'll make my case as the songs come up, and it doesn't stop me from replaying the stuff in my head with all problems edited out and loving it.

Three Word Username, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 16:07 (three years ago) Permalink

Didn't vote but looking forward to the results rollout immensely.

Jeff W, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 18:45 (three years ago) Permalink

It's worth noting that there are a few songs on Sheer Heart Attack that Queen initially worked on without Brian May, because he was in hospital - I'm not sure which songs, but I'm assuming that 'Misfire' was one of them.

Turrican, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 20:54 (three years ago) Permalink

I wonder if his own Dear Friends was one

Dominique, Wednesday, 23 September 2015 00:20 (three years ago) Permalink

should be able to get this thing underway in a few hours...

charlie h, Wednesday, 23 September 2015 08:59 (three years ago) Permalink

]I wonder if his own Dear Friends was one

― Dominique, Wednesday, September 23, 2015 12:20 AM (11 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Nah, Brian was definitely involved in the recording of that one from the beginning - he plays piano on it, and aside from the vocals there's very little else!

Turrican, Wednesday, 23 September 2015 11:29 (three years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

I can't find fault with any of your Freddie picks, aside from that 'My Melancholy Blues' does very little for me. 'We Are the Champions' and 'We Will Rock You' are both fucking classic, though!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 25 January 2019 23:03 (four months ago) Permalink


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