WootBot


quality posts: 15 Private Messages WootBot

Staff

Happy Music Monday! There was no front man like Freddie Mercury. There will never again be a front man like Freddie Mercury. For a big chunk of his life, Freddie Mercury wasn’t even Freddie Mercury! That mustached rock god didn’t turn up until well after Queen was an established band, but now? How could he have been anything else? Today Scott’s paying tribute to a true rock-n-roll hero. Happy Belated Birthday, Freddie. This post’s all about you.

Queen - Stone Cold Crazy

 

Yeah, this long-haired metal king IS the same guy who’d be singing fond ballads near the end of his life! And it IS an incredible song! The best part about Freddie Mercury is that he could sell almost anything. A rock song about a water gun might get laughed off the stage today, but with Queen? People are throwing devil horns and singing along.

More tribute, after the jump!

Queen - Don’t Stop Me Now

 

Freddie always made his songs feel happy, but still a little bit sad. Listen to this entire list of how he can’t be stopped, and how great he is, and how incredible life is going… and then note how he asks you not to stop him yet. Why would a guy that great really need your permission? It could just be my imagination, but in every one of Freddie’s songs, you can kinda hear how he’s reaching out to the fans, to make sure they know their opinion matters too.

Queen - Radio Ga Ga, Wembley Stadium

 

Then there’s this. People as far as the eye can see, warmed up by hours and hours of great music, simulcast globally… and Freddie just walks up to the edge of the stage and says CLAP YOU GUYS and they do it. And he’s still not done with them! If ever there was a perfect set, Queen’s Live Aid performance was it.

Freddie Mercury - Barcelona

 

Now, as a solo project, the bar goes down a bit, right? Look at the Mick Jagger records and the Arcadia stuff to see what you can get when a band walks away from each other for a bit. And yet… this is pretty good, right? It at least could have been a solid little known b-side for a Queen record. Freddie wasn’t one of those singers that the rest of the band carried on their backs. He brought it just as much as the rest of them did.

Queen - These Are The Days Of Our Lives

 

Even as he was going out, Freddie still gave as much as he could. This video was released on September 5th, 1991, making it the most appropriate one to close things out here. Freddie would pass on just a few months later, but you’d never know it from that smile at the end.

Post your love for Freddie Mercury freely. If you didn’t like Freddie Mercury, you’re wrong and should watch all these videos and reconsider your live. Either way, see you next week.

hot72chev


quality posts: 13 Private Messages hot72chev

A personal favorite - I'm in love with my car

No badges cluttering up this signature...no-sir-ee-bob.

mossygreen


quality posts: 75 Private Messages mossygreen

I'm just going to put the entire soundtrack to Flash Gordon here, even though according to wikipedia it's mostly instrumental and Freddie only wrote four of the songs, because it's JUST SO GOOD. And features the sexy, sexy voice of Peter Wyngarde, who I very much hope was able to perform the acts of his choice upon Mr. Mercury for both of their sakes ("sakes" here = pleasure).


On the other hand, I am still mad that I cannot find the footage of Queen performing Another One Bites the Dust on Solid Gold, even though wikipedia again assures me that all episodes are extant, somewhere. Because I totally, distinctly remember watching it.

mossygreen


quality posts: 75 Private Messages mossygreen

Also: it is fascinating to remember that Freddie was the first Asian superstar in the West, although he never made a big deal over it (you can bet that today you'd hear endlessly about a Parsi Zoroastrian born in Zanzibar).

Edit: or would it be a Zoroastrian Parsi born in Zanzibar? I am unclear on which should be the noun, and which should be the adjective, if either.

strawhousepig


quality posts: 60 Private Messages strawhousepig
hot72chev wrote:A personal favorite - I'm in love with my car


Well, that certainly makes sense. Though not so much about Mr. Mercury. ;p

Personal favorite of mine. [NSFW] Queen - Bicycle Race (Official Video) - YouTube

CatCK


quality posts: 52 Private Messages CatCK

The first two clips that came to mind were the Live Aid set and Barcelona - but you've already posted those.

So, I'll provide this - my favorite Queen song:



However, your Live Aid link does not work, so here it is. It's over 25 minutes, but so worth it.



Happy Birthday, Freddie. We miss you.

Moueska


quality posts: 54 Private Messages Moueska

strawhousepig


quality posts: 60 Private Messages strawhousepig

Speaking of audience participation: Under Pressure



You can tell they impressed him because of the "flunk you" at 1:50.

pauly1206


quality posts: 16 Private Messages pauly1206

Their Best song IMO

pauly1206


quality posts: 16 Private Messages pauly1206

OR this one, Queen was my first concert ever...


LarryLars


quality posts: 67 Private Messages LarryLars

I was lucky enough to see Queen in concert. Thanks for the memories Freddie et al. Posting a song that was their first single release:

!
Have you checked your Private Messages lately?

troessler


quality posts: 0 Private Messages troessler

Best thread ever. Dead on. (Versus Dead On Time, one of a thousand great Queen song)

T

Ps Google Freddie For A Day. Good cause.