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Queen?

They are the best band to ever walk the earth
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8%
They are probably are the best band to ever walk the earth
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10%
I like them a lot, one of the best bands ever
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44%
I love them, fantastic band such great memories
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23%
I'm not keen but I'm an idiot so my vote doesn't count
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15%
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BY sty
#807345
Me and the Mrs are off to see it tonight at the Extreme Screen at Hoyts so should be nice and loud. I know the Queen story but I'm still really looking forward to it.

I grew up with Queen, one of the first two Albums I ever bought as a kid was A Night At The Opera and over the years me and my mates played all their albums to death.

Somewhere along the way I started to listen more to their greatest hits, I blame iTunes and my iPod habit, and sort of lost track of the actual albums.

More recently I've started listening to the actual albums again and I think the thing I love so much about them was the slightly eclectic nature of the albums with the little off beat songs mixed up with the massive hits. This obviously carried through to their live shows and you can see it in the long version of the Wembley shows where you get all these little 1 or 2 minute songs and cover snippets thrown in to mix everything together. I listened to Live Killers a couple of months back for what must be the first time in 20 years and I could recall instantly every little interlude on the album, far better stuff than I was expecting.

I've also re-discovered just how wonderful a song "Spread Your Wings" is, I had the sheet music as a young lad and tried to learn to play that, it's only now I can appreciate it was not guitar sheet music so no wonder I failed badly - wouldn't mind learning a version of that now.

Anyway, love them, appreciate the actual old albums, and can't wait to see the film in a few hours time :)
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BY slash-ed
#807346
That is a great, underrated song.
BY Molly
#807358
sty wrote:
I've also re-discovered just how wonderful a song "Spread Your Wings" is, I had the sheet music as a young lad and tried to learn to play that, it's only now I can appreciate it was not guitar sheet music so no wonder I failed badly - wouldn't mind learning a version of that now.


I did this. I bought the songbook for, I'm pretty sure, News of the World. In the racks there were always books for piano and others for guitar. So, aged about eleven I bought the guitar book hoping I'd soon be playing the songs. Not a f'kin' bit of it. No tab. Just the melody on a stave and simple open chord shapes that sounded nothing like the guitar on the record. They couldn't have made less of an effort. Swore if I was ever in such a position I'd write the bloody songbooks myself.

I didn't even know that 'that' tone was called distortion; had no idea what to refer to when trying to explain the noise I wanted to make. Couldn't have known in the future all the information would be just be a few clicks away. Eeee, these young uns dun't know nuffin etc. etc.
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BY Mini Forklift Ⓥ
#807376
Brian May is a genius, the range of sounds he can create from his one guitar is staggering. He can play two notes and you can tell it's him, how many guitarists can lay claim to that? I love those sections of songs where he manages to rather convincingly make it sound like a cello or some other orchestral instrument, very clever. It's easy to underestimate how much time and effort they went into producing many of their tracks; nowadays it's a piece of cake with Pro Tools and the like but back then if you wanted multiple guitar or vocal layers you physically had to splice tape together and get it to match spot on... not an easy task.

Looking forward to seeing the film next week hopefully, it's got some shitty reviews but that often means it's probably quite good haha.
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BY olegmcnoleg
#807377
Definitely going to see the movie, I don't care how bad the reviews are. I love music movies--I think Almost Famous is my favourite. Saw the new version of A Star Is Born at the weekend and was blown away by Lady Gaga. Wow, she has some pipes...is there anything she can't sing? Great movie too--surprisingly.
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BY Litterick
#807378
Would it be going too far to say that Brian May was / is the UK's Hendrix?


Yes. Far too far.
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BY Vince
#807390
Molly wrote:
I did this. I bought the songbook for, I'm pretty sure, News of the World. In the racks there were always books for piano and others for guitar. So, aged about eleven I bought the guitar book hoping I'd soon be playing the songs. Not a f'kin' bit of it. No tab. Just the melody on a stave and simple open chord shapes that sounded nothing like the guitar on the record. They couldn't have made less of an effort. Swore if I was ever in such a position I'd write the bloody songbooks myself.



Those books were awful. I think what happened was, if there were several instruments playing, whoever was transcribing the music would use a chord window but they were trying to capture the whole group, not just the guitar part. I remember struggling with the book to Neil Young's Harvest. Most of it was pretty straightforward until you got to the orchestral songs and it was murder. Chord windows you'd never seen before or since, and heaps of them.

It was a bullshit way of doing transposing stuff but I can see the good intention behind it.
BY Molly
#807392
Litterick wrote:
Would it be going too far to say that Brian May was / is the UK's Hendrix?


Yes. Far too far.


LOL. Well, OK. Doesn't matter either way in the grand scheme of things. Definitely an innovator though. Maybe if he'd died at 27 we'd view him differently.
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BY Litterick
#807394
Maybe if he'd died at 27 we'd view him differently.


I am glad he did not die then, because he seems likeable enough. But I think you may be right. May and Queen established a good reputation with the first two albums, and improved on it with Sheer Heart Attack in 1974 (when May reached 27). But then came A Night at the Opera and all that followed. When punk emerged in 1976 , it came as a blessed relief from all that pomp, but it did not stop Queen.
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BY WellyBlues
#807402
I remember seeing the Killer Queen video on Ready to Roll back whenever. Like TOTP for you English person's. Bloody fantastic at the time. Not particularly a fan but I generally enjoy them when I hear them.
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BY Slowy
#807409
olegmcnoleg wrote:Definitely going to see the movie, I don't care how bad the reviews are. I love music movies--I think Almost Famous is my favourite. Saw the new version of A Star Is Born at the weekend and was blown away by Lady Gaga. Wow, she has some pipes...is there anything she can't sing? Great movie too--surprisingly.

Saw the movie tonight. Haven't enjoyed a movie this much in ages. Rami Malek became Freddy and carried me along for the ride.
Not interested in analysing the pros and cons; I paid my money and it was two hours very well spent. Loved it.
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BY slash-ed
#807410
Lol it's definitely the people who spell it Freddy who probably get the most out of this movie.