Friday, April 19, 2013

Q is for Queen

Parachute pants, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Growing Pains, L.A. Gear, Breakfast Club....what do all of these have in common? They all helped define the 80s. Come take a fun "Journey" with me as we revisit the totally radical decade.

Queen set the standard for stadium rock in the 80s. They first came into prominence in the late 70s, but they reached iconic status in the 80s.

From 1975-1979, Queen released two songs that I will forever associate with sports: "We are the Champions" and "We Will Rock You." Other hits in this decade include: "Somebody to Love," "Fat Bottomed Girls," "Bicycle," and "Don't Stop Me Now." Who doesn't love "Bohemian Rhapsody?" Just a great decade for Queen.

As I kid, I remember hearing "Crazing Little Thing Called Love," and it was such a departure from their normal rock style, I thought it was an Elvis remake. On the playground, we'd sing "Another One Bites the Dust" when playing basketball or soccer, followed by "We are the Champions." By the way, Michael Jackson actually convinced them to release "Another One Bites the Dust" as a single.

Science fiction fans know Queen for their Flash Gordon soundtrack (1983) and Highlander (1986). The music from both movies was so energetic, I still listen to them on my iPod when I exercise. Gets you pumped up!

In the late 80s, I remember seeing Freddie Mercury on TV and was shocked at how thin he looked. He passed away in 1991 from complications from AIDS.

Despite the tragedy that befell the group, and the wordwide headlines it made, my fondest memory will always and forever been Queen's 1985 live performance for Live Aid. Queen just completely dominated Wembley Stadium. Freddie Mercury had all 72,000 people on their feet, and he controlled the energy in there like a maestro. Queen ruled the world during that performance.

The 20 minute set has often been voted the best live rock performance EVER. And I agree.




20 comments:

mooderino said...

I was always a fan but Live Aid really changed their place in the world.

mood
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Riann Colton said...

I don't think I truly appreciated or realized the depth of Queen's talents until I was out of the 80s and I was older.

Watching this makes me realize that there was nothing about the 80s in their music. The decade didn't define them, they defined the era.

And boy-howdy those are some tight jeans...pre-Lycra being added to denim too!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Oh Bohemian Rhapsody! *Sways* Queen's a legend.

Melanie Schulz said...

Queen was one of my favorite records. (Yes, I said record)

Brinda said...

We were of like mind on this one. My post today is also Queen. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yes, I was one of those geeks who dug Flash Gordon. Their music for Highlander was even better.

Miranda Hardy said...

Queen is an all time favorite of mine. I love the tunes!

farawayeyes said...

Of course, Queen dominated in a live performance. They (or should I say Freddie) had such an incredible sound that was NOT manufactured. Thanks, this was a great post.

Jay Noel said...

mooderno: Yup, watching it on MTV, it gave me goosebumps.

Riann: I'm the same way. Didn't really realize their greatness until the 90s after Freddie passed.

Sheena: One of the best songs EVER!

Melanie: I caught that.

Brinda: YES! I will check it out.

Alex: I remember that tribal drum beat...

Miranda: Glad you enjoyed it.

faraway: Yeah, Freddie owned that stage.

Michael Offutt, S.F.A. said...

I'm so glad that AIDS is retreating before the advancement of science and evolving medicine. Someday I hope it is eradicated from the Earth.

RIP Freddie Mercury. You will always be one of the greats.

Pk Hrezo said...

Yep Queen rocked. Highlander soundtrack is one of my faves. And Freddie can rock the house even in his wife beater!

Rusty Webb said...

And Brian May got his doctorate a few years ago, apparently his band got in the way of his education. I'm glad he finished up. I wonder if all the other astronomers get jealous.

Tony Laplume said...

Queen was one of the best music acts ever.

Cynthia said...

Queen put out some great hits. I love Bohemian Rhapsody.

Tony Acree said...

My girls loved hearing Anne Hathaway sing Somebody to Love in Ella Enchanted. I then introduced them to the original version, followed by every other Queen hit and there is now a new generation of Acrees bopping their heads to the beat. For silly fun, I nominate Fat Bottomed Girls.

Robin said...

Freddy Mercury was simply amazing. He was an incredible talent. And what an entertainer. I remember watching Live Aid voraciously. I loved it. I was astounded by the performances. So many wonderful musicians came out for the event and really gave it 110%. Queen Rocked It Out. Love This Band.

Shell Flower said...

I also associate Queen with sports, particularly middle school pep rallies and such. They were so awesome. Live Aid 1985 was just amazing.

Mr. Shife said...

Lots of good memories of Queen from my younger days especially from watching "Flash Gordon." Have a good weekend, Jay.

The Desert Rocks said...

Still one of my favorite bands. I have their CDs and love rocking out in the car or on my MP3 player. Freddie Mercury was a genius.

michelle said...

There will never be another Freddie Mercury and Bohemian Rhapsody has to be amongst the greatest songs of all time...

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