No Justice at Queen’s Court

Source: Melody Maker ~1975

Submitted by: Art Van-Delay


by Phil Genoux, WHY CAN’T there be any justice in Rock Music? The recent critical acclamation of Queen and their new Album strikes me as the paragon of injustice.

Queen’s music and image are just pure hype: “We don’t want to be outrageous. It’s in us” Freddie Mercury tells us; surely no one falls for this in 1975? However, the answer is, sadly, that the record-buying public and the critics lap it up. For example, in his review of the Album ‘A Night At The Opera’, Harry Doherty states that Freddie Mercury’s “eccentricity is disclosed on ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’”. Yet this “eccentricity” is carefully contrived by Freddie Mercury with the aim of trying to project himself as an outstanding phenomenon.

Now that Queen have got the press on their side, there is nothing to stop them from fooling thousands of rock fans into believing that they are one of the true originals of rock.

The unadulterated bias of the press, as well as its apparent gullibility, is most distasteful. For example, when Pink Floyd took a very long time to make ‘Wish You Were Here’, this was seen in Floyd by the critics as “lack of confidence in their own material”. Whereas when Queen took a long time over their Album ‘A Night At The Opera’ it was seen by Harry Doherty as “perfectionism”.

Rock, then, I am left to conclude, is a dirty game, of which the sole objective is to make as much money as possible. And it seems that Harry Doherty is the prototype sucker in this game; the best album other than Queen’s, ‘A Night At The Opera’ released this year, so Harry Doherty tells us, is Roxy Music’s ‘Syren’, which is another example of music which is accompanied by a grossly overplayed image for the purpose of material gain. Unless the record-buying public and the rock critics wake up to the fact that they are being exploited by the likes of Queen, then there is no chance of true talent getting its rightful acclaim, and therefore no chance of there ever being justice in rock music.