Our good chum on QZ, Benn, made the following point on another thread to me. It is so.... errr.... amusing/startling, that I felt it worthy of a new thread. Wait til you turn around and see this...
If my mum had seen this first, her reaction would probably have been something like... "Ah, bless him." So, Benn, consider your little self blessed at this rather bless-abundant time of year.
REFERRING TO MY 'LAST WORD ON QUEEN SINGLES' THREAD, BENN WROTE.... Greg,
All fine and well put and backs up exactly what you told us in the first place. It begs the question though, if you were so convinced that your work on the ORIGINAL set was so good, why on EARTH did you and Gary agree to work on something so far below your collective standards as archivist and hostorian etc? Haven't you completely compromised yourselves here? Didn't you ever turn around to QPL and say "No - this is not what should be released.
GB: You simply have to love this question! Seriously. This is among the most startlingly incredible things that's ever been suggested to me. But, being the generous, considerate and generally amiable kind of chap I am, and a bit bored at the moment, let me offer these points in response.
Benn: It begs the question though, if you were so convinced that your work on the ORIGINAL set was so good, why on EARTH did you and Gary agree to work on something so far below your collective standards as archivist and hostorian etc?
GB: Well, Benjamin, Gary and I considered writing to the band and saying, words to the effect, "Hey Queen band members, our original ideas were/are FAR better than yourn. What are you thinking of; changing the concept from 10-CDs to something lesser? Good Lord chaps, you should listen to us and abandon this folly." But then Gary and I had a chat and Gary thought that approach might be mildly flawed. I agreed after several hours further debate in the office. Our chat continued into the small hours...
"Gary," I said, "How about I write to Jim Beach and tell him that we shouldn't really be working on 'something so far below our collective standards as archivist and hostorians etc?'"
"Don't be silly, Greg," Gary replied. "Let's just continue to work with the Queen boys and grin and bear it and say nothing and just, kind of, martyr ourselves for this project."
"Good plan," replied I. "Yes, this project might be 'so far below our collective standards as archivist and hostorians etc, and all that 'beneath us' type stuff, but we must stick with it - even if the white and purple colour scheme (that 'clear' on QZ will hate) really looks weird."
BENN then went on, if you can believe it, to add.... 'Didn't you ever turn around to QPL and say "No - this is not what should be released."
GB: Firstly, I seldom feel the need to 'turn around' before I speak. I know that a lot of people in England apparently "turn around" and say things, these days, but I'm not one of them - unless I happen to be in a car going around a roundabout at the time: thus in that instance I might turn around and say something. Generally though, unlike Benn, I don't usually turn around to say things..... oh, unless of course someone is standing behind me when they address me - which is very rare - and then I might turn around to reply.
Anyway.... 'Didn't you ever turn around to QPL and say "No - this is not what should be released."
Errrrrr..... mmmmmm! It's a difficult one. No. It never occurred to me to turn around and say that. But, let's imagine I had......
"Hello Queen band members. And good morning Jim."
"Morning our Archivist."
"You look well today GB."
"Ta very much Brian."
"And you guys all look really well too."
[Collective thanks from all present]
"So what's so urgent that you needed to call us here to your Cotswold weekend cottage at a moment's notice, Greg?"
"Well, Roger, sorry about that, but it's to do with this Queen Singles box set. And it just couldn't wait."
"Box 1 of 4, you mean?"
"Aye lad, that's the one."
"What about it?"
"Well, beloved Queen members..... No - this is not what should be released."
"I said.... "No - this is not what should be released."
"How dare you tell us what should not be released."
"Mmmmm. I thought you might say that, members of Queen who employ my services merely on a consultancy level."
"Jim, did you here what our archivist just said?"
"Yes. He turned around and said... "No - this is not what should be released."
"How dare he."
"Sorry chaps. I was just thinking ahead to what the Queenzone boys might say."
"The Queenzone boys."
"Boyzone, do you mean? That boy band?"
"No, founder Queen member, I mean the fan site.... Queenzone. What if they turn round and say something bad about the project....?"
[Brian is curious at this]
"You mean that one of them might turn around and say something like.... 'Haven't you completely compromised yourselves here?' and 'Didn't you ever turn around to QPL and say "No - this is not what should be released."
"Yes, Brian, that's exactly what I mean."
"Ok. I see your point. It's a tricky one. Those QZ boys really do provide great food for thought, so let's not be hasty here. Let's meet back here wednesday week and discuss it again. That's what I'm turning round and suggesting."
"Good one, Brian May. I think you turned round and said that in most helpful and understanding fashion. See you then."
"I think I might turn around now and tell you to turn around and go back to the archive. Do you follow me?"
"Have I spoken out of turn (around)?"
Benn.... I don't think what you have suggested was quite the most realistic concept ever put forward, but I have to admire your outright fifth dimension thinking. Good on ya. And bless you.