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Posted: 31 Aug 09, 21:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Weird Al Yankovic has recently released a song called "Ringtone" on his new album, Internet Leaks, which references many Queen songs. Most heavily sampled is "Don't Stop Me Now", however, even some Queen songs which weren't singles are used, such as "You and I." The cover art for Ringtone also draws from A Night at the Opera's album cover. SuperNews! has created a video for Ringtone on YouTube. Brian May commented on Ringtone on his site. He appreciated the musical nod and noted the fine guitar-work.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktdPi6HgNp8

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Posted: 01 Sep 09, 15:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Reading the comments left by users on YouTube, I see that someone wrote:

"Beginning: don't stop me now/ Bohemian rhapsody
.35: Now i'm here
.42: Liar
Throughout the song there are parts which resemble in only seven days, let me
entertain you, if you cant beat them, you and i.... "


Although I definitely do see it as a style-homge (guitar, vocal harmonies, etc.), does anyone hear any references to specific Queen songs? The only one I hear is at the last few seconds, which sounds like the end of The Show Must Go On.


























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Posted: 01 Sep 09, 15:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Its a kinda cool song.  I didn't listen for specific song references, although it reminded me strongly of Queen several times.  i loved the idea of a song about ringtones people hate!

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Posted: 02 Sep 09, 03:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



Japanese Torture wrote:

Reading the comments left by users on YouTube, I see that someone wrote:

"Beginning: don't stop me now/ Bohemian rhapsody
.35: Now i'm here
.42: Liar
Throughout the song there are parts which resemble in only seven days, let me
entertain you, if you cant beat them, you and i.... "


Although I definitely do see it as a style-homge (guitar, vocal harmonies, etc.), does anyone hear any references to specific Queen songs? The only one I hear is at the last few seconds, which sounds like the end of The Show Must Go On

Come on, you've got to be deaf if you don't at least hear the "Now I'm Here" riff starting at 00:35...



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Posted: 02 Sep 09, 06:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I didn't hear any of these songs in it.
Guitar an vocal style is queen influenced but it's so overdone it makes me wanna puke.

Weird Al's time is so over.

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Posted: 02 Sep 09, 14:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The artwork looks Queen like too

Attachment: 0919021859263975.jpg 6 KB
This has been downloaded 22 time(s).


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Posted: 02 Sep 09, 21:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Everyone can notice the Don't Stop Me Now and Now I'm Here comparisons. Also, the beginning line about regrets is similar to We Are the Champions, and the very last part is similar to the end of Headlong.



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Posted: 03 Sep 09, 00:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It's great. T'is nice to see some Queen influences.


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Posted: 03 Sep 09, 01:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



 



LucTonnerre wrote:



I didn't hear any of these songs in it.
Guitar an vocal style is queen influenced but it's so overdone it makes me wanna puke.



 



 



Weird Al's time is so over.



 





agree with the songs and all...

not sure about all being over..

fuck we have Q+PR...
so why not





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Posted: 03 Sep 09, 04:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I don't get it.  If he can do it, why can't Brian and Roger?

(shrugs)


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Posted: 03 Sep 09, 06:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I actually think this is more like Queen than Weird Al's song




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Posted: 03 Sep 09, 10:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

This is spooky...
Did you notice Wierd Al has the same shirt on as Freddie has in the Somebody To Love video?
This is like the DaVinci Code all over again for me... shivers down my spine I tell you :S


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Posted: 03 Sep 09, 16:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Weird Al even got Brian's guitar sound right  :)  They could delete the vocals off it and throw it in the middle of a Queen album from the '70s and it would work.  It sounds like Queen but I don't hear any Queen songs specifically.


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Posted: 05 Sep 09, 05:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



goinback wrote:

Weird Al even got Brian's guitar sound right  :)  They could delete the vocals off it and throw it in the middle of a Queen album from the '70s and it would work.  It sounds like Queen but I don't hear any Queen songs specifically.


Probably Rick Derringer who should get the credit for sounding like Brian.  Al would be happy enough reading your last sentence though.






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Posted: 06 Sep 09, 00:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

How many Queen songs can you find?
http://www.queenzone.com/forums/1199403/how-many-queen-songs-can-you-find-on-weird-als-ringtone.aspx



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Posted: 06 Sep 09, 09:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



Mr Mercury wrote:

I actually think this is more like Queen than Weird Al's song








Haha, I love it!

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Posted: 06 Sep 09, 11:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Queen + Weird Al Yankovic?


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Posted: 07 Sep 09, 10:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



 



Pim Derks wrote:



Queen + Weird Al Yankovic?



 



Cue Sebastian saying that Brian and Roger will tell that Weird Al was Freddie's favorite singer after Paul Rodgers and Adam Lambert...

Some jokes never get old (not this one, though).

:)




 



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Posted: 07 Sep 09, 16:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



 



Pim Derks wrote:



Queen + Weird Al Yankovic?


Q+WAY 
Hmmm...







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Posted: 08 Sep 09, 06:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

'Weird' surely isn't part of his name, it'd be just Q+AL - and Brian's already been stenciling that onto all of his roadcases anyway ....


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