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Posted: 31 Oct 09, 13:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think most people heard about Queen in 1974 when they released Seven Seas of Rhye and Killer Queen and they became a popular band. I think everyone heard about them in 1975, Bohemian Rhapsody and A Night at the Opera though I know a lot of people who first heard about Queen in 1973 through School and friends ect. They were told that there was this Great Knew Band around like Led Zep ect and they soon went to the stores to buy the albums. Unfortuantlely some of these fans stopped after A Day at the Races, the main reasons because they though their direction was more Pop Rock and not so Heavy or varied in styles and they soon got interested in Rush but they still kept interest with the singles in the future and liked their later stuff but did not buy the albums and when Freddie died they did leave tributes, though these fans are drummers and probably did not buy Queen stuff after  ADATR because they thought the drumming was not as good. Anyway I disagree.

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Posted: 01 Nov 09, 02:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Don't know what your friends are hearing,,,,,,news of the world has some great drum work, and  Jazz has some great drumming too, though the sound on Jazz ruins it a bit.   Just listen to the drums on "It's late" "entertain you" and "dead on time."   In the eighties roger became average.

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Posted: 01 Nov 09, 11:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yes, I agree. Roger was a better drummer in the 70s. But I think Quenn's style (maybe just Roger's) changed when the decade changed. When the 80s came along, they were more 80s. So thats my opinion. Anyway, when I first heard Queen, I wasn't really that impressed because it was We Are the Champions or We Will Rock You. Good songs, but i was never really blown away. But then I saw the video for Bohemian Rhapsody and couldn't stop listening to them.


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Posted: 01 Nov 09, 21:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Living in the states, my first impression of Queen was through Killer Queen, and, my first feeling was a response to the richness of the melody, so distinct and soaring I immediately wanted to hear more. Queen never disappointed me; they changed with the times, it seemed. There early stuff suited my early self. When the eighties began, their music changed to suit the me who was going into dance clubs, etc.
Looking back, and, listening back, I do prefer their earlier work until Innuendo, however, I still love most of their music--even Hot Space.

Seeing them live in the early eighties,  my impression was of four guys who managed to create such a HUGE, rich, complex sound with just four musicians(Freddie was still playing piano, at the point I saw them) on stage. That was my biggest revelation after seeing them live for the first time.


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Posted: 02 Nov 09, 03:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



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Yes, I agree. Roger was a better drummer in the 70s. But I think Quenn's style (maybe just Roger's) changed when the decade changed. When the 80s came along, they were more 80s. So thats my opinion. Anyway, when I first heard Queen, I wasn't really that impressed because it was We Are the Champions or We Will Rock You. Good songs, but i was never really blown away. But then I saw the video for Bohemian Rhapsody and couldn't stop listening to them.





Yea, but queen had a decent amount of rock songs to Judge in the 80's. Tear it up, hammer to fall, one vision, gimme the prize all were second rate drumming for roger.   Innuendo is another album with weak drums.  Headlong and the hitman would have been much improved with a stronger drummer.



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Posted: 02 Nov 09, 03:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

My first Impression of Queen were the early stuff, and Was blown away by the first 5 albums.  Even the 80's I thought was good when I first heard it.  I heard so many horror stories about 80's Queen that I was surprised how good some of the stuff was.

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Posted: 02 Nov 09, 10:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I don't exactly remember the first time i heard them but I'm pretty sure it was around Radio GaGa time which would have been when I was 9 or 10 and was the first single I ever owned( It was either that or the frog chorus by Sir Paul)

I do remember the first time I listened to the AKOM album. It was late at night and  I decided to listen to it in bed on my walkman. I remember the intro to one vision started and I nearly shit myself so I turned it off and listened to it in the light of day instead and loved it. Please bear in mind I was only a kid! I also remember them from live aid, just for radio gaga I think.


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Posted: 02 Nov 09, 10:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The first song I heard properly was Bijou. My impressions? I was stunned. I still clearly remember how music filled the room. It was like another dimention.

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Posted: 02 Nov 09, 13:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It was One Vision,then i bought the album and remember the salesman said to me: "Are you ready to fly",that was the exact words... :)



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Posted: 02 Nov 09, 13:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Bo Rap.

Tommy Cooper, Windsor Davies, Larry Grayson and Michael Crawford. But I was never any good.


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Posted: 02 Nov 09, 14:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Being only 18, I never had a chance to hear any of the singles as they came out. When I was 7 or so, my dad played me and my sister the Gross Point Blank soundtrack, which had Under Pressure and Blister In The Sun on it. I loved both of those songs and they're probably some of the first songs I knew the words to.

I actually started getting into Queen about 4 years ago in my freshman or sophmore year of school. I saw Wayne's World at that time and hearing Bo Rhap for the first time made me so interested in it; it was like nothing I had heard before. I began learning more about them and listening to more of their songs on the internet and here I am today!

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Posted: 02 Nov 09, 14:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

In the car in '84 listening to The Works cassette outside Woolworths (British store, now closed) in North Wales three times over before being told to piss off my the traffic warden.  Told him to not Keep Passing the Open Windows.

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Posted: 02 Nov 09, 23:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Interestingly, though our experiences were decades apart in time, our basic feeling on hearing Bo Rhap for the first time are similar!



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I actually started getting into Queen about 4 years ago in my freshman or sophmore year of school. I saw Wayne's World at that time and hearing Bo Rhap for the first time made me so interested in it; it was like nothing I had heard before. I began learning more about them and listening to more of their songs on the internet and here I am today!










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Posted: 05 Nov 09, 03:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I first got into them this year, when dream theater did a cover of tenement funster/flick of the wrist/lily of the valley on their album. I then got ADATR, ANATO & SHA. I was literally amazed!!! I then got Queen, Queen II, NOTW, Jazz, The Game. Woah!! This was something I had not heard ever before!! It was quick and interesting, but with brilliantly constructed melodies and sharp guitar solos. I then got every other album, from Hotspace to Made in Heaven. I do like their earlier stuff a lot better than their later stuff, but the 80's and 90's stuff is still excellent. There was one song that stood out too me on ANATO, more than any other song!! I was not Bo Rhap, brilliant as it is, but I'm in love with my car. I thought it was the most funny song, especially the lyrics!! It is now my favourite song. LONG LIVE QUEEN!!



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Posted: 05 Nov 09, 03:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I just remember thinking "what a bunch of awful poofs".

(My actual answer is - I dunno I was about 4 and we were all jazzed with our new CD player because we had new copies of Jesus Christ Superstar, War of the Worlds, and Queen's Greatest Hits.  That was a hell of a Christmas).


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Posted: 05 Nov 09, 03:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I grew up in Britain so I don't remember the first time I heard Queen - they were too embedded in the cultural consciousness.  It was more that I became AWARE of them.  This was when I was 5 and Freddie died.  I thought he'd died and gone to hell for killing someone (bo rhap lyrics) and the video for Bohemian Rhapsody made me really, really scared.  Yet, even at that tender age, I knew they were awesome, especially Brians hair.


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Posted: 06 Nov 09, 19:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I was in 1st grade and heard bo rhap on the radio.  opera section only.  i was totally freaked.  now, i love queen.


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Zebonka12 wrote:

I just remember thinking "what a bunch of awful poofs".

(My actual answer is - I dunno I was about 4 and we were all jazzed with our new CD player because we had new copies of Jesus Christ Superstar, War of the Worlds, and Queen's Greatest Hits.  That was a hell of a Christmas).

Jesus Christ Superstar ROCKS! I ruined The Neighborhood play/movie by refusing to dance, "seriously," during my scene, despite my, "director's," instructions. It was 1974, and I was ten. Dancing was for hippies.
 
That was also My Year Of Discovering Queen.








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Posted: 15 Nov 09, 21:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



Angeline wrote:

I grew up in Britain so I don't remember the first time I heard Queen - they were too embedded in the cultural consciousness.  It was more that I became AWARE of them. 


such a good way of putting it.  I don't remember exactly when I FIRST heard Queen.  I was born in 1980 and my mum has told me that when The Works came out in 1984, I used to run around in a vest with a broomstick pretending to be Freddie singing I Want To Break Free.  In 1991, when he died, I was aware of who he was but could not put name to my previous (if it is true...) actions.  In 1995, when Made In Heaven came out, my mate told me how cool Queen were and that I should listen to that album.  It was beautiful, IMO.  Funnily enough, that same night Channel 4 was showing Live At Wembley.  I was hooked from then on, but was naive not to realise that the "new" songs I was hearing were actually Queen.  How the fuck could I not know that Bo Rhap, A Kind Of Magic, Another One Bites The Dust etc were by Queen?  I remember liking those songs, but never knew who performed them.  But anyway, I digress, it was MIH that I first noticed Queen and the title track in particular made me want more!  They are truly the greatest band I have EVER heard, and although I have quite an eclectic taste, I always end up coming back "home" to Queen. 







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Posted: 16 Nov 09, 02:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The first time I heard Queen, I think I was 6 years old; & I heard the 'Rick Rubin remix' of "We Will Rock You." I didn't know what to think of it...and my friend said, "they play part of the real version of this song in baseball & football games." I kind of forgot about it...then two years later another chum had their U.S. Greatest Hits & played it at an end of the year school party during the last day of classes. My reaction then was, "This is great! Why haven't I heard this before?!"



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