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Posted: 06 Dec 09, 12:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

This song sounds very much like 'Another One Bites The Dust'...Or atleast its hinting in the direction they were soon going to go on The Game. All the same elements are there, especially the drum beat. Just figured I would see if anybody else picks up on this.


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Posted: 06 Dec 09, 14:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

No, I don't think so.
And for me, Fun It has the worst drumsound ever of a queen song and is the worst song from Roger imo.



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Posted: 06 Dec 09, 17:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hmm you really think so? I never said the drum sound was great just that it resembled 'AOBTD'...lol. I'm not a big fan of Dust either. Now for saying its the worst song from Roger I would gladly throw 'Loser In the End' up against it, but I respect you're opinion..


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Posted: 06 Dec 09, 17:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

If the two songs had the same composer, I'd buy into that a little bit more, but not much. By my estimation, you can always pick out a Roger Taylor song immediately, whereas many of the band's other songs could arguably be by a couple of different authors.



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Posted: 06 Dec 09, 17:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yeah, that drumsound part is just something I really don't like, I know you didn't ask, lol.
And I too think 'Loser in the end' isn't one of Roger's best but still I love that song more than 'Fun it'.
But maybe I'm the only one who doesn't think that Fun It is a precursor for AOBTD. :)




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Posted: 06 Dec 09, 18:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

John could've gotten the sound from Roger. And, I like all of Roger's songs. But that's just my opinion.


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Posted: 07 Dec 09, 01:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Fun it is Queen's worst song IMO,  also more of that Jazz.  Loser in the end is a little better, but should have never been on Queen2.

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Posted: 07 Dec 09, 02:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I do believe Fun It. is a precursor for AOBTD (and even Hot Space). It's got the simple drum beat, and the funky bass line.


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Posted: 07 Dec 09, 03:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Even though I do like Roger's singing in both his Jazz songs, I still think this particular contribution was the weakest in his entire career.




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Posted: 07 Dec 09, 06:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Ah, good, a simple question: no.



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Posted: 07 Dec 09, 06:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

My opinion is that AOBTD had nothing to do with Fun It, and the fact that John never cited it as a building block for his song seems to prove it. Whilst both songs had intentions to be heard on the dancefloor, Fun It had more in common with Rick Dee's 'Disco Duck' (a silly novelty tune) than with 'proper' disco.

John has gone on record saying that AOBTD was clearly influenced by his background in black music, and the fact that the bass line is loosely based on the one on Chic's 'Good Times' is clearly evident of this.

But you're forgiven if you think they're connected somehow. Indeed, credit goes to Roger for being the first to experiment with a disco/funk sound, which can be traced back to the laden protofunk of 'Fight From the Inside' from 1977.


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Posted: 07 Dec 09, 08:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



ThomasQuinn wrote:

Ah, good, a simple question: no.


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Posted: 07 Dec 09, 20:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I agree whole heartedly that it was a real crummy song..lol. However there are aspects of it that sound very similar to AOBTD...I do like the way Freddie sings the verses, even though the lyrics themselves are crummy. Thanks for all the feedback though, interesting thoughts/opinions for sure..


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Posted: 08 Dec 09, 02:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



 



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My opinion is that AOBTD had nothing to do with Fun It, and the fact that John never cited it as a building block for his song seems to prove it. Whilst both songs had intentions to be heard on the dancefloor, Fun It had more in common with Rick Dee's 'Disco Duck' (a silly novelty tune) than with 'proper' disco.

John has gone on record saying that AOBTD was clearly influenced by his background in black music, and the fact that the bass line is loosely based on the one on Chic's 'Good Times' is clearly evident of this.

But you're forgiven if you think they're connected somehow. Indeed, credit goes to Roger for being the first to experiment with a disco/funk sound, which can be traced back to the laden protofunk of 'Fight From the Inside' from 1977.




"roger being the first too experiment with disco/funk"  thanks for bringing that up!....queenzoners like to bash freddie and John for the disco funk sounds of Queen of the early 80's,  but the reality is it was roger who started the whole disco sounds with "fun it" IMO, the song is even worse than body language.    So people should stop blaming freddie and John for hot space.  Especially when roger was doing that new wave crap like coming soon, and calling all girls.





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Posted: 08 Dec 09, 10:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



Was "Fun it" recorded before AOBTD? Yes.



Does it have a similar sound and style? Yes



Would AOBTD have existed if "Fun it" hadn't? Most likely, Yes.

So the answer to your question is -actually- no.



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Now seriously, I can see the similarities but John never acknowledged this in any interview. Consider John appears to be a very modest guy and he always gave a lot of credit to the other three, like with One Vision. I'm sure he would have brought it up in any of the many interviews he must have got around the time AOBTD was a hit.

Also, as someone else pointed out, John's musical roots and tastes had a lot to do with it.



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Posted: 08 Dec 09, 16:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote


I like all those songs. =/

Maybe it's just me, but I thought Queen's worst song was Freddie's compostition of "Yeah." It was on a good album, but I just personally didn't care for the drums, guitar, bass, OR the lyrics, though the singing was nice.

Roger was one of my favorite writers, particular for his rock attitude that was so abrupt in all of the mystics of Queen's first albums. Just when you were settled into the land of Rhye, and you could almost see the snow falling gracefully onto this beautiful land, with dragons and fairy's overhead-WHAM-gotta get a hair piece on your chest and a ring through your nose! It was hilarious, and it just hit you without warning. 

And how do you not like "More of That Jazz?" A good riff, amazing vocals, by all means the song was fabulous, and though "Fun It" certainly wasn't the strongest track on Jazz, it wasn't BAD by any means.