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Posted: 02 Apr 10, 20:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

In 1973, when Queen released Keep Yourself Alive, it was not played at all by the Radio Stations. However the song was played on BBC Radio 2 the Other Day. I wounder if early songs like Keep Yourself Alive, Rhye, Now I'm Here etc were played more they might be more recognisible with the public.

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Posted: 02 Apr 10, 20:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Keep yourself alive gets a few spins on ny rock radio stations....not as much as it should though.

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Posted: 02 Apr 10, 22:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I've heard a fair amount of Queen on local stations over the years. Some memorable tracks include:

Liar & Sweet Lady back to back.

Tenement Funster/Flick Of The Wrist/Lily Of The Valley in it's entirety.

Otherwise it's pretty much hits I hear on the radio. Q107 in Toronto gives Queen a decent amount of airplay, often in the morning when I get up before work (that's the only regular time I listen). 





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Posted: 03 Apr 10, 00:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

About a month ago I heard "Body Language" on the radio here in Monterrey, Mexico. I couldn't believe it, hehe :).

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In 1973, when Queen released Keep Yourself Alive, it was not played at all by the Radio Stations. However the song was played on BBC Radio 2 the Other Day. I wounder if early songs like Keep Yourself Alive, Rhye, Now I'm Here etc were played more they might be more recognisible with the public.

Sorry to correct you, but "Keep yourself alive" was played by Radio Luxemburg as a so called "Powerplay". That meant, for a week it was played once every hour in the evenings. That was my first encounter with "Queen". 
I even remember hearing it for the first time, cause I first thought it was the new single by "Sweet", there were some similarities in the sound. Not to forget that Radio Luxemburg was only available on Medium wave.
That meant poor sound. But yet it was extremely popular all over Europe in those days, as there was nothing else on air at night playing all that great stuff.








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Posted: 03 Apr 10, 07:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Heard it once, D.L.T. , Radio 1,  one afternoon in '76.



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In 1973, when Queen released Keep Yourself Alive, it was not played at all by the Radio Stations. However the song was played on BBC Radio 2 the Other Day. I wounder if early songs like Keep Yourself Alive, Rhye, Now I'm Here etc were played more they might be more recognisible with the public.





Sorry to correct you, but "Keep yourself alive" was played by Radio Luxemburg as a so called "Powerplay". That meant, for a week it was played once every hour in the evenings. That was my first encounter with "Queen". 
I even remember hearing it for the first time, cause I first thought it was the new single by "Sweet", there were some similarities in the sound. Not to forget that Radio Luxemburg was only available on Medium wave.
That meant poor sound. But yet it was extremely popular all over Europe in those days, as there was nothing else on air at night playing all that great stuff.







Yes trying to listen to Radio Luxembourg in those days was pretty difficult: terrible sound and lots of interference.  The Radio 1 panel that rejected KYA was only made up of six people and they rejected it 6 times. The head of this panel at the time was a middle aged woman called Doreen -- (can't remember surname). The music papers did an expose on this years ago becos she/they rejected a lot of good stuff. She wielded a lot of power at Radio 1 apparently.







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Posted: 03 Apr 10, 10:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



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I've heard a fair amount of Queen on local stations over the years. Some memorable tracks include:

Liar & Sweet Lady back to back.

Was that on Y-95 about 15 years ago?  I definitely recall that, as it was the first time I heard Liar.



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Posted: 03 Apr 10, 12:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I heard Keep Yourself Alive once last year on Virgin Radio in Italy. When i realised what song it was by the intro i was like 'It can't be!!'

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Yeah 'Tie your mother down' was also on radio 2 the other day...I was shocked I've never heard that on the radio before! Then again...Simon Mayo(DJ) plays several songs on a theme every day...so I guess that theme of the day was mothers!


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I heard Liar on Radio 2 a few years ago.


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Posted: 03 Apr 10, 19:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Here in New England, I hear Keep Yourself Alive quite often. I'd hear it on a daily basis if I listened to radio more frequently. I think New England classic rock stations enjoy Queen very much so. The station I listen to always introduces Queen and the upcoming song as, for example, "Here's Freddie Mercury & The Boys with One Vision!".... and yes, they play things like that on the radio stations around here, too. They even have a Queen hour block once a month.


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I live in Union, Missouri, United States. I'm one of the few Queen fans here (this is redneck central), but this past October I heard '39 on the radio. I nearly shit myself.

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Posted: 02 Jan 13, 05:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I have a friend who lives near Boston. She's always claimed to be a Brian May fan rather than a Freddie Mercury one: Makes me wonder if the Northeastern USA reaction was to prefer the "rockier" sound of Brian over the more delicate paintings of Freddie.

Anyone have a view on this?


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Posted: 03 Jan 13, 11:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

KYA was played on the BBC at the time quite a bit, however the legend is that it didn't make the actual playlist. Very different!

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Posted: 03 Jan 13, 13:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Oh, and I remember Radio 2 playing the whole of Brighton Rock during the afternoon back in 2001. Quite a moment.

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KYA gets played sparsely here in Philadelphia. I have never heard Liar on the radio. The only time I have heard any deep tracks from Queen was when Freddie passed & the DJ played about 6-7 songs including You & I and DSMN. I hear TYMD maybe once or twice a year at best. Where as 10 years ago is was non existant on the radio. I might have crashed if I heard It's Late or GKR or the like!


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My local radio station here in london tends to play the most well known Queen songs and its usually Radio Gaga, A kind of Magic and I want to break free as their 3 main ones and every now and again they play Somebody to love and We are the Champions, At christmas TGIC was played several days running

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KYA is a bit of an odd song, based as it is around rhythmic playing of the same note. People kep saying Queen I is heavily influenced by Zep or Sabbath but I don;t recall hearing anything quite like KYA. Did any other guitarist/group use this technique before Brian did it?


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