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Posted: 11 Nov 10, 12:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie and Brian inspired each other in the 70's......We all know this, but what i'm curious about is who's song was written first.  It started on Queen2 with White Queen and Black Queens.  I think i remember hearing a interview that white Queen was written first, perhaps inspiring freddie.  The next album had flick of the wrist inspiring Brian May  to write now i'm here.  the songs i'm most curious about are We Are the champions and we will rock you......Which was written first?.....the next obvious songs are Fat Bottomed Girls and Bicycle Race.   Sadly once they hit the 80's they no longer fed off each other like the early days.

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Posted: 12 Nov 10, 12:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

White queen is a bad ass song, one of my faves. ALSO LOVE THE MARCH OF THE BLACK QUEENlove the music and especilally FREDDIES VOICE!!!!!Most awsome album.

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Posted: 12 Nov 10, 17:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Queen2 is my favorite too.  How was that show in 1980?......

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Posted: 13 Nov 10, 02:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I reckon they were damned unstoppable, at their best.


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Posted: 13 Nov 10, 05:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Champions predates Rock You by at least two years.

Bicycle, IIRC, also predates Fat Bots according to what's been said.

White Queen (at least lyrically) comes long before Black Queen.

Flick of the Wrist (and the rest of the SHA album) would also be pre-NIH.

As for writing in similar veins, they did it all the time: Body Language vs Dancer (well, so so), Princes of the Universe vs Gimme the Prize, The Hitman vs Headlong (in some aspects more than others), plus a bunch of songs on which they collaborated (Show Must Go On, Bijou, Mother Love).


John hated HS. Fred's fave singer was not PR. Roger didn't compose 'Innuendo.' Witness testimonies are often inaccurate. Scotland's not in England. 'Bo Rhap' hasn't got 180 voices.
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Posted: 13 Nov 10, 16:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I forgot to mention Bo Rhap and the middle section of the prophet song.  Think Bo Rhap was written first perhaps inspiring Brian.

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Posted: 15 Nov 10, 05:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

They were at the time quite competitive with each other - often that sort of relationship spurs people on to each write greater stuff.

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Posted: 16 Nov 10, 18:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

In my mind Brians "Save Me" was somehow inspired by  Freddies composing stile and "Calling all Girls" was Rogers retry of Freddies "Crazy Little Thing Called Love".