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Posted: 27 May 11, 17:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

can anyone explain the  reason to the   lyric............i aint gonna go see the rolling stones no more ????.
i beleive,rightly or wrongly,there was a wee bit friction between the two bands.

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Posted: 27 May 11, 19:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

No friction between the bands - just an in-joke about music press stories circulating at the time. (Michael Jackson recorded "State of Shock" with Freddie, but released the version with Mick Jagger on vocal).


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Posted: 28 May 11, 00:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Mick and Keith both appeared in the Queen documentary "The Magic Years" a few years later and Mick is seen in backstage footage at Wembley, so no, I don't think there was ever any bad blood.

It's just a funny name drop, and to keep it light Brian also has the line "Ain't gonna go see Queen...no more..."

I do remember reading a 1984 Brian interview saying that after the band recorded it, the others didn't like it for whatever reason, which is why it never went on The Works. Brian came to a compromise, since he liked it, and they released it as a non-album B-side. If that's accurate, I'll never get what there is in the song they didn't like. It's a straight-up rocker and easily could have fit on the album. There's nothing weird or embarrassing in the lyrics and it sounds like everyone was on their game performance-wise.

Including it certainly would've lifted the album above the synth-dominant sound many fans (excluding me, I love this album) dislike. I do consider it part of the album (though I'm aware that strictly it's not) since the 1991 HR cassette had it as a bonus track and that how I first got to know the album.

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Posted: 28 May 11, 03:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

i's up there with It's Late as one of the "Should have been a hit" rockers.


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Posted: 28 May 11, 03:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

thanks for the answers,,,and i agree about the its late comment.

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Posted: 28 May 11, 15:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think I read somewhere that the reason why boys didn't like it was that it was less produced than the other songs on the album. Dunno. Great song by the way. A solid rocker!

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Posted: 28 May 11, 17:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Great song without a doubt, but I think it wouldn't have fit with the theme of the album @ the time, which was very much machines vs. humans. I love that song, but I can't see where it would have fit anywhere on The Works...IMHO


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Posted: 28 May 11, 23:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I would have placed it after "Man On The Prowl" or "Is This The World We Created...?" (the latter being where it appears on the 1991 HR re-issue).

As to the theme, yes, the main theme is humanity challenged by technology and our own creations ("Radio Ga Ga," "Machines," "Hammer To Fall," "Is This The World We Created...") but secondary themes involve the survival of the human spirit ("It's A Hard Life," "Keep Passing The Open Windows," "I Want To Break Free") and that is where I feel "I Go Crazy" would aptly fit. 

The remaining two songs fit, in my mind, thusly:

"Tear It Up," not so much lyrically, but musically it evokes great, pounding machinery, like in a factory.

"Man On The Prowl," a Jerry Lee Lewis pastiche harking back to the very 'lost era' lamented in "Radio Ga Ga;" the simpler time of the character's youth.

Just my opinion.

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Posted: 29 May 11, 05:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Roger's scream towards the end is awesome


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Posted: 29 May 11, 10:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

They used to hate The Rolling Stones because Mick Jagger stole Michael Jackson from Freddie.


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Posted: 29 May 11, 12:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

That's a pretty silly reason to hate the Stones in their entirety.  Besides, it wasn't Jagger's call - it was MJ's, since it was his song.  And Jagger was the better fit.

So maybe you should hate Queen instead because Freddie didn't have the goods to get onto the Jacksons' big comeback record.

Tongue in cheek of course, but still putting it out there ..


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Posted: 29 May 11, 14:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I just joked. Actually there was nothing such between Queen and the Stones. It was probably just a joke in the song, but who knows...


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