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Posted: 11 Jun 11, 14:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Michael Jackson is the one who ultimately convinced them to release it as a single. The song has no keyboards in it... Freddie apparently sang and sang to make it just right... And I read on hear once, that JD recorded the guide vocal for it - to which Roger heard and laughed him out of the studio.... It was quit some time ago I read it, and I always wondered if it was true, but I didn't see any one in the messages afterwards dispute it.

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Posted: 11 Jun 11, 17:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It's a well known fact that John was hanging out with Chic when they were composing Good Times? Where did this information come from?

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Posted: 11 Jun 11, 19:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

A few years ago, I attended an interview with Nile Rodgers at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  During the interview, Nile Rodgers indicated that John Deacon was hanging around the studio when Chic were recording and that he (Rodgers) believes that John got the idea for Another One Bites the Dust from Good Times.

By the way, Nile Rodgers is a very personable and lively man (an excellent interviewee), and he is a fabulous musician, as well.  Toward the beginning of his career, Rodgers worked as part of the house band at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY.  He was also part of the Seame Street Band, perhaps because he used to have green hair.  Rodgers was also a Black Panther in the Sixties.  He is currently suffering from, and receiving treatments, for cancer, so please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

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Posted: 11 Jun 11, 20:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

> The song has no keyboards in it...

Of course it does. It's got both piano and synths.

> And I read on hear once, that JD recorded the guide  vocal for it - to which Roger heard and laughed him out of the
studio....

Wrong. Brian said he remembered John singing it to Freddie in order to teach him the melody and lyrics, but no mention was ever made on laughing or anything like that. You can find the actual quote on my website.

> It was quit some time ago I read it, and I always wondered if it was true, but I didn't see any one in the messages afterwards  dispute it. <3

Oh sure and that means it's right...

> It's a well known fact that John was hanging out  with Chic when they were composing Good Times? Where did this  information come from?

Rolling Stone and the internet, the world's two most reliable sources...


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: 12 Jun 11, 06:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sebastian wrote:

> It's a well known fact that John was hanging out  with Chic when they were composing Good Times? Where did this  information come from?

> Rolling Stone and the internet, the world's two most reliable sources...

heres an interview with bernard edwards and nile rodgers

Chic - Mystique + Interview + Good Times (J Ross)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x73zbwcEe_4

at around 6.20

"...in the style of, not the actual riff..."

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Posted: 12 Jun 11, 08:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I have always thought there are no synths on it, it is all brians guitar using various effects.


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Posted: 12 Jun 11, 09:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

cool.cat wrote: Sebastian wrote:

> It's a well known fact that John was hanging out  with Chic when they were composing Good Times? Where did this  information come from?

> Rolling Stone and the internet, the world's two most reliable sources...

heres an interview with bernard edwards and nile rodgers

Chic - Mystique + Interview + Good Times (J Ross)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x73zbwcEe_4

at around 6.20

"...in the style of, not the actual riff..."
====

Well, they're right, aren't they? :)


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Posted: 12 Jun 11, 10:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Loads of effects on Queen songs were Brian's guitar, loads of effects on Queen songs were NOT Brian's guitar, including Another One Bites the Dust, which has:

* Electronic Percussion
* Reversed Piano
* Reversed Synth

None of which is Brian's guitar.


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: 12 Jun 11, 10:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sebastian wrote: > The song has no keyboards in it...

Of course it does. It's got both piano and synths.

> And I read on hear once, that JD recorded the guide  vocal for it - to which Roger heard and laughed him out of the
studio....

Wrong. Brian said he remembered John singing it to Freddie in order to teach him the melody and lyrics, but no mention was ever made on laughing or anything like that. You can find the actual quote on my website.

> It was quit some time ago I read it, and I always wondered if it was true, but I didn't see any one in the messages afterwards  dispute it. <3

Oh sure and that means it's right...

> It's a well known fact that John was hanging out  with Chic when they were composing Good Times? Where did this  information come from?

Rolling Stone and the internet, the world's two most reliable sources...

Seem a little uptight there, Sebash. I don't count a piano as a keyboard, a keyboard, to me, is an electronic keyboard. not a piano. And No, I'm not wrong. the 'sytnhs' you hear are keyboards and hi hats played in reverse. Nice try though.

And I never said I thought it was true (the whole guide vocal thing) I just said I never saw it get disputed. So take it easy Sebash.

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Posted: 12 Jun 11, 11:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

So let me get this straight: a piano is not a keyboard (the black & white thingies are strictly decoration) and neither is a synth. That leaves harpsichord and organ, right? I'm pretty sure neither was used on ABTD.

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Posted: 12 Jun 11, 14:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The 'effect' is a piano chord doubled on a synth, and then they're both backwards.

Oh, and for the record, of course they're both keyboard instruments. That's not a matter of opinion.


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: 12 Jun 11, 15:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Other pieces of trivia:

-Freddie sang until his throat bled
-The album version is sped up to around 50 cents sharp


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Posted: 12 Jun 11, 19:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Don't be mad, kids. I merely mean an electric keyboard.

Perhaps you lads should get out more, and stop bickering about a 30 year old song?
A prospect you might want to explore!

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Posted: 12 Jun 11, 20:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Don't be mad, kid, I merely mean you were wrong, and you were!

Perhaps you should get out more, and stop bickering about people bickering about a 30 year-old song?

A prospect you might want to explore!


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Posted: 12 Jun 11, 21:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I've read that the song was originally about cowboys, but John tweaked the lyrics so that cowboy motif was eventually lost. i'm sure some of the Queen super gurus here could provide a more authoritative source.


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Posted: 13 Jun 11, 03:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He mentioned the cowboy theme being 'rather silly' and changed it before the group got to hear/see the lyrics.


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Posted: 13 Jun 11, 06:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I guarantee I'm older then your self :-), kid!

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Posted: 13 Jun 11, 07:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Being older (or younger) doesn't guarantee anything in this case.

A piano is a keyboard, full stop.

There are no reversed hi-hats on that song. There are reversed keyboards (piano + synth) though.


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 Jun 11, 09:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Regardless, Queenpedia only says there is piano, no synths, or keyboards.

Once again, nice try Sebash! Might want to stop while you're, err.. behind!

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Posted: 13 Jun 11, 10:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

At what points of the song is the reverse piano?


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