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Posted: 01 Jan 12, 12:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It´s just got to be The Game. No substance, predictable couplets, too many love songs.. Ironic as it was so popular in the States.


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Posted: 01 Jan 12, 13:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Ironic?  The American mainstream isn't exactly notorious for their interest in art with depth.


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Posted: 01 Jan 12, 14:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Indeed, I didn´t want to give offence by making any  kind of socio-cultural comment.


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Posted: 01 Jan 12, 14:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

No album is better or worse lyrically, the worst song lyrics though (apart from Body Language, which is a given) is In Only Seven Days, which wouldn't even get a GCSE F grade.

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Posted: 01 Jan 12, 14:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think you´re wrong. Certainly Innuendo, Queen 2, SHA, ADATR, Opera and Yes even Jazz are Lyrically better than The Game. In only seven days at least has some kind of narrative..unlike anything on the Game.


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Posted: 01 Jan 12, 16:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think AOBTD and In Only Seven Days are written like a screenplay.  When you hear the song, you can imagine a movie being played out.

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Posted: 01 Jan 12, 17:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

In Only Seven Days does narrate the story fairly well, but the lyrics did strike me as being fairly unprofessional, not the sort of words you'd use in a song.

I don't think there's an entire album that's poor lyrically, but Fun It and Body Language are pretty bad.

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Posted: 01 Jan 12, 22:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"Hot Space"


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Posted: 02 Jan 12, 03:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hmmm...never been impressed by The Miracle album with a few notable exceptions

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Posted: 02 Jan 12, 04:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sorry Hot Space over The Game by a country mile. Life is Real, Under Pressure, Put out the Fire or even Action this Day are all lyrically more inventive or interesting than anything on the game..


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Posted: 02 Jan 12, 05:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

You Don't Fool Me is fairly straightforward, though that was assembled from vocal leftovers of Freddie's rather than written, so I guess that doesn't count :P

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Posted: 02 Jan 12, 06:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

talking about albums..


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Posted: 02 Jan 12, 07:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie always said that his songs were throw away pop, when you've finished with it, move on to the next one.
This maybe true of some of the 80's output, but I think that a lot more thought and time was put into writing in the earlier days.
I also think that while he's not Neil Peart, Brian would view his own song writing as having some depth and thought to it.
I think when you become as big as Queen did, to a lot of people, a song is no more than a catchy chorus or hook. What happens during the rest of the song becomes less important.


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Posted: 02 Jan 12, 14:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

This is not anti-Paul as I thought live he was great, but, in the cold light of day there's not many redeeming lyrics on TCR!

SINT perhaps the main exception? I like C-Lebrity but it's not exactly lyrical genius!


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Posted: 02 Jan 12, 15:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Before I state my case, allow me to say that I am a Queen fan. I have been for 30 years. It's pretty much all I listen to. It's all I have, more or less, on my iPod. I love Queen. I saw Freddie Mercury in his one-off appearance in Time although tragically I never saw Queen in concert. No-one sounds like Queen, no-one has ever been able to sing like Freddie and all morons appearing in crap like the X Factor should take note of what real talent is (I'd suggest watching Live at the Bowl). Queen were (are) the greatest rock band to have ever walked the face of the planet and will never be bettered.

So now I have got that off my chest, am I allowed to say that, lyrically, Bohemian Rhapsody is just nonsense?

I fully expect to be shot down in flames but, to quote the great man himself, there you have it.

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Posted: 02 Jan 12, 15:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Bohemian Rhapsody may very well be nonsense.  But "Nothing really matters" may be the key to the mystery of what life is all about, and more meaningful and knowledgeable than all of Dylan and Lennon's greatest lyrics combined.

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Posted: 02 Jan 12, 16:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I don't know about that... Dylan has written some f**king phenomenal stuff...


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Posted: 02 Jan 12, 17:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sheer Brass Neck wrote: Bohemian Rhapsody may very well be nonsense.  But "Nothing really matters" may be the key to the mystery of what life is all about, and more meaningful and knowledgeable than all of Dylan and Lennon's greatest lyrics combined. I think it´s fair to say that even Fred would have laughed himself almost beyond bladder control at your post.


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Posted: 02 Jan 12, 17:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The Works. Tear It Up, I Want To Break Free, Man On The Prowl & Is This The World We Created (beautiful, but the lyrics make me cringe). Hard to beat that one!

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Posted: 02 Jan 12, 17:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yup - The Works not great but still miles ahead of The Game. More narrative, more proper nouns.


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