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Posted: 24 Feb 04, 06:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

who was this guy, and when did they work together. i know their first partnership must have been in 1987, working on athe Barcelona album, but everytime i hear it i think All God's People comes from that era, too. could this be?

and when did he wrote I'm Going Slightly Mad????

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Posted: 24 Feb 04, 06:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie met Mike during the Time musical sessions. Mike was one of the musicians I think.

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Posted: 24 Feb 04, 06:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

All God's People was originally Africa By Night, left-over from Barcelona sessions I believe. Slightly Mad was written with Peter Straker according to Jim Hutton's book.

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Posted: 24 Feb 04, 06:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Mike Moran has been a session musician and engineer since the 1970's working with all manor of artists, ranging from David Bowie to Harry Belafonte.

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Posted: 24 Feb 04, 06:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Because he was


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: 24 Feb 04, 07:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

thanks, and WHEN did he write Slightly Mad with P. Straker.

by the way, i've seen passages of hutton's book and you can argue if it's right to release such private episodes, but the passages didn't feature any information on his songwriting process.

is there much about that topic in hutton's book?

in fact i looked for it, but even the major library in my region doesn't have it. well and i don't want to order it from berlin or export ist from britain.

is there a site where i can read the whole book? or can anyone please copy me the passages in which he talks about freddie's working process????

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Posted: 24 Feb 04, 07:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote


and who can forget Mike Moran's Eurovision duet with Lynsey de Paul on 'Rock Bottom'?!!

Was that 1977?




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Posted: 24 Feb 04, 09:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

thank barry-uk, funnily that's the passage i actually knew before. :-)



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Posted: 24 Feb 04, 12:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The Peter Freestone book is actually better at detailing stuff like studio time I think. It's written in sections dealing with concerts, studio, videos, etc., which makes it a little hard to follow since it doesn't just flow chronologically.

The writing of 'Slightly Mad' is mentioned right after Freddie's birthday in 1990 in Hutton's book, but there's no way to tell the exact date:

"This night was to be the last time Freddie celebrated his birthday with any kind of bang. To ensure it was a night everyone would remember, Freddie gave each of us a memento of the occasion from Tiffany & Co, a present left on each place setting.

When Freddie penned the song 'I'm Going Slightly Mad' it was after another through-the-night session with Peter Straker. Freddie explained he had the phrase 'I'm Going Slightly Mad' on his brain and told Peter what he wanted to say in the song. The inspiration for it was the master of camp one-liners, Noel Coward.

Freddie set about with Peter trying to come up with a succession of goofy lyrics, each funnier than the last. He screamed when they came up with things like 'I'm knitting with only one needle' and 'I'm driving on only three wheels these days'. But the master-stroke was: 'I think I'm a banana tree'. Once that came out there was no stopping Freddie and Straker - they were then in full flow. I went to bed to fall asleep listening to their laughter wafting upstairs."

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Posted: 24 Feb 04, 13:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

THANK you so much, that's very nice from you. now i know it's from the last quarter of 1990, so i guess it was one of the last ones for Innuendo, right?

actually i don't think this song is funny. maybe that's why i don't understand all the lyrics, but i think it's a sad song. the intro is sad, you know, and the knowdledge that freddie wasvery ill when they made the video makes that song much more sad than...

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Posted: 24 Feb 04, 14:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Mike's the man eh;-)


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Posted: 24 Feb 04, 14:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He also wrote the theme tune to Taggart a detective programe over here in the UK starring Alex Ferguson, sorry, Mark McManus brother of the Sweet lead singer Anthony McPartlin factfans.


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Posted: 24 Feb 04, 19:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

when you see him in fred's DVD he seems like such a kewl guy very musically talented and highly intelligent eh;-)


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Posted: 24 Feb 04, 23:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Everyone keeps saying, Mike Moran WAS a great pianist... Don't you mean he IS a great pianist? Or am I missing something?


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Posted: 25 Feb 04, 01:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

You're completely right. Mike IS a great pianist


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: 27 Feb 04, 01:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Mike Moran is a great pianist and songwriter. His songs in queen world(those fabs on Barcelona album, all god's people and 'is everybody happy',probably the most beautiful non-47-seconds-song ever made) are great and i would love if he wrote some new tunes with Brian and Roger(and John). He could bring some Freddie-piano feel to the new tunes that QUeen could do in a future!

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Posted: 27 Feb 04, 07:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It'd be nice to know how much did Mike and Fred contribute to the songs. According to Montserrat, Freddie wrote La Japonaise, Fallen Priest and Guide Me Home. So Mike perhaps just learnt them and wrote the score for the orchestra. But I'm pretty sure it wasn't all the time the Freddie wrote - Mike arranged thing. I guess Fred must have participated in the orchestral arrangements as well as Mike must have participated in the songwriting process.


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.