I think from now on whenever I encounter bullshit like this, or other off-topic nonsense in the Queen section, I'll post a really long biography of Queen.
Few bands embodied the pure excess of the '70s like Queen. Embracing the exaggerated pomp of prog-rock and heavy metal, as well as vaudevellian music-hall, the British quartet
delved deeply into camp and bombast, creating a huge, mock-operatic sound with layered
guitars and overdubbed vocals. Queen's music was a bizarre yet highly accessible fusion of
the macho and the fey. For years, their albums boasted the motto "no synthesizers were
used on this record," signaling their allegiance with the legions of post-Led Zeppelin hard
rock bands. But vocalist Freddie Mercury brought an extravagant sense of camp to the band,
pushing them towards kitschy humor and pseudo-classical arrangements, as epitomized on
their best-known song, "Bohemian Rhapsody." Mercury, it must be said, was a flamboyant
bisexual, who managed to keep his sexuality in the closet until his death from AIDS in 1992.
Nevertheless, his sexuality was apparent throughout Queen's music, from their very name to their veiled lyrics -- it was truly bizarre to hear gay anthems like "We Are the Champions"
turn into celebrations of sports victories. That would have been impossible without Mercury,
one of the most dynamic and charismatic frontmen in rock history. Through his legendary
theatrical performances, Queen became one of the most popular bands in the world in the
mid-'70s; in England, they remained second only to the Beatles in popularity and
collectibility in the '90s. Despite their enormous popularity, Queen were never taken seriously by rock critics -- an infamous Rolling Stone review labeled their 1979 album Jazz as "fascist." In spite of such harsh criticism, the band's popularity rarely waned; even in the late '80s, the group retained a fanatical following except America. In the States, their popularity peaked in the early '80s, just as they finished nearly a decade's worth of extraordinarily popular records. And while those records were never praised, they sold in enormous numbers, and traces of Queen's music could be heard in several generations of hard rock and metal bands in the next two decades, from Metallica to Smashing Pumpkins.
The origins of Queen lay in the hard-rock psychedelic group Smile, which guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor joined in 1967. Following the departure of Smile's lead vocalist
Tim Staffell in 1971, May and Taylor formed a group with Freddie Mercury, the former lead
singer for Wreckage. Within a few months, bassist John Deacon joined them, and they
began rehearsing. Over the next two years, as all four members completed college, they
simply rehearsed, playing just a handful of gigs. By 1973, they had begun to concentrate on
their career, releasing the Roy Thomas Baker-produced Queen that year and setting out on
their first tour. Queen was more or less a straight metal album and failed to receive much
acclaim, but Queen II became an unexpected British breakthrough early in 1974. Before its
release, the band played Top of the Pops, performing "Seven Seas of Rhye." Both the song
and the performance were a smash success, and the single rocketed into the Top Ten,
setting the stage for Queen II to reach number five. Following its release, the group embarked
on their first American tour, supporting Mott the Hoople. On the strength of their campily
dramatic performances, the album climbed to number 43 in the states.
Queen released their third album, Sheer Heart Attack, before the end of 1974. The music-
hall-meets-Zeppelin "Killer Queen" climbed to number two on the U.K. charts, taking the
album to number two as well. Sheer Heart Attack made some inroads in America as well,
setting the stage for the breakthrough of 1975's A Night At the Opera. Queen labor