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Posted: 08 Sep 04, 13:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Look at this. It's from the U.K HMV site.

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 The group's third release, Sheer Heart Attack, came out later that same year and finally broke the band in Britain, thanks to the U.K. No. 2 single "Killer Queen." After a sold out world tour and a change in management, Queen returned in late 1975 with the elaborately recorded album A Night at the Opera, whose advance single, "Bohemian Rhapsody," reached No. 1 in the U.K. despite being an unwieldy six minutes long. The album was a huge success, reaching the U.S. Top 10 and going platinum. A successful worldwide tour followed and during this tour, each of their albums entered the top 20. Queen became huge in Japan, whose fans are known to be more fanatical than most. Their next relaease, A Day at the Races was greeted by record advance orders in Britain, and reached No. 5 in the United States. Abandoning their manager, Queen released Jazz in 1978, which featured a controversial photo of an all-female nude bicycle race staged by the band in Wimbledon Stadium. After more extensive touring, Queen returned to London to record their double-live album, Live Killers, in 1979. Their largely instrumental soundtrack to Flash Gordon was coldly received later in 1980. With the help of David Bowie, Queen were able to successfully compete with new wave with 1981's hit single "Under Pressure" — their first U.K. number one since "Bohemian Rhapsody" — which was included both on their 1981 Greatest Hits and 1982's Hot Space. Faced with their decreased popularity in the U.S. and waning popularity in Britain, Queen began touring foreign markets, cultivating a large, dedicated fan base in Latin America, Asia and Africa, continents that most rock groups ignored. In 1985, they returned to popularity in Britain in the wake of their show-stopping performance at Live Aid. The following year, they released A Kind of Magic to strong European sales, but they failed to make headway in the States. The same fate befell 1989's The Miracle, yet 1991's Innuendo was greeted more favorably, going gold and peaking at number 30 in the U.S. Nevertheless, it still was a far bigger success in Europe, entering the U.K. charts at number one. On November 22, 1991, singer Freddie Mercury shocked the rock world by admitting that he was a closeted homosexual and was dying of AIDS. Two days later, he passed away, effectively ending Queen. Ironically, only a few months after Mercury's death, Queen enjoyed an amazing revival in the U.S., thanks to the appearance of "Bohemian Rhapsody" in the movie Wayne's World. The three reunited in 1994 to record backing tapes for vocal tracks Mercury recorded on his death bed. The resulting album, Made in Heaven, was released in 1995 to mixed reviews and strong sales, particularly in Europe.

You think they would get it right, considering they are mainly a music shop.


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Posted: 08 Sep 04, 14:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I don't see many mistakes to be honest.

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Posted: 08 Sep 04, 15:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well, they didnt 'record' Live Killers in London but apart from that it seems ok.


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Posted: 08 Sep 04, 15:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

the biggest mistake is the date when Freddie told the world that he was suffering of aids.


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Posted: 08 Sep 04, 15:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yes, that went unnoticed too! It was the 23rd. And also - He revealed he was a closet homosexual???


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Posted: 08 Sep 04, 15:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

*closeted*


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Posted: 08 Sep 04, 15:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well, those are just small mistakes. It's not like they wrote that Brian died instead of Freddie or something.

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Posted: 08 Sep 04, 17:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

well didnt people already know he was gay anyways?
or was it that he was bisexual they already knew?


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Posted: 08 Sep 04, 21:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

They say Sheer Heart Attack came out "later that same year" and it looks like they're referring to 1979 . . .

At first they say Jazz came out in 1979, then they say 1978 . . .


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Posted: 09 Sep 04, 15:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I know they are only small mistakes, but here are some:

Jazz wasn't a 1979 album, it was 1978.

Flash Gordon got about number 3 in the U.K so it wasn't 'coldy recieved'

It says they were faced with waning popularity in Britain, no they wernt. Despite Hot Space they still had sold out tours going.

Everyone on earth knew that Freddie was gay by then, he wasn't closeted.

So although they are only small mistakes, I wouldnt expect that from a place like HMV.


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Posted: 10 Sep 04, 12:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Brian_Mays_Wig wrote:

*closeted*

closeted homosexual = he used to have sex with guys locked up in his bedroom closet. Whilst on tour, his favourite lovers were waiting for him in there, ranged on several shelves (but he used to take with him one or two of them, in a handbag, in order not to get bored during the tour). Of course, it was a huge closet, it could even host a gangbang... However, one of the days, in a jealousy fit, Jim Hutton buried the key of the closet in the garden. The key was found five years later by Delilah, while catching a mouse. Unfortunately, when Freddie opened the closet again, he found only the bones of his lovers, eaten by the rats...


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