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Posted: 07 Oct 04, 18:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

hi, i havent heard this song before, only when gary cherone done part of it at the tribute concert so basically i was just wondering is the song actually any good


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Posted: 07 Oct 04, 18:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hi!

Well, Mustapha is interesting - sounds quite arabic and is quite funny. Not a hit-single - although even released as single in Germany I think. Give it a listen, sure no disappointment.
The lyrics are weird. Good guitar on it. Towards the end the song becomes a bit more heavy. Worth an ear.

The whole "Jazz" album (Mustapha is the first one on it) is a IMO very good, all moods again, and some well-known songs on it (Bicycle Race, Don't stop me now), two softer ones (Jealousy, In only seven days), hard rock (Dead on time), and so on... One of my favorite albums definately.


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Posted: 07 Oct 04, 18:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Agree with Juls (as usual) even if "Jazz" is not one of my favs... I still can't say why they released it as a single in Germany...

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Posted: 07 Oct 04, 18:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Brilliant song. I love how it suddenly goes from mono to stereo and starts rockin' :)

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Posted: 07 Oct 04, 18:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It means nothing.


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Posted: 07 Oct 04, 18:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

And it's kinda weird...


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Posted: 07 Oct 04, 20:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

According to a certain Queenzone poll I love to plug, Mustapha is one of four Queen songs that have the widest range of opinion between Queen fans. Roger wrote the other three songs with wide ranges of opinion between Queen fans.

After opening the below link, enlarge it to 100% and pan to view the bottom right graph.

http://home.comcast.net/~vantricers/Distribution_Layout.doc




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Posted: 07 Oct 04, 20:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

In case anyone cares, I suppose I should explain what the middle quartile range is. The middle quartile represents the votes between the 25th and 75th percentile.

In the case of Mustapha, the rating range was just below 6. On a scale of 0 to 10, one quarter of Queen fans rated Mustapha as a 3 or lower while one quarter rated it as a 9 or higher. Hence the middle quartile range is 9 - 3 = 6 (actually 5.75 due to averaging effects).


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Posted: 07 Oct 04, 20:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

That thing is your proudest accomplishment, isn't it?

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Posted: 07 Oct 04, 21:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

proud - yes. proudest no.


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Posted: 07 Oct 04, 21:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'll try to look up "quartile" soon.

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Posted: 07 Oct 04, 22:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Posted: 07 Oct 04, 22:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I do apologize. It seems I was only utilizing a quartile of my cerebrum. Blame the corpus callosum!

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Posted: 07 Oct 04, 23:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

When I first heard this song (a long time ago) I was not too fond of it. It was totally different than any other Queen song. Shortly though that became one of the main reasons that I love the song.


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Posted: 08 Oct 04, 03:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well, I absolutely love it- one of my favs... The moment when "softer" piano/drums/bas mono-recorded bit comes suddenly into heavy guitar riff.. Ah- it's awesome!!!! And some live versions are remarkable- Wembley Arena for instance! As I said- one of my fav Queen tracks... Guitarwork is AWESOME!

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Posted: 08 Oct 04, 04:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Albyboy wrote:

Agree with Juls (as usual) even if "Jazz" is not one of my favs... I still can't say why they released it as a single in Germany...


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It must either be on a bootleg or in an old german music tv-show from '79, (with an interview with the band and some live-excerpts) which I've seen: it was the Munich concert and the crowd starts shouting for Mustapha - and Freddie says something like "why the hell do they want that f****** song again ?". Seems like the german audience for whatever reason picked that song as a favourite and requested it during that tour, and thus they released it as a single. The shouting on LK is very likely to be from germany as well, see http://www.geocities.com/qzboots/pages/lkanalysis.htm (Frankfurt, thanx to Sir GH)


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Posted: 08 Oct 04, 05:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I love Mustapha. It's just odd enough to be really cool. :P


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Posted: 08 Oct 04, 05:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Regor wrote:

Albyboy wrote:

Agree with Juls (as usual) even if "Jazz" is not one of my favs... I still can't say why they released it as a single in Germany...


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It must either be on a bootleg or in an old german music tv-show from '79, (with an interview with the band and some live-excerpts) which I've seen: it was the Munich concert and the crowd starts shouting for Mustapha - and Freddie says something like "why the hell do they want that f****** song again ?". Seems like the german audience for whatever reason picked that song as a favourite and requested it during that tour, and thus they released it as a single. The shouting on LK is very likely to be from germany as well, see http://www.geocities.com/qzboots/pages/lkanalysis.htm (Frankfurt, thanx to Sir GH)


Hey Regor,

you are right, in Germany Mustapha is I think more popuplar than maybe Fat Bottomed Girls from the same album. Maybe it has to do with the turkish people in Germany. As far as I remember it is also released in Yugosalwia as single? No idea. A few years ago in a pub they had the Mustapha single in a jukebox, and it was played nearly every weekend once, here in Germany.




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Posted: 08 Oct 04, 06:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Mustapha has always been a hit in Germany, I don't think it has anything to do with the Turkish people here. I think it was always regarded as very funny with all the made up lyrics and it rocks! Since the 60s there were always popular bands in Germany who combined comedy and Rock music, so it's obvious that Mustapha was very popular among German Queenfans - and still is.

When I saw Brian perform in Offenbach 1998 the crowd began calling for Mustapha from old habit. Brian laughed and he said he *could* sing it but then his voice would be ruined for the rest of the tour. When he announced the next song he said - "... and it's not fucking Mustapha" :)


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Posted: 08 Oct 04, 08:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"... and it's not fucking Mustapha"

Really? Brian said that? I don't know why, but I'm surprised. Anyway, I absolutely love this song. It gets my blood flowing. Great start to the album. I love the middle eastern sound Brian gets out of his guitar.


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