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Posted: 24 Oct 04, 15:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I've got a question:

Freddie changed his name from Bulsara to Mercury.

But, why Mercury?? Did he have any special reasons for that.... I bet he did but... does anyone know these reasons??

I'd really like to know...

Thanks very much in advance!


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Posted: 24 Oct 04, 15:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

'Coz he liked Mercury. It sounds good. Better than Jupiter.


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Posted: 24 Oct 04, 15:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

yeah alright... but... any other specific reasons??


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Posted: 24 Oct 04, 15:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Apparently it happened when they were recording, My Fairy King. In the song there is the line "Mother Mercury, look what they've done to me". Freddie said to the band that this was about his mother, and from now on he would be known as Freddie Mercury.

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but thats how I remember the story.

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Posted: 24 Oct 04, 15:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Brimon wrote:

Apparently it happened when they were recording, My Fairy King. In the song there is the line "Mother Mercury, look what they've done to me". Freddie said to the band that this was about his mother, and from now on he would be known as Freddie Mercury.

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but thats how I remember the story.


That's the story I've heard too yes... but my question is... are there any specific reasons for Mercury? Is it that he liked that planet... or does it have something to do with greek mythology?


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Posted: 24 Oct 04, 15:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

don't believe that:

it's all about those early interviews he gave where he refused to declare his sexuality...if he'd called himself Freddie Uranus, it might have given the game away, and removed some of the early mystique


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Posted: 24 Oct 04, 15:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Oh, well probably he just thought it sounded good, Messenger from the Gods, and all that.

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Posted: 24 Oct 04, 18:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yeah, I remember reading somewhere that Mercury was the Greek/Roman (I can't remember which) messenger God, and that he named himself that because he felt he had a message to give to the world. I'm not sure where I read that though, and I might just be stealing someone else's theory, so if I am, then I sincerely apologize.


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

Some shady person in a newsgroup once ages ago posted that 'Balsar' (or Balsara/Bulsara) ment 'Mercury' (quicksilver) in some North-Indian dialect.

Never got any convincing confirmation about it though. Could have been a joke :-)






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Posted: 24 Oct 04, 18:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

and its better than Uranus..yeah alright but someone had to do it, i think Mercury suited him funnily enough. There probably wasnt much thought on his part about the name it purely was a lyric in a song he wrote


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Posted: 25 Oct 04, 09:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Mercury was messenger of the greek gods and also god of traffic and profit.
you know:TRAFFIC...PROFIT...
I read an interview with Freddie where he said that's why Mercury.


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Posted: 25 Oct 04, 11:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Goo wrote:

Yeah, I remember reading somewhere that Mercury was the Greek/Roman (I can't remember which) messenger God, and that he named himself that because he felt he had a message to give to the world. I'm not sure where I read that though, and I might just be stealing someone else's theory, so if I am, then I sincerely apologize.


That sounds like a reasonable explanation...

thanks! I like this theory.. I thought it was something like this... ;)


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Posted: 25 Oct 04, 11:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I read that messenger story, too.
But could be made up as well... I don't know, people tend to try to find reasons for everything, maybe he just thought the name sounded great and glamorous, which it actually does...
At least more than Bulsara ;-)


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Posted: 25 Oct 04, 12:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie_slave wrote:

Mercury was messenger of the greek gods and also god of traffic and profit.
you know:TRAFFIC...PROFIT...
I read an interview with Freddie where he said that's why Mercury.


almost... Mercury is a Roman God, the Greek version is called Hermes.

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Posted: 25 Oct 04, 12:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Planet Mercury governs Freddie's star sign (Virgo)... I guess that's why he did choose this name. Besides that, it's a gorgeous name.


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Posted: 25 Oct 04, 17:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I remember an interview with Freddies sister her husband Roger said something about Mercury being Freddies birth star. Roger (not Taylor) said that when Freddie told him this he had made the obvious joke about Uranus and that Freddie was not amused. Kashmira wasn't amused either when Roger told the interviewer this and gave her husband a look that made him shut up.

At least this is what I remember, could be wrong.

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Posted: 25 Oct 04, 18:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Mercury...Mercury?

I just know (of course I have heard ALL that theories that You have mantioned) & I am sure that Freddie was a genius.

He (Fred) knew what was going to work, he knew that something that could be interpreted in different ways was going to be a HIT (If it was well designed).

What about BoRa? Why not Mercury?

And...What about QUEEN, fellows?


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Posted: 26 Oct 04, 09:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Wouter wrote:

Freddie_slave wrote:

Mercury was messenger of the greek gods and also god of traffic and profit.
you know:TRAFFIC...PROFIT...
I read an interview with Freddie where he said that's why Mercury.


almost... Mercury is a Roman God, the Greek version is called Hermes.

whatever...
besides I know that, I just made a little mistake.
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Posted: 26 Oct 04, 14:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Brimon wrote:

Oh, well probably he just thought it sounded good, Messenger from the Gods, and all that.

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Ya, that would be my guess too.


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Posted: 26 Oct 04, 15:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I have no idea.


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