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Posted: 07 Apr 05, 12:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sum 41 have recorded a version of "Killer Queen" for a Queen tribute album currently being assembled by Hollywood Records.
The Canadian punks requested to tackle the lush pop nugget from Queen's 1974 Sheer Heart Attack album, but they were soon awed by its elaborate arrangement. "Once we started getting into it, we said, 'Why did we pick this song?'" frontman Deryck Whibley says, of the Los Angeles session. "We only had two days, which is funny because it probably took Queen about a week to record it. It's one of the hardest songs."

"There's so many layers of guitars, and the piano part changes every time," adds drummer Stevo Jocz. "But the drum part is easy."

As for the vocals, Sum knew better than to imitate Queen's operatic style. "I didn't try to sound like Freddie Mercury," Whibley says. "I sang my interpretation of the song."

Sum 41 kick off a U.S. tour with Unwritten Law April 12th in Buffalo.

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Posted: 07 Apr 05, 12:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

This should be interesting to say the least.

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Posted: 07 Apr 05, 13:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Ugh...


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Posted: 07 Apr 05, 13:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sum 41 working on "Killer Queen"? Oh shit...

BTW what would be your types if you were to choose artists and songs for the tribute album? I read somewhere here that Bowie should cover "I'm Going Slightly Mad". This could be fucking brilliant! And my tip is Velvet Revolver doing a cover of "Tie Your Mother Down" (one of Slash's favourite songs). What do you think?

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Posted: 07 Apr 05, 14:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Linda Of The Valley - That's far too much to ask for on this message board!

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Posted: 07 Apr 05, 14:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think Coheed and Cambria should do soemthing from Queen II...if there's anyone who needs to do a Queen tribute its them...I doubt HR would pay attention to them though...here's hoping


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Posted: 07 Apr 05, 14:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sum 41... I don't know. They sound respectful to the track, so it's probably decent. As far as other covers go (for the tribute album), I think that The Darkness should cover Brighton Rock. First of all, it suits Justin Hawkin's voice (though his voice could be a helluva alot better if you ask me). And second, I refuse to listen to any comparisons between The Darkness and Queen until a cover of BR takes place. Why? If you know Queen, you know that there's hardly a comparison between the two bands... unless we're talkin' theatrics... That's a completely different story.


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Posted: 07 Apr 05, 14:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Oh! And third. Being that The Darkness have two guitars, they could put an interesting spin on the solo-- without even having to bother with the echo.


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Posted: 07 Apr 05, 16:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

k i won't judge but still, i'm not too optimistic about it...here's hoping they prove me wrong *crosses fingers*

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Posted: 07 Apr 05, 17:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

i don't get it at all

what is there to disappoint about a tribute album? - of course the songs can NEVER be as good as the original - but everytime someone covers a queen song - there's whinging, complaining, and all kinds of demands for the perpetraors to be burned at the stake as heretics and witches.

f-f-s people - lighten up - peopl who cover other bands stuff - are usually genuine fans - or they LIKE the song ! you don't get people covering songs they hate

what has it come to on QZ? are we so fucking pompous, snobbish and so far up our own arses that we can't take these things for what they are - a bit of fun and a fucking tribute - stop being so fucking prissy

(note - this is only for those that object to any Queen covers on principle)


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Posted: 07 Apr 05, 18:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<B><font color=#ff7f00>Brenski</B> wrote:

- of course the songs can NEVER be as good as the original


Why never? Sometimes cover version can be even better than the original, e.g. "The Great Pretender".

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Posted: 07 Apr 05, 18:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I also ADORE!!!! Freddie's cover of Ricky Nelson's "Hello Mary Lou, Goodbye Heart". I think Freddie does it MUCH better, just Gorgeous!


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Posted: 07 Apr 05, 18:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

You mean we're actually going to be a quality, ALL STAR tribute album instead of the no-name crap we've seen over the years?

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Posted: 07 Apr 05, 19:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I've got a salute or two i've wanted to show Sum 41 for along time.:P

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Posted: 07 Apr 05, 21:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I don't necessarily like Sum41 but I do respect them as musicians, they seem to have a kind of no bullshit attitude approach, overall it could have been worse...

I am still routing for coheed and cambria, their singer listened to night at the opera every night as he went to sleep while they were recording their new album, he even mentioned Queen II as "must listen to material" on a fansite...and he references father to son on the hidden track (see my sig). any other co&ca fans out there on QZ?


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Posted: 08 Apr 05, 00:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

k-m wrote:

Sum 41 working on "Killer Queen"? Oh shit...

BTW what would be your types if you were to choose artists and songs for the tribute album? I read somewhere here that Bowie should cover "I'm Going Slightly Mad". This could be fucking brilliant! And my tip is Velvet Revolver doing a cover of "Tie Your Mother Down" (one of Slash's favourite songs). What do you think?



david is usualy fabulous doing covers... have ever listened to his version of Paul Simon's "America"? awesome... but more prestigious acts will be doing covers for this album: Green Day, Metallica, Elton John and also rumoured to be part of the list. At last a good move from Hollywood Records. This album will be on store to "welcome" Queen+PR American tour next Fall!!!!

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Posted: 08 Apr 05, 05:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

People just seem to criticise things like this becuase they seem to think it might make them a better fan. It's the same with Paul Rodgers...

Christ, he's just singing a few songs, be grateful. he's not trying to be Freddie, he's just being himself. Same I'm sure with this Tribute album. I for one would like to see The Darkness on there, I'd rather have them do something like Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy, something silly and light-hearted. I'm not afraid to say I like The Darkness. Or Electric Six. stick Radio Ga Ga on there, I think it - and they - are awesome. Phenomenal live. The Foo's should get their finger out and do some more Queen covers. Dave Grohl puts a good spin on the vocals for Tie Your Mother Down, and the Foo's used to do a cover of Now I'm Here in their shows in the late 90's. That was AWESOME.

I tell you what, I saw limpbizkit do a version of Hound Dog by Elvis, and that is possibly the greatest cover of that song I will ever see. Couldn't believe that they would be able to cover a more simple "rock n roll" song, but it just shows how single minded critics and non-likers can be. And I know for a fact that Fred Durst is an admirer of Queen. I for one would like to see them do a take of White Man. If any one has heard Underneath The Gun by limpbizkit you will no Fred Durst can sing rather than shout as everyone assumes. And John Otto is a phenomenal drummer, and I've got no doubts Wes Borland could put a darker slant on the guitar.

And as for a band who are MADE to do a Queen song - MUSE. I don't think there isn't a Queen song Muse could cover and not make it sound amazing. I'd like to say Bohemian Rhapsody, but I'd much rather see them do something fo Queen II, or another ANATO track.

Sorry, I've got a lot of ideas on this subject - and I'm rather bored at work.....

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Posted: 08 Apr 05, 14:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

GreatKingSam wrote:

People just seem to criticise things like this becuase they seem to think it might make them a better fan. It's the same with Paul Rodgers...


I agree. For once, can't we all just look at something with an open mind and not criticize until we actually hear the final result?

And I also completely agree with a cover from Muse! I think they could handle a lot of different material, but for some reason, I can imagine them doing an amazing version of Love Of My Life.


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Posted: 08 Apr 05, 17:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

arlene wrote:

I also ADORE!!!! Freddie's cover of Ricky Nelson's "Hello Mary Lou, Goodbye Heart". I think Freddie does it MUCH better, just Gorgeous!


the reason that covers can never better the original is nothing to do with personal taste or perception

it's down to design. the original is the way the song WAS intended to sound

a cover - no matter how great the artist and how fantastic the arrangement and performance - is nothing more than a great homage to the original


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Posted: 09 Apr 05, 09:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'm just hoping that Blink 182 doesn't decide to record Bohemian Rhapsody at one point. I'm just shuddering at the sounds of their singer's voice singing "Mama... oooh ooohhh, didn't mean to make you cry...."