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Posted: 24 May 05, 16:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think Dead on time is one of the best songs on the Jazz album. It's a great guitar track, perhaps the most difficult drum track Roger ever drummed (on a album) and a great basstrack. And the vocals aren't easy either. It had all the good elements a rocksong has to have. In this case it's fast and there is a lot of tension in this song. I was wondering why queen never released this as a single. Even Brian said that he was surprised that some people of the record company prefered FBG in stead of Dead on time. I think Dead on time is better than FBG, although FBG is also great ! They also didn't play DOT live. Why ? It's a great live track.

Don't you agree that DOT had to be a single from the jazz album and that it could have been one of the most interesting live nummers of all time ?

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Posted: 24 May 05, 16:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It's a good song, and yeah much better than 'Fat Bottomed Girls', but I can understand why it wasn't performed live. It's a hard song to perform, and even Freddie starts to stumble over the words every now and then - imagine Roger trying to pull this one off? He had one high-energy, damn-near-impossible song to perform for five years: 'Sheer Heart Attack'. If he'd performed 'Dead On Time', he'd be just that.

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Posted: 25 May 05, 06:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

They did perform Stone Cold Crazy very fast, that's faster than Dead On Time. The drumming is not that hard, Staying Power and Now I'm Here are more difficult. They just didn't do the track....


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Posted: 25 May 05, 06:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The lyrics in DEAD ON TIME are much quicker than the fastest version of STONE COLD CRAZY. Listen to this number (SCC that is)- every verse is pretty easy- it goes fast, but it has breaks between the phrases- easy to catch a breath.
"...I was dreaming I was Al Capone" (pause)...
"...fish bone" (pause)
...carry me away once more" (pause) etc.

In DEAD ON TIME there are bits where you can't stop for a moment, extremely fast and... difficult. Also- there are some really high notes there- after singing it he would have lose a voice for days...

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Posted: 25 May 05, 07:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Joma wrote:

They did perform Stone Cold Crazy very fast, that's faster than Dead On Time. The drumming is not that hard, Staying Power and Now I'm Here are more difficult. They just didn't do the track....


All Roger sings in 'Stone Cold Crazy' is 'Stone Cold Crazy'. That's not hard.


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Posted: 25 May 05, 07:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Dude no you can't say that. I'm sure Freddie could sing it live, He was god


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Posted: 25 May 05, 07:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Did some one say the "F" name?

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Posted: 25 May 05, 07:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

FriedChicken<br><font size=1>The Almighty</font> wrote:

Dude no you can't say that. I'm sure Freddie could sing it live, He was god

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Posted: 25 May 05, 08:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

FriedChicken<br><font size=1>The Almighty</font> wrote:

Dude no you can't say that. I'm sure Freddie could sing it live, He was god


Yeaaah ... my opinion :-D!


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Posted: 25 May 05, 10:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'd say that Sheer Heart Attack is the toughest track to play drums on.........

Either that or Bijou,,,,,, :-)


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Posted: 25 May 05, 10:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Benn wrote:

I'd say that Sheer Heart Attack is the toughest track to play drums on.........


No. The two songs I mentioned and probably Let Me Entertain You are harder. Or the middle section in One Vision.


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Posted: 25 May 05, 14:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yeah you are right. Staying power is difficult. It 's got a lot of different beats in a fast tempo. But I would not say Now I'm here is diffult. When Roger is doing that fills he is just playing certain figures all over the toms.

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Posted: 26 May 05, 02:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Roger has said himself he finds 'Now im here' hard work and he really has to be on the ball to get it right.


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Posted: 26 May 05, 07:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yeah the hero is right. Although Roger is fantastic drummer he sometimes exaggerates some things. He is a bit lazy sometimes. Now I'm here should not be so diffult or hard too play for a drummer on that level. I also sometimes play it and I am a drummer for about six years so for Roger it ....

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Posted: 23 Jul 05, 14:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

FriedChicken<br><font size=1>The Almighty</font> wrote:

Dude no you can't say that. I'm sure Freddie could sing it live, He was god


Oke so Freddie was your daddy, hmmm Niek this is a complete new vieuw of you, as the lost son of Freddie ;-)

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Posted: 23 Jul 05, 22:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

And here I was, thinking that I was the only guy who liked DoT.
The ending of the song is just priceless.


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Posted: 24 Jul 05, 06:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Dead On Time would have been great live...

but I agree that because they already had SHA as a fast paced rock song they chose to just do that one.

Procession intro in the dark, then straight into Dead On Time !!!!!!!!

That would have rocked!!!!!!!!! :P

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Posted: 24 Jul 05, 09:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I don't understand why this song wasn't included on the Queen Rocks compilation. I think it's my favourite Queen rock song :-)

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Posted: 24 Jul 05, 11:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It's not that hard to perform live, unless... you want it sung/played exactly like the record. As a singer, I've only recently come to the realisation that I shouldn't go for all the high notes 100% of the time. It's usually better to get something that works and not have a bum note that you know could've been avoided.

I'm sure Queen could've performed this track. Another reason for the perception that it could be hard to sing is because the lyrics are fast. Trust me when I say, as long as you know the words and where they come in, you'll be able to do it as fast as you want! Learning words at my youth theatre really showed me what can be done. Especially a couple of years back when I had to learn a list of items and have them flow in the right order and at a particular speed.

I think the most valid reason for it not being performed as mentioned in this thread is that it's a fair amount of work, i.e. not that easy! And that there were other songs they wanted in the set.

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Posted: 28 Jul 05, 20:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Did you know that Dead On Time was one of two Queen-songs banned on the national radio channel in Norway when the war in Iraq began? The other song was All Dead, All Dead, both Brian May songs..


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