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Posted: 17 Sep 05, 04:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I have always wondered why he sang this tune and not freddie and why it was left of the miracle.Maybe no-one else will agree(because i grew up loving it)but it is a catchy song.Im not a big fan of the miracle album,but this song should have been on there,as well as stealin,great B-sides,great songs.

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Posted: 17 Sep 05, 04:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Roger sang his own songs on albums up to The Game. Which are:

Modern Times Rock n' Roll
Loser in the End
Tenement Funster
I'm in Love with My Car
Drowse
Fight From The Inside
Fun It (shared with Freddie)
More of that Jazz
Rock It (Freddie intro)
A Human Body (b-side)

Roger's answer according to a fan-club question in why he stopped is 'dunno - sorry'. Certainly Roger sang guide vocals on his tracks in the 80's. And according to Greg Brooks sang a bit on Mother Love.


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Posted: 17 Sep 05, 04:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Banquo wrote:


Roger's answer according to a fan-club question in why he stopped is 'dunno - sorry'. Certainly Roger sang guide vocals on his tracks in the 80's. And according to Greg Brooks sang a bit on Mother Love.


It would be more than fair to say that by 1980 even Roger had realised that Queen wouldn't have any hits with HIS vocals.

That's why he let Freddie do the vocals on the later albums, and that's why the only Roger-song that Freddie wouldn't/couldn't sing ended up in the backside of a single... That's the only place where it didn't hurt the sales. :P

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Posted: 17 Sep 05, 13:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I always wondered if they didn't have a sort of agreement between "The Game" and "Hot Space":
"ok, Rog, we put one of your songs on a single A-Side, but I'll sing it!" (Freddie). From "Hot Space" on, Roger didn't sing his songs on the albums anymore, but some of them were released as singles for Queen. Sure, he had his solo career, but I think Freddie had less input on the albums. "Radio Ga-Ga" was "The Works"' first 45t, same for "A Kind Of Magic" on AKOM. On "The Miracle", Roger had 2 singles ("Invisible Man" and "Breakthru"), same on "Innuendo" ("Innuendo" - co-written with Freddie, OK - and "These Are The Days Of Our Lives"). On "Made In Heaven", he had "Heaven For Everyone", "You Don't Fool Me" (written with Freddie) and "Let Me Live" (which he completed)...

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Posted: 17 Sep 05, 14:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

They have agreement on "The Game" but about other things: Freddie and Brian write 3 songs each other, John and Roger - 2 songs each other. That's, probably, why 'A Human's Body' was left out of the album, though there was space for it.

About 'Hijack My Heart': yes, I agree, it would be great it the song would be on the album as well as 'Stealin'', but who cares about our opinions? And by the way on their next release another one song sung by not Freddie was released only as B-side - 'Lost Opportunity'.

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Posted: 17 Sep 05, 17:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote


I love this song...Rogers vocals are great and layed back...Too bad it isnt on the album, sure is a better track than 'rain must fall'


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Posted: 17 Sep 05, 18:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Posted: 17 Sep 05, 18:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Ayreon wrote:


I love this song...Rogers vocals are great and layed back...Too bad it isnt on the album, sure is a better track than 'rain must fall'


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Posted: 18 Sep 05, 14:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

R.E.M-QUEEN wrote:

Why Did Rodger sing hijack my heart?


RoDger? What?


An interview? Oh, don't be ridiculous...
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Posted: 19 Sep 05, 22:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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R.E.M-QUEEN wrote:

Why Did Rodger sing hijack my heart?


RoDger? What?


He means Paul Rodgers sang it during rehearsals ;-)

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Posted: 20 Sep 05, 02:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Rain Must Fall is awesome.

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Posted: 12 Nov 05, 11:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Because he wanted...

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Posted: 12 Nov 05, 14:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Why not? I mean, Roger's got a great voice.


John: "It's the one thing I wish I could do - sing."

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Posted: 10 Apr 15, 11:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Reviving a 10 year old thread: Just listened to the song and it sounds VERY Cross-like. Especially close to Shove It.

I wonder if ANYONE other than Roger played on it. Perhaps some of the guitar.


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Posted: 10 Apr 15, 20:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I asked to Roger why he left to sang a song being the lead singer in Queen albums in the 80's like he did in the 70's.
He answered me, they were lucky to have Freddie and prefered to gave him all the songs.

A curiios thing, apart from that, is that, in my opinion, Roger's interpretation of "Ride the wild wind" is better than Freddie. You can feel Roger sang it with all his passion at the time.

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Posted: 11 Apr 15, 06:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Stealin' has always sucked as a queen track. It's nothing more than a bare bones skeleton of a song. Right down to the simple "octave pedal"sounding acoustic guitar bits (could even be a "glassy sounding acoustic pedal" on an electric)


Way underdeveloped.

But it's a curio for the queen enthusiast.

And unless I'm crazy. The "air" of affairs in the late 80's was comfortably positive and optimistic unless you were in Guatemala.

The music was at least positive.

This curio is interesting.

As for hijack my heart. Who knows. If I asked him he'd probably get mad at me for being "not what he expected" as per aging distant rock stars snooding down.

But if there's a journalist here. Why not ask it?


Maybe it was a last minute decision to add his DEMO version to a b side. Maybe it hasn't advanced to the mercury line.


That's my guess.


It IS very interesting though as it's a post THE GAME Roger solo vocal.


I think it's fun, casually risqué, 80's-ily infectious with the electronic percussion and synth bass. That's been my favorite Roger solo spot just for the cheesy outro.


Stole my heart. .. threw away the keeeyy.


Etc.


It's just a generation thing for me honestly. Just like enjoying parts of ROCKY IV (a prolonged 80's music video)

Particularly "no easy way out"


80's cheese power synth.


Somehow the GREAT artists managed to express themselves through a sampled music database. (Eurythmics, Devo, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, etc) while others faltered.


It's a cheesy song but it's cheery and I love it.

Someone ask Roger


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Posted: 11 Apr 15, 06:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

matt z wrote:

Maybe it was a last minute decision to add his DEMO version to a b side. Maybe it hasn't advanced to the mercury line.


That's indeed an interesting theory. It could also, alternatively, have been a 'Shove It' reject which may or may not have had some input from other Queen members.


John hated HS. Fred's fave singer was not PR. Roger didn't compose 'Innuendo.' Witness testimonies are often inaccurate. Scotland's not in England. 'Bo Rhap' hasn't got 180 voices.
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Posted: 11 Apr 15, 09:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I suspect "Shove It" reject is about right.


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Posted: 12 Apr 15, 09:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think calling it a Shove It "reject" is unfair, it's actually a really good song and one of my favourite Queen songs (and I'm not ashamed to admit that). It might well have been left over from those sessions, but in my opinion, it's unlikely (no evidence to back that theory up, of course) - sounds more like a Miracle reject.

I'd say that Brian played on the song alongside Roger, because the guitar solo is definitely a Brian solo - same goes for the fills in the song. Not sure if Freddie or John had any input though, it's not 100% obvious - although any four of them could have played any of the keyboards/synth bass on the song. It's highly debatable but we have no evidence to say for sure who did what.


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Posted: 12 Apr 15, 11:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I agree "reject" is unnecessarily pejorative: I rather like the song, having been reminded of it in recent days (and having had it on the original CD single from when it came out).

As for the solo I was undecided on that. But I'd defer to the experts.

And as for Freddie not singing on it, it's got a lovely vocal from Roger. :-)


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