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Posted: 15 Feb 06, 19:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Can you believe this album is 20 years old this year???

I started kindergarton in '86, so not many memories from me unfortunately. Although I can somehow distinctly remember AKOM (the song) being blasted at a circus at the time. Plus correct me if I'm wrong, I think Pain Is So Close to Pleasure was released as a single in Oz because I remember already been familiar with it when I eventually got the album in... hmmm, was it 1994 or 1995? I received it as a birthday gift together with A Night At The Opera (quite a combination, hey?!). I recall not being too fond of the album because I was more interested in Queen's pre-1980 material at that point. I can remember being somewhat disappointed when I purchased Greatest Hits II because it was so different from Greatest Hits I. I remember thinking where the hell did all these keyboards and synthesisers comes from??? No operatic bits, no high-pitched screaming???

But back to AKOM. I'm interested to know your memories of what you were doing at the time it was released and your first impressions of the singles and album.


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Posted: 16 Feb 06, 05:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I was born on Feb 5th 1986. Not a lot of memories from me I'm afraid.


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Posted: 16 Feb 06, 08:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote


None at all, not being born until 1990. Just wasting space here. Hehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe etc.


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Posted: 16 Feb 06, 08:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

in that year i have six years old, but i remember a disc (A KIND OF MAGIC) in the front of a music shop.i liked his cover.Many years later i become in a big fan.


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Posted: 16 Feb 06, 09:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

born 2-4-88...no memories.

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Posted: 16 Feb 06, 10:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well gee, all you younguns... allow a real gramps to throw in his two cents!

Actually, I wasn't even three years old at the time, but I do vaguely remember playing computer games on my parents' Commodore 64 (it was very high-tech at the time, and my dad held onto that computer until at least 1998) and listening to the album at times.

The earliest memory I have of the album is of 'Gimme The Prize' and 'One Year Of Love', though I remember being appalled at my father for lending me a cassette version of it that he recorded from the CD and seeing that he spelled it 'Don't Loose Your Head'. Oh, that drove me up the wall.

When it was released in the US, I was still a month away from turning three, and I guess at that time I was just about to go on vacation with my parents to Disney World.

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Posted: 16 Feb 06, 10:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Ahhh fond memories of this one i was 12 years old and was awaiting the release of AKOM and the videos were showing on tv A kind of magic (SINGLE) was still hanging around the charts and i enjoyed the video immensely.
I also rememeber newspapers with queen announcing big stadium dates for the magic tour and getting very excited about it and hoping just hoping i might see these guys.

Anyway's the album was worth waiting for after nearly two years since 'the works' and having only freddie solo stuff and one vision to whet the appetite, i played it from start to finish and i was well impressed with most of the album but not all.

One vision AKOM, one year of love, WWTLF, GTP and princes i all liked but the remaining tracks took a good few listens to before i was won over.

I can't believe it's 20 years old Wow!!!.


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Posted: 16 Feb 06, 14:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I can't believe this.

I was 14. Which makes me the daddy so far.

I had reached 6ft tall, had just discovered alcohol, via the medium of Strongbow Cider, which was drunk under the bridge near my house. We'd also just discovered girls, which were played with under the bridge near my house.

If I remember rightly, the weather was quite mild - but as usual the British Summer delivered a bucket of rain.

I bought my first video recorder. £250. Can you believe that? Quite advanced actually - it was a front loader. Incredibly, the fact that VCRs were always indestructible was proved last year, when I finally threw it out.

I remember getting the album. It was a soundtrack for the summer. On vinyl, no less. I still have it. We "taped" it and played it on Ian Barton's ghetto blaster, along with Reckless, Eliminator and Love at First Sting.

It was a bit of a turnaround time for me and my mates. 14 is when you really realise that the childhood is passed. Next year, you'll be picking subjects for GCSEs. The older lads would be sitting driving tests. Then it's A-levels. Then it's university.

It moves past so quickly. I remember me, the lads, Lisa, Emma and Nuala sitting on the wall of Lisa's house as the sun sets, every night for nine weeks of the summer holiday; parents start calling you in for tea; then an evening on the pitch next to the river with a football or a frisbee. Home, and not a care in the world.

Feel free to play the theme from The Waltons at this point. Anyway.



Just to add to this, other events of 1986 include:
the deaths of Phil Lynott, Jimmy Cagney, Cliff Burton, Henry Moore and Harold MacMillan
Space Shuttle Challenger exploded, killing 7
the first PC virus, Brain, kicked off
Halley's Comet passed at its closest point
Suzy Lamplugh vanished - she hasn't been seen since
the Iran Contra affair kicked off
100 years of the Statue of Liberty
Imelda Marcos had to pack her shoes and leave...


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Posted: 16 Feb 06, 17:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

ok.computer wrote:

I can't believe this.

I was 14. Which makes me the daddy so far.

I had reached 6ft tall, had just discovered alcohol, via the medium of Strongbow Cider, which was drunk under the bridge near my house. We'd also just discovered girls, which were played with under the bridge near my house.

If I remember rightly, the weather was quite mild - but as usual the British Summer delivered a bucket of rain.

I bought my first video recorder. £250. Can you believe that? Quite advanced actually - it was a front loader. Incredibly, the fact that VCRs were always indestructible was proved last year, when I finally threw it out.

I remember getting the album. It was a soundtrack for the summer. On vinyl, no less. I still have it. We "taped" it and played it on Ian Barton's ghetto blaster, along with Reckless, Eliminator and Love at First Sting.

It was a bit of a turnaround time for me and my mates. 14 is when you really realise that the childhood is passed. Next year, you'll be picking subjects for GCSEs. The older lads would be sitting driving tests. Then it's A-levels. Then it's university.

It moves past so quickly. I remember me, the lads, Lisa, Emma and Nuala sitting on the wall of Lisa's house as the sun sets, every night for nine weeks of the summer holiday; parents start calling you in for tea; then an evening on the pitch next to the river with a football or a frisbee. Home, and not a care in the world.

Feel free to play the theme from The Waltons at this point. Anyway.



Just to add to this, other events of 1986 include:
the deaths of Phil Lynott, Jimmy Cagney, Cliff Burton, Henry Moore and Harold MacMillan
Space Shuttle Challenger exploded, killing 7
the first PC virus, Brain, kicked off
Halley's Comet passed at its closest point
Suzy Lamplugh vanished - she hasn't been seen since
the Iran Contra affair kicked off
100 years of the Statue of Liberty
Imelda Marcos had to pack her shoes and leave...


Man I'm gonna cry. I was 12 but have the same memories. That was one of my favourite years.

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Posted: 16 Feb 06, 18:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hi

I was also 12 in 1986 and AKOFM was my first Queen single (on television the fantastic video - musicbox, sky channel...) and in the summer my first self bought LP. And also the starting point of becoming a Queen-Fan.

My memories are basically very similiar compared to Ok computer and anto1. At was the same feeling for a 12 year old boy in Germany. This year was one of my very favourite ways and I bought then my first Queen LPs (mostly second hand)and tapes.

To visit the Queen show in Cologne was my greatest wish, but my parants decided: "You are too young!". So sad...

Out of this nostalgic reasons (and because it had some very good songs included) it will be always an very special Queen LP for me.

In late 1986 or in spring 1987 (I´m not 100% shure) was a 60 min of the BUDAPEST concert shown in in german television, it was so great to see them the first time live (on TV screen) and Tutti Frutti was a big surprise.

Queen was of course popular 1986 in Germany but not the same way like today, there was rarely an admiring element for them by the most ordinary people. For most of the younger pop and rock fans in Germany, Queen was not "in" in 1986.

I think AKOFM LP was intended as an sucessfull mainstream pop / rock album. That depends maybe on the fact that most of the songs had been written as soundtrack material for an absolutly mainstream oriented movie.

I also think that the group was a bit dissapointed about the relativ small success of the album - but on the other hand was the tour an big success.

But 1986 was the big time for acts like of Eurythmics, A-ha, Europe, Depeche Mode, U2, Pet Shop Boys, The Cure, Madonna, Tina Turner, Level 42 , Dire Straits, Genesis and many more..
in the german charts.

It was great...

Mmmh...memories.



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Posted: 16 Feb 06, 19:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Jeez, you lot haven't been born! Lol! I was 22 in 1985, and remember being blown away when hearing One Vision on the radio for the first time. Oh YESSS!!! The band were rocking again!!! How I prayed that the album would continue in the same theme - Queen were BACK!! Sadly, things didn't change all that much, as AKOM still turned out to be an average 80's album, albeit with a few gems. Unfortunately, the likes of PISCTP and DLYH did absolutely nothing for me, while Friends, One Year, and Gimme the Prize were merely listenable, leaving only four great tracks, which was a kind of disappointing. Still, as a soundtrack album, it was miles better than f**king Flash!


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Posted: 16 Feb 06, 19:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

i was 1

at least i was around...

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Posted: 17 Feb 06, 06:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

me too


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