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Posted: 07 Jan 07, 14:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

OK guys, I have written several threads about Brian May's vastly inflated ego. I can't help but post yet another one! Did you read the latest post that he put up on his website in which he suggests that "Prophet's Song" could have been as big a hit as "Bohemian Rhapsody" if only it had been released instead? Is he nuts?!! Here is what he wrote:


"I sometimes wonder this also [whether "Prophet's Song" could have been as big as "Bohemian Rhapsody"]. It was always so random which song got picked for the leading single from a Queen album. It bothered me sometimes. History can never be reversed ... certain things became engrained in public consciousness and it will pretty much always be that way. That's why sometimes I wish the Greatest Hits would disappear for a while, and people would have more chance to get back into the original albums with an unprejudiced ear. Still, after GH 1 becoming the biggest album in History in the UK, I guess I ought not grumble ! "

In the first place, it is disturbing to hear him talk about "history" being reversed as a function of which Queen was released first from the "A Night At the Opera" album. What the F***! I honestly suspect that the reason Brian May does not like "Queen's Greatest Hits" is because Freddie Mercury has more songs on it than he does. Whenever he does live shows (including the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, of all things!!), we all know that he reverses the ratio in favor of his own songs.

Why in the world does he think that "Prophet's Song" is one of the great Queen songs? After all, was it ever a hit in any way? This comment reminds me of something funny that I heard from Tito Jackson, I think. He said something along the lines of how, if only he had been given the right breaks in life, then he, and not Michael Jackson, would have been the great star. Brian May's posting here is just as delusional.

By the way, like all of Brian May's early releases, I suspect that "Prophet's Song" would have tanked. The melody is weak, and Freddie Mercury sounds like a girl. While "Bohemian Rhapsody" possessed a funny, campy quality, the self-serious quality that you find in "Prophet's Song" is stifling.

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Posted: 07 Jan 07, 14:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

*siiiiiiiigh* Just because the Prophet's Song wasn't a HUGE hit, doesn't mean it wasn't a great song. In fact, I happen to like it BETTER than Bohemian Rhapsody. Bo Rhap just gets annoying after a while, due to the over-playing of said song on the radio and everywhere else....


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Posted: 07 Jan 07, 15:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

What a way of twisting things around! First of all, Brian was answering a fan's letter, not coming out of the blue with this suggestion.

The fan of course stroked Brian's ego a bit by asking such a question, but who can blame Brian for taking the opportunity to say he "always wondered". And he in fact says that his song is not as commercial in his opinion.

Freddie himself was the first to dismiss his own songs ("use them like tissues"). I think Brian handled the question very well. And he has every right to wonder whether some different single choices might have resulted in more success for his songs.

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

Freddie's #1 Fan Forever wrote:

OK guys, I have written several threads about Brian May's vastly inflated ego. I can't help but post yet another one! Did you read the latest post that he put up on his website in which he suggests that "Prophet's Song" could have been as big a hit as "Bohemian Rhapsody" if only it had been released instead? Is he nuts?!!


Your name says it all. You are a "Freddie fan", not a Queen fan. You're twisting things to match your personal vendetta against Brian May. Brian is merely wondering how things would have been different if another song had been released as a single. He has every right to like his own songs. This is not even remotely close to being an "ego trip" as you have suggested countless times.

To state the obvious, you are beyond obsessive about cutting Brian to shreds at any opportunity. Witnessing the amount of effort you put into this is actually scary. How many times did you edit the Wikipedia article about the FM Tribute concert, with your outlandish suggestion that the concert was all about Brian satisfying his ego? You are so completely out to lunch. Nobody with any sense of impartiality or self-respect takes you seriously. You are a disgrace to Queen fans everywhere.



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Posted: 07 Jan 07, 17:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

i agree. Queen is about 4 people, and that 4 people have the right to think what they want. in my very personal point of view Brian May didn't tried to said it like that, ohh i feel sick just to writing this down.


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Posted: 07 Jan 07, 17:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Brian always did say he was the most pig headed member of the group. Who knows, he maybe, out of all the members in the band quite possibly made some key decsions that really did help them as a group,,, all thanks to his ego.

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Posted: 07 Jan 07, 17:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Brian can complain and whine and have as big an ego as he wants. I don't care. He's Brian May, he's earned the right.


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Posted: 07 Jan 07, 17:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Ok Guys,
In the first place, I am glad to see the interest that this exciting topic has generated. On the other hand, the release of the mediocre "Prophet's Song" in place of the brilliant “Bohemian Rhapsody” would likely have resulted in the demise of the entire band. It is outrageous to me that Brian May fails to recognize this fact. After all, costs involved in making “A Night At the Opera” were enormous, and Brian’s previous singles had flopped. The thing that really pisses me off the most here is Brian’s failure at acknowledge the fact that “Bohemian Rhapsody” is the very reason for why he and the others became famous in the first place!


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Posted: 07 Jan 07, 17:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie's #1 Fan Forever wrote:

the release of the mediocre "Prophet's Song" in place of the brilliant “Bohemian Rhapsody”


Not only a die-hard stepford, also a musical moron.

No one with an education in music, experience as a musician or anything similar could agree with you in a straight face.

If you don't like the song, fine. If you deny the song's qualities: you are very, very dumb.


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Posted: 07 Jan 07, 18:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I agree with ThomasQuinn.

In other news, Hell has just frozen over.


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Posted: 07 Jan 07, 18:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

To Freddie's #1 Fan,
If you quote somebody in your writings you could at least quote him/her correctly.

Brian continues his answer on Soapbox: "But the Prophet's Song is not really so commercial, I think ... more for the specialists .."

And that pretty much says that Brian is aware that Prophet's Song probably wouldn't have had the same impact on charts as Bo Rhap did. It's great a song, though. Just not the type of song that tops the charts.

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Posted: 07 Jan 07, 19:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

OK Guys,
Someone above was saying that "Prophet's Song" has great musical qualities. I cannot disagree more.

I think that one of the great things about "Bohemian Rhapsody" is the extent to which it is so very tightly written. At no point does it lose your interest. "Prophet's Song," on the other hand, is just plain boring. I mean, essentially half of the song is made up of what sounds like stupid, pretentious noise and no melody. The "Now I Know, Now I Know, Now I know, Listen to the Wise Man" part is not only boring, but its self-serious elements are so ridiculously inflated that it becomes inadvertently funny. Let's face it, although it may be cool for hard-core Queen fans to list "Prophet's Song" as among their favorites, this piece of music sucks and has no business on any Greatest Hits compilation whatsoever.

On the other hand, "Bohemian Rhapsody" is a truly brilliant song. As far as I am concerned this brilliance is rooted in its humorous qualities. To me, this humor is associated with the way that it turns hard rock and heavy metal into something that is also simultaneously very gay. What a funny and original thing to do! On the other hand, there is nothing funny or original about "Prophet's Song." It drones on and like something that some pilgrim wrote 200 years ago. My God, give me a break.


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Posted: 07 Jan 07, 19:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

To Freddie's #1 Fan Forever: Please respect Brian's request that if you're going to quote from The Soapbox, you should also provide a link.

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Posted: 07 Jan 07, 19:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie's #1 Fan Forever wrote:

OK Guys,
Someone above was saying that "Prophet's Song" has great musical qualities. I cannot disagree more.

I think that one of the great things about "Bohemian Rhapsody" is the extent to which it is so very tightly written. At no point does it lose your interest. "Prophet's Song," on the other hand, is just plain boring. I mean, essentially half of the song is made up of what sounds like stupid, pretentious noise and no melody. The "Now I Know, Now I Know, Now I know, Listen to the Wise Man" part is not only boring, but its self-serious elements are so ridiculously inflated that it becomes inadvertently funny. Let's face it, although it may be cool for hard-core Queen fans to list "Prophet's Song" as among their favorites, this piece of music sucks and has no business on any Greatest Hits compilation whatsoever.

On the other hand, "Bohemian Rhapsody" is a truly brilliant song. As far as I am concerned this brilliance is rooted in its humorous qualities. To me, this humor is associated with the way that it turns hard rock and heavy metal into something that is also simultaneously very gay. What a funny and original thing to do! On the other hand, there is nothing funny or original about "Prophet's Song." It drones on and like something that some pilgrim wrote 200 years ago. My God, give me a break.


Wow. I've never seen anyone miss the point as completely as you have. And to be so bold as to say "this piece of music sucks" is absolutely rediculous. I mean, do you know ANYTHING about music? Yeah, 'Bohemian Rhapsody' IS a damn good song, but it's no better or worse than 'The Prophet's Song'. Nor is it the best written piece of music they have to offer. Hell, It isn't even in the top ten as far as I'm concerned.

Oh yeah, congratulations. Your wind-up is working nicely.


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Posted: 07 Jan 07, 19:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"Why in the world does he think that "Prophet's Song" is one of the great Queen songs?"

Because it is.

PEOPLE OF THIS THREAD ; please pay attention to this post, it'll give you some perspective.
Do not bother responding to this person, because they (while keeping a straight face) managed to write:
"Freddie Mercury was the only rock star who ever really had a sense of rhythm".

Please... let the thread die. It's as stupid as the last 50 threads they started.


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Posted: 07 Jan 07, 20:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sometimes you just can't resist, Zebonka. ;)


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Posted: 07 Jan 07, 20:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

i only use the Prophet's Song to test my equipment for stereo sound hahahaha... It IS a brilliant song but can never compete with BoRap.
Brian is an okay guy, and what he says is just his opinion, and everybody is in title to have one, and we, the fans, are not in any position to judge another persons opinion. If Brian has thoughts, feelings and speeks / writes freely about them, it is only what HE thinks and feels, it is NEVER a holy or written law! So relax, don't pick on the man, leave him, let him be, he is he only human, and so are we....aren't we?


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Posted: 07 Jan 07, 20:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I don't think Brian met any harm in this observation.

In the past... Brian has, at times, tended to talk up his accomplishments in Queen, and downplay Freddie's somewhat.

But let's not distort the facts.... yeah, yeah, yeah... Queen were 4 equal members...

but the **leaders** were Freddie & Brian

These 2 are Queen's equivelent to Lennon & Mac in the Beatles.

Brian & Freddie were two talented musicians who needed each other to produce their best work.

Or simply put....
I feel Brian was responsible for Queen playing good music.
I feel Freddie made sure Queen had good music to play.




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