Added on 05-Oct-2007
Posted by John Gonzalez | The Grand Rapids Press October 05, 2007 02:41AM
Categories: Desert Island Gems
If you grew up in the '70s, you know Queen. "We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions" resonated with all sports fans, and the thunderous "boom-boom, bah" clapping/stomping was just part of pop culture that defined the decade.
By the time 1977's "News of the World" album generated the classic sports anthem, die-hard fans already were familiar with Freddie Mercury and the boys from London. I know I was hooked at an early age by the songs "You're My Best Friend" and the classic "Bohemian Rhapsody," both off 1975's "A Night at the Opera."
But it was 1980's "The Game" that -- to me -- solidified the band as more than a bombastic Freddie Mercury sideshow. Two of the group's biggest hits are here, "Another One Bites the Dust" (which I recall with fond memories because it was the Detroit Lions' theme song -- man I loved Billy Sims) and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love." Both of those songs have held up over the test of time, and if you take a listen to other tracks, the whole 10-song package holds up as one of its best.
Singles such as opening track "Play the Game," "Save Me" and "Need Your Loving Tonight" help make this the band's only No. 1 studio album in the U.S. I'm also partial to songs such as "Don't Try Suicide" and "Sail Away Sweet Sister."
Take another listen to this classic.