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Today is the 20th Anniversary of the passing of Freddie Mercury. What do we think of Freddie? The greatest frontman of all time? Terrific songwriter? Big porn tashed bender? All opinions can be welcomed and argued. Either way it's a good time to throw in some Queen links while were at it. And maybe a discussion on the band themselves. A lot of threads have come up recently on band names, pop music and the general conversation of pop, and Queen were undoubtedly one of the best all round bands around. Discuss gents.

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Also 20 years to the day that Eric Carr (former KISS drummer) died. To young to remember either in their pomp, but both tremendous musicians and people I enjoy in 2011.

 

Christ, I forgot that, good drummer... no... great drummer. Much prefer him to Criss

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Big personality. Big Voice. Bigger Teeth.

 

The guy was a proper frontman, a great musician and somebody who along with the rest of Queen wrote some of greatest rock anthems ever given to the world. I wouldn't class Queen as being amongst my top 5 favourite bands but you cannot deny the talent they and Freddie himself possessed.

 

He could belt out a proper stadium anthem or just as effectively a heartfelt ballad. The Live Wembley 86 show is still one of my favourite live performances and the double CD was also the first CD I ever bought many moons ago. This particular song although simple in execution Is utterly beautiful.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8-rH2ilkxk

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What do we think of Freddie? The greatest frontman of all time? Terrific songwriter? Big porn tashed bender?

 

All three. And why not?

 

Queen - probably my favourite band of all time.

 

This is up there as one of the greatest live performances of any song ever, IMO:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Thz5198M0L8

 

I've always loved this too:

 

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I used to watch Quantum Leap every night on Sky One before I went to bed. After it, there was this show called Highlander that I thought was a boring cop show for adults. But I'd leave it on long enough for the opening credits because it had a brilliant theme tune. The song was "Princes of the Universe" by Queen. I even remember a boy at school agreeing with me, and both of us accusing the other of watching Highlander. Why that was unacceptable but watching Quantum Leap was fine, I don't know. Anyway, eventually I did start watching Highlander and it became my favourite TV/movie franchise of all time. I remember going into Woolworths one day after school and seeing the Queen "A Kind of Magic" album that had various Highlander-related songs on it and desperately wanting it. From there, I became a huge fan of Queen. Even bought Brian May's autobiography, which I think now was an odd thing for a thirteen-year-old to be reading in 1996. It had bits about Eastenders as well, which I watched at the time, so that was a bonus as well.

 

For the next few years, they were my favourite band until I got into Manic Street Preachers when I was fifteen or sixteen. I've lost most of my CD collection over the years, but I've owned far more Queen CDs than any other band. I even had their "Greatest Flicks" VHS tapes. I always toy with the idea of getting the Queen Singstar for the PlayStation. Might do for Christmas.

 

I wonder now why I ever thought Highlander was a cop show, because every night before the Queen music kicked in, the intro had all the "He is immortal" Highlander mythology blurb. I don't know why all the swords and ponytails and lads in olden time clothes never grabbed me for ages, that sort of thing was right up my little nerdy street.

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with my parents being long time fans i listened to queen all my childhood. bloody brilliant every song. freddie was a genius and the whole group were superb too ( all of them wrote some classics). no-one could command a stage like freddie. one of my favourite moments was the first time i saw this

 

 

wembley been mentioned and ive watched it about 50 times during my life but for best sets ever this has to rank up there

 

 

Radio gaga is a great moment

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I used to watch Quantum Leap every night on Sky One before I went to bed. After it, there was this show called Highlander that I thought was a boring cop show for adults. But I'd leave it on long enough for the opening credits because it had a brilliant theme tune. The song was "Princes of the Universe" by Queen. I even remember a boy at school agreeing with me, and both of us accusing the other of watching Highlander. Why that was unacceptable but watching Quantum Leap was fine, I don't know. Anyway, eventually I did start watching Highlander and it became my favourite TV/movie franchise of all time. I remember going into Woolworths one day after school and seeing the Queen "A Kind of Magic" album that had various Highlander-related songs on it and desperately wanting it. From there, I became a huge fan of Queen. Even bought Brian May's autobiography, which I think now was an odd thing for a thirteen-year-old to be reading in 1996. It had bits about Eastenders as well, which I watched at the time, so that was a bonus as well.

 

For the next few years, they were my favourite band until I got into Manic Street Preachers when I was fifteen or sixteen. I've lost most of my CD collection over the years, but I've owned far more Queen CDs than any other band. I even had their "Greatest Flicks" VHS tapes. I always toy with the idea of getting the Queen Singstar for the PlayStation. Might do for Christmas.

 

 

Other than the cop show stuff this was pretty much my life too...

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One of the greatest voices of all time; when the Guardian did a "50 Greatest Voices of the 20th Century" they inexplicably had him as an "also-ran".

 

Also an incredible songwriter, hugely underrated or talked about as far as that goes. Much of the Queen back catalogue stands up brilliantly nowadays, perhaps moreso than at the time in some cases.

 

The guy was a MASSIVE bender though, the sort of vastly rapacious homosexual that could only have existed in the pre-AIDS era. Hearing Brian talk about Freddie's sexual exploits in the late 70s and early 80s, particularly on the German club scene, it sounds frankly terrifying. Even Brian admitted he worried about him a lot, but felt he couldn't talk him out of it. A dangerous and ultimately fatal lifestyle, and it's a pity in a way as I think he'd have loved the sort of living legend status that he would undoubtedly have acquired by now.

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