31 Years, 31 Days, 31 Bands: Queen

I had heard Queen on the radio.  I loved the layered operatic of “Bohemian Rhapsody” and the rock slam that was “Tie You Mother Down” but I wasn’t a fan yet.  I didn’t own a record.

Then I moved from Atlanta to Travelers Rest, South Carolina.

Travelers Rest population in 1980…3017 people

Atlanta population 1980…2,233,324

Soooo there was some culture shock.

To help in the transition my mom took me one Saturday to a record store in Greenville where I found this record:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The guy in the store…I don’t remember now what record store it was said the songs on the album were great and I’d already heard “Another One Bites The Dust” on the radio.

I bought it…my money as I recall.

Tracks:

Side One…If you don’t know what Side One means go find somebody older than you to explain it or better yet go to Papa Jazz and buy some vinyl…Woody at the shop will show you.

Play The Game…An underappreciated Queen song…”Open up your mind and let me step inside…Rest your weary head and let your heart decide”

Dragon Attack…A friend of mine once had a fiance that I called The Dragon…Because of this song

Another One Bites The Dust…One of the two radio hits from this album

Need Your Loving Tonight…Kinda cheesy 50’s rock anthem

Crazy Little Thing Called Love…The other radio hit from this album

 

Side Two

Rock It (Prime Jive)…Experimental

Don’t Try Suicide…This one comes to my mind whenever I see a movie character about to commit the act

Sail Away Sweet Sister…I was an eighties emo…I loved this song

Coming Soon…The least impressive song on the album

Save Me…This was a live anthem and actually the best song on the album.

 

I spent some time getting to know the people in TR and when the days got to me…Me, my headphones my parents bought me to avoid my music and this LP

(again see Woody at Papa Jazz if you have questions) were the way I would erase the day.

 

Then I became a Queen fan…Albums, cassettes anything I could get my hands on…I had it.

 

Greatest Hits came out on cassette so as a result I never owned it on vinyl…Though I now have the cd’s.

 

July 13, 1985…Live Aid Wembley Stadium…It was a love letter to a band by a country for which they were the voice.

It rings in my head even now the opening song of Bohemian Rhapsody with the entire 100,000 plus audience singing along…All the way to the most rock and roll moment ever.

Radio Gaga.  During Radio Gaga he could have told them to tear the stadium down and they would have done it.  Happily…Willingly…2nd song in the set and he had them in the palm of his hand.

 

 

 

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