SONG OF THE DAY: #8 QUEEN

Queen is an English Rock band, the band is formed in 1970 in London by Guitarist Brian May, singer Freddy Mercury, and drummer Roger Taylor. Supplemented with bassist John Deacon in 1971. With dozens of hits in the 70s, 80s, and 90s Queen was one of the greatest rock bands in the history of rock. The band is known for their musical versatility, the layered arrangements, harmonies, and the powerful live performances. The performance during Live Aid in 1985 was elected 20 years later as the best live performance of all time. Queens’ big breakthrough began in 1974 with the singles Killer Queen and Now I’m Here from the album Sheer Heart Attack and years later with the album A Night at the Opera with the number 1 hit Bohemian Rhapsody. Queen has released a total of fifteen studio albums, seven live albums, two ep’s, ten DVDs, multiple collection albums and dozens of singles. All band members have also undertaken solo projects. It is estimated that the band has sold more than 300 million albums worldwide, making it one of the most successful bands in the world. After Mercury’s death in 1991, John Deacon withdrew from public life, except for a few gigs. May and Taylor continued to work together. From 2005 to 2008 they did this with the British singer Paul Rodgers. Under the name Queen + Paul Rodgers, a new studio album was recorded and two tours were held. In addition, a new album was released in 2014: Queen Forever. This album contains unreleased songs, including a duet between Queen-singer Freddie Mercury and the American singer Michael Jackson, who died in 2009. Furthermore, the album mainly consists of new versions of previously released songs.

Tonight I’m gonna have myself a really good time, I feel alive and the world I’ll turn it inside out. And floating around in ecstasy, so don’t stop me now. Don’t stop me, cause I’m having a good time, having a good time. I’m a shooting star leaping through the sky, like a tiger defying the laws of gravity I’m racing a racing car passing by like Lady Godiva. I’m gonna go there’s no stopping me.

Freddie Mercury wrote this song, both words, and music, in Montreux, Switzerland. It finds him feeling unstoppable: he’s “floating around in ecstasy”, “like a tiger defying the laws of gravity”, and “traveling at the speed of light.” The song is quite empowering, but it’s also clear that Mercury is throwing caution to the wind and putting himself in danger:

I am a satellite, I’m out of control
I am a sex machine ready to reload

After Mercury died of AIDS-related causes in 1991, it became clear that his hedonism during this period caught up with him. Brian May told Mojo that he struggled with the lyrics because it was a detrimental time in Mercury’s life when he was “taking lots of drugs and having sex with lots of men.”

May we meet again!

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