Saturday, February 03, 2007

We Are The Champions!

In the world of Rock n’ Roll we have the King (Elvis), we have a Prince (Prince) and we have a Queen (Freddie Mercury). I am not sure as to whether or not we have a princess but I am sure that, if given the time, I would probably find one!

Now I am not a fan of Elvis though I have to admit that I do love his song “Can’t Help Falling In Love.” I care little for Prince but I don’t mind his song “Little Red Corvette.” I do, however, love the music of the English rock band Queen.

British-Indian rock musician Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara, 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) and lead singer of Queen is best remembered for his powerful vocal abilities and charisma as a live performer. As a songwriter, he composed many international hits, including "Killer Queen", "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Somebody to Love", "We Are the Champions", "Bicycle Race", "Don't Stop Me Now", and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love". Mercury died of complications from AIDS, greatly increasing public awareness of the disease.

Queen was formed in 1970 in London by Brian May, Roger Taylor, and Freddie Mercury from the remains of the band Smile, with John Deacon completing the line up the following year. Britain's most successful band of the past three decades became popular during the mid-to-late 1970s and still retains an extremely large international fan base.

Now I am not sure if many of you enjoy their music but I think it safe to say that Queen has been, is and will be for a very long time, a formidable rock n’ roll group known throughout the world. Though many of the songs from various artists that I listened to throughout my “growing years” have been long forgotten, Queen has managed to stay stuck in my mind. It is safe to say that there are more Queen songs on my Ipod than that of any other group. Many of their songs have made it into movies and commercials which attest to the popularity of this group. Below, I have included a couple of videos from Queen as well as one particular commercial. The first video is about seven minutes but if you enjoy Queen, I think it is worth the watch. If you haven't seen the second video before, I suggest that you watch it to the very end otherwise you will miss a good laugh... At least I thought it was funny! Enjoy!








Sources
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freddie_Mercury
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_%28band%29

20 comments:

Sunil Parmar said...

That was informative again. Never tried this but i love few songs of Pink Floyd.:)

Have a nice day Dave.:)

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Didn't care for the way they lived but their music is great!

If you happen to like the TV series, "Lost". You might enjoy this video of Lost meets Queen at
http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/272811

Le Nightowl said...

One of my all-time fav groups :)

Le Nightowl said...

PS: loved the 2nd video :)

Monika said...

What a great performer Freddy was! Love the music. I hate commercials, this one's just pathetic.

Monika said...

Uuh, forgot to ask but want to know: How do you come up with the themes of your blog entry?

Hammer said...

Yeah queen is awesome. I've got four of their discs. I never get tired of them.

Sue said...

I had actually seen that commercial before and thought it was quite amusing.. :-)

I was watching the videos and my dear, sweet Ty was sitting next to me. He then started singing " We will, we will f* you. I had to explain to him that that was NOT the words to the song" OMG.. lol. Then the we are the champions came on he was singing... "your such a looooser" (another one of those words that I have been trying to get out of his vocab)

I taught him the right words now so hopefully when he is out and about singing today he will use the right words, if not it certainly will be interesting to explain.

Sue
p.s. thanks for the post..HAHAHA!

Janice said...

Not being a proponent of rock music I have to admit bands like Queen do have talent and the perseverance to go on the road and put on concerts. Our own Canadian band Rush has a lyricist that has created some amazing verse for songs. An informative post as usual Dave.

Dave said...

Hey Sunil!...If not mistaken, Freddie was Anglo Indian... Now Pink Floyd... Another Brick in the Wall... Another one of my favorites! :-) I'll be posting about them sometime I am sure.

Hi LGS!... Yah you are right... You live by the sword, you die by the sword... I think that would fit Freddie Mecury's lifestyle. Thanks for the website..I will be sure to check it out. Cheers!

Hi Marie!...My favorite commercial of all time was the similar Viagra commercial that came out before this one... I tried to track it down but was unsuccessful.

Hi Monika... As my blog title says... "it's all "In My Head." I just put my thoughts on paper...errr... computer! LOL :-) If I don't get them out of there, I swear my head will explode!

Hi Hammer...Me neither... I am in the process of tracking down some vintage laser discs of them.

Mother SUE teaching sweet Ty the words to Queen!!! What will people be doing next!!!!!! LOL

Janice... Now RUSH ... Now there is an excellent Canadian band! hen they were just a new groupe, they performed in one of our highschool coffee houses... I was not ther (darn!) but I heard they were very well received.

Becky Wolfe said...

Funny and informative!

When I was in Africa, on the island of Zanzibar, they have a bar called Freddy Mercury's with tonnes of stuff about him in there, you could even get hot pink or lime green t-shirts with his face on it. I can't remember why they named the bar after him though. Must have spent some time there or something.

Dave said...

Hi Becky!... That was because he was born in Zanzibar. The next time you go there, I am going to get you to get something for me... Maybe a t-shirt ... Forget the hot pink shorts though!!! :-) LOL

Ruth said...

Awesome video Dave....I've been humming and singing "We Are The Champions" all day now....ah, gee, thanks..lol. Truefully, they are one of my favorite groups.

Cheryl said...

Seeing Queen in concert was quite a thrill for me in the 70's. My 13 year-old also has the band's music on her iPod. It's classic, like you said.

Dave said...

Hi Ruth!... So have I actually... I can't seem to get it out of my head! :-)

Hi Cheryl!...So you went to a Queen concert huh? Oh how I envy you! :-)

Wendz said...

Ha ha - that 2nd video was great! I thought it would be an ad for an insurance company but NO!..I love Queen. And Elvis. Not Prince though.

Smalltown RN said...

I love Queen.....their music was awesome...I remember seeing them at the Colosium in Vancouver...best concert I had ever been too. Freddie was so eccentric..but that is what made him who he was....his energy was amazing...

abbagirl74 said...

I always loved that second video whenever it came on. So funny. Good to be back and read you.

polona said...

i love queen, too. freddy was a genious.
nice commercial, too :)

Becky Wolfe said...

Born there? Cool! I probably knew that when I was there. Yeah, I hope to go again. Zanzibar was amazing! The t-shirts also came in normal colors too. ha ha I'll put it on my list :)