kung fu grippe

  1. "Just like Marie Antoinette"

    Queen - “Killer Queen” (Sheer Heart Attack; 1974)

    Thirty-nine years ago, Queen started getting really really good.

  2. Queen and David Bowie - “Under Pressure” (isolated lead vocal tracks)


    Listen for Freddie’s ungodly range on the bit from 1:58-2:10.

    UPDATED: In honor of Mr. Bowie’s birthday—and, in deference to your Stressful Modern Lifestyle—here’s a relaxing ringtone I made for you.

  3. I don’t like the way my teeth protrude. I’m going to have them done, but I just haven’t had the time. Apart from that…I’m perfect.
  4. Queen - “Somebody to Love” (A Day at the Races; Prod: Roy Thomas Baker; Elektra; 1976)

    Our current go-to, on-repeat, sing-along, driving-around song for Ellie and me.

    And, let me tell you: you haven’t lived until you’ve heard a five-year-old girl singing along with the chorus of an epic Queen song.

    If you haven’t heard it in a while, definitely give it a listen. What an amazing tune.


    Written by Mercury at the piano, “Somebody to Love” is a soul-searching piece that questions God’s role in a life without love. Through voice layering techniques, Queen was able to create the soulful sound of a 100 voice choir, with that of only three voices; Mercury, Brian May, and Roger Taylor. Deacon did not sing on the album’s track. Mercury’s fascination and admiration for Aretha Franklin was a major influence for the creation of this song.

  5. skreamadelika:

    Freddie Mercury’s ‘WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY’ note in Under Pressure, a cappella

    (via sharpless)

  6. "The Story of Bohemian Rhapsody" (BBC, 2004)

    The Story of Bohemian Rhapsody (BBC, 2004) - YouTube

    Details: The Story Of Bohemian Rhapsody:

    This is a new documentary focusing entirely on the track, exploring the recording, the video, it’s success and it’s meaning. It features brand new interviews with Brian and Roger, and takes them back to Monmouth Studios in Wales where the track was recorded. It also features some rare excerpts from the 24-track tapes, although many of these feature interviews over the top, or are mixed with other versions.

  7. Queen - “Keep Yourself Alive” (Demo, 1971)

    Demo of what would become Queen’s first single. I mean, damn.

    In a radio special about their 1977 album News of the World, May said he had penned the lyrics thinking of them as ironic and tongue-in-cheek, but their sense was completely changed when Freddie Mercury sang them.

    The first version of “Keep Yourself Alive” was recorded in summer 1971 at De Lane Lea Studios. It was produced by Louie Austin and includes the intro played on Brian May’s Hairfred acoustic guitar. All of the song elements were already present, including call-and-response vocals by Freddie Mercury (verses) and during the break, where Roger Taylor sang a line and Mercury answered it. This demo version remains Brian May’s favourite take of the song.

    The finished product from Queen’s 1973’s self-titled debut.