Princes of the universe ...
Queen is an English group formed in 1970 by a trio composed of Freddie Mercury, whose real name is Farrokh "Freddie" Bulsara as well as Brian May and Roger Taylor, the latter two coming from the group "Smile".
Formation which will be joined a year later by John Deacon.
Originally, Mercury acted as singer in university groups such as "Ibex" in 1969 and "Sour Milk Sea" in 1970. But he was very interested in the performances of "Smile".
When the singer of "Smile" left the group, Mercury managed to impose himself as a new singer and took the opportunity to rename the group which will now be called Queen.
They released their first album in 1973 which received good reviews but not the expected success with the public.
In 1974 the album "Queen II" was released which, despite a quality single "Seven seas or Rhye", met with only relative success.
It was not until the year 1975 and the release of the album "A night at the opera" from which will be extracted the now cult "Bohemian Rhapsody", a title which alone will have required 3 weeks of studio work, so that sales explode and the group definitely goes from shade to light.
In 1976 the album "A daya t the races" was released, which, although well received, did not meet the same success as the previous one.
New major turning point in 1977 with the release of the album "News of the world", much more hard rock oriented at the end of the 70s, which contains in particular 2 titles which will become planetary hymns thereafter namely "We will rock you" and "We are the champions". The album is a hit and recognition is global.
From the beginning of the 80s, the group changed its tone and decided to use more popular instruments such as the synthesizer.
Released the album "The game" which will extract the flagship title "Another one bites the dust". Also released the soundtrack of the film Flash Gordon which is a new demonstration of the new direction taken by the group.
New album in 1982, "Hot space", disco-funk oriented, and… .new failure.
New turning point in 1983 with the release of the album "The works", much more pop oriented, which despite very average sales contains titles which will later become cult, namely "Radio Ga-Ga" and "I want to break free ”.
Released in 1986 the album "A kind of magic" will not be extracted including the now legendary "Who wants to live forever" with a Mercury at the top of his game.
Then the album "The miracle" in 1989 which will be remembered exclusively for "I want it all".
And finally in 1990, the album which will be the last for Freddy Mercury from which will be extracted the flagship title "The show must go on". Single cult, which has become a planetary anthem ever since and which is used in all television commemorations as soon as a Great of this world passes away.
Freddy Mercury died on November 23, 1991, at the age of 45, of AIDS.
Queen will never recover from this disappearance despite some productions thereafter.
It is impossible to replace a singer such as Mercury who will have made legend into a group that he will have carried at arm's length throughout his existence.
And which will leave titles in history, some of which have become hymns to world fame and which in several centuries will be considered as major compositions of our time.
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
• Killer queen 1974
• Bohemian rapsody 1975
• You're my best friend 1976
• Somebody to love 1976
• We are the champions 1977
• We will rock you 1977
• Bicycle race 1978
• Don’t stop me now 1978
• Crazy little thing called love 1979
• Save me 1980
• Play the game 1980
• Another one bites the dust 1980
• Flash 1980
• Under pressure 1981
• Body language 1982
• Las palabras de amor 1982
• Back chat 1982
• Radio Ga Ga 1984
• I want to break free 1984
• It's a hard life 1984
• Hammer to fall 1984
• Thank God it's christmas 1984
• One vision 1985
• A kind of magic 1986
• Princes of the universe 1986
• Friends will be friends 1986
• Pain is so close to pleasure 1986
• Who wants to live forever 1986
• One year of love 1986
• I want it all 1989
• Breakthru 1989
• The invisible man 1989
• Scandal 1989
• The miracle 1989
• Innuendo 1991
• The show must go on 1991
• These are the days of our lives 1991
• Heaven for everyone 1995
• A winter's tale 1995
• Too much love will kill you 1996
• You don't fool me 1996
• No one but you (Only the good die young) 1997
1974 ... the very first hit. Totally surreal beginnings of a small group that will become one of the major groups of the end of the 20th century
1975 ... but it is THIS title which will change the fate of the group forever. Their first interplanetary hit that literally explodes their notoriety. MO-NU-MEN-TAL !
1976 ... the group is now carried by an incredible dynamic which is not ready to stop. They just have to unwind. And that, to unfold, it will unfold !
1976 ... a rise in power that nothing and no one can stop. Except for the tragic fate of one of the members ...
1977 ... new interplanetary hit which confirms a decidedly extraordinary talent. The group did not realize at that time that this title will become an unprecedented global musical reference for the next 30 years !
1977 ... 2 mega hits the same year for the price of 1 ! A title whose strength and power will also become legendary ...
1978 ... in total delirium mode. Both the song and the clip. A time blessed for this kind of extravagance ...
1978 ... the level goes up, goes up, goes up. Without counting a Freddie Mercury who controls his environment better and better, it's obvious
1979 ... in Rockabilly mode, lacked more than that. A style we never imagined for them and yet it works! And not just a little !
1980 ... a change of decade that takes place very smoothly. Difficult to find a better transition !
1980 ... the beginning of a decade which already turns out to be shattering with 2 quick hit hits, just that. A year which will prove to be absolutely remarkable in all respects given what is on the horizon ...
1980 ... the first mega hit of the 80s. And surely not the last, far from it. The level of awareness of the group is reaching stratospheric levels
1980 ... a small luxury soundtrack for the road. The song will go down in history, the film is something else ...
1981 ... when the biggest stars of the moment - Queen and Bowie - make a beef together, it gives this kind of HUGE result !
1982 ... in boiling hot mode. A delirious title which we do not know what to think ... Casting error or transition title ...?
1982 ... it is confirmed, it is indeed a year of transition. The group is looking for ... and will soon find themselves !
1982 ... the 'little' hit of the year. A title with a trendy sound but which however will not find its audience. It even happens to the greatest !
1984 ... then comes THIS title ! Here they simply sign their biggest hit of the decade and surely one of their most emblematic titles. The group here confirms its omnipotence and above all a truly extraordinary talent. MO-NU-MEN-TAL !
1984 ... they reoffend in stride with an equally HUGE title. A title whose clip remains to date one of the most delirious of the decade without any doubt !
1984 ... the year of completely barred clips. Freddie has fun, that's clear ! But that's also Queen, a combination of extreme talent and total excess ...
1984 ... a year 84 which never ends with a 4th title which will not necessarily be their most famous but which shows above all that they do not want to leave anything to the competition, it is clear !
1984 ... a year 84 which still ends in beauty with this new planetary top hit. An endless success story that is set to last a few more years ...
1985 ... a year of recovery where the group plays Hard Rock. They will have done everything to us. Anyway, the public follows and that's the main thing !
1986 ... ended the rocky delirium, the group finds its bases and delivers a new legendary title. A magic that operates fully thanks to an inspiration that is constantly renewed. MAS-TER-FUL !
1986 ... a title that will pass through despite a significant quality. He will at least have the merit of being part of the soundtrack of one of the most emblematic films of the decade, namely a certain ... 'Highlander' !
1986 ... "When you need love they give you care and attention. Friends will remain friends" ... A universal maxim ...
1986 ... another huge year than this year 86 with a plethora of titles but also with success levels that will fluctuate significantly between each title. This title will rather be classified in the category of 'small' hits ...
1986 ... the WONDER ! A title with incredible lyricism and which will remain as one of their greatest masterpieces. Paradoxically, its level of classification in the Charts will be after all quite average. Go figure ...
1986 ... a magnificent title, once again, but one that will not find its audience. Difficult to exist in the shadow of its predecessor as the latter shattered everything in its path ...
1989 ... they wanted everything. They had everything ! The honors, the glory, their names inscribed for posterity in the marble of the greatest artists of this end of the XXth century !
1989 ... a decade that ends in apotheosis with a new year with 5 top hits. The level of success of the group for 15 years is truly amazing and it is far from over
1989 ... new phase of transition with an overdriven Freddie ! So much cleats that it is difficult to follow ...
1989 ... an inspiration which does not falter even if the sound of the group evolves in a blatant way. A longevity that they only owe to a truly extraordinary talent
1989 ... a title and a clip particularly inspired, on a background of parody of themselves. Well done guys !
1991 ... a heavier sound, no more crazy videos, the group has changed, it's obvious. A decade that will be nothing like the previous one concerning them. From all points of view !
1991 ... the other WONDER. A mind-blowing title with extraordinary inspiration. Soon fate will bring the group to a halt by taking away its most important link prematurely. Now, the legend, the one with a capital L is on the move and nothing, and no one can stop it !
1991 ... a soft, unclassifiable track that looks nothing like Queen. With a Freddie Mercury still present but who is only the shadow of himself ... Latest surreal images !
1995 ... a posthumous title which allows us to find a Freddie Mercury in great shape. A missing Freddie Mercury but whose incredible aura continues to carry the group at arm's length. MA-GIC !
1995 ... and what about that one. Another magnificent title that magically suspends time. A discography with incredible density and almost without any waste, the mark of the Best of the Best !
1996 ... how many exceptional Intimate titles will they have produced in all ? A know-how in the field among the best of the last 30 years and which few other groups will manage to match ...
1996 ... their last mega hit. More than 20 years after their debut. My god, what a career ! And one wonders how far they would have gone if Freddie Mercury had not died prematurely ...
1997 ... this time, the adventure is indeed coming to an end. An incredible adventure based on a unique style and sound that will have made this group one of the most significant of this end of the XXth century. A well-deserved consecration !
Top Bonus: 1985 - Freddie's solo parenthesis which will produce 2 mega hits. First this one ...
Then this one where we find a Freddie Mercury solo, still without Queen, on a title dating from 1985 and specially remixed in 1993 for the occasion. And the result is HUGE. His only No. 1 solo and what No. 1 !
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