Monday, August 6, 2012

Ramble On: August 6 - Queen

Just last night someone asked me if I was a Queen fan. My response was my typical one that I give him when he asks if I like a band that I just haven't put a conscious amount of effort into exploring: I answer by saying "ahh, they're ok" and leaving it at that. Of course I'm familiar with Queen, but I'm far from the president of the Freddie Mercury fan club.  I've liked most of their songs I have heard, I just haven't dug deep and fallen under their spell.

But sometimes, it just takes one song to really change that and convert me from a casual listener to a crazed super fangirl. "It's Late" might be that song for me when it comes to Queen.  As I was watching a documentary on Kurt Cobain earlier (because my life is wildly thrilling and I've developed a minor addiction to Kurt as of late) there was one part where Kurt was being interviewed about his childhood and he talked about sitting in his father's truck while he was working and listening to Queen until he ran the battery dead. In the background, "It's Late" was playing, as I discovered after using the Soundhound app on my phone, and I fell in love with it instantly.  I had to buy it, and I've been playing all six minutes of it on repeat since then. I highly recommend you do the same.

Other songs from the News of the World album that you may not have heard before but I really recommend: "Spread Your Wings" and "Sleeping on the Sidewalk." They're not the typical overly theatrical, rock-opera like songs that I was really used to hearing from Queen. And just in case you're wondering now, I can easily say I am, in fact, a fan of Queen. 

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