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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:54 PM
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Best Queen songs NOT song by Freddie Mercury
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 07:58 PM by LynneSin
For those of us who are bigtime Queen fans we all know that Freddie did not do all the lead vocals on the Queen albums. Roger Taylor and Brian May were both good vocals and many of the songs record on the albums were song by Roger Taylor. However, it seems that many of the biggest Queen hits that everyone knows were the Freddie Mercury songs because lets face it - Freddie Mercury was a major stage presense, probably one of the biggest in history.

But if you know Queen albums you'll know that Freddie wasn't the only one who did lead vocals.

Probably the most notable NFL(Non-Freddie Lead) would be "I'm in Love With My Car" off of Night at the Opera. It's a really great slow jamming confession of love to one's car. Other favorite NFL Queen songs include "Drowse" off of "Day at the Races", "Some Day One Day" off of Queen II and "'39" off of "Night at the Opera". I believe Taylor song all of those songs except "'39"

What other great NFL Queen songs out there?
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coloradodem2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:56 PM
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1. '39 was off of Night at the Opera.
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:57 PM
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2. I knew that - crap, I reversed Drowse and 39
:shrug:
I'll edit
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johnnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:58 PM
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3. I'm in love with my car
I like that one the best. I like to play and sing "39", so that's next and "Sleeping on the Sidewalk" is after that.
My top three.
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:01 PM
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4. Oooh I forgot about "Sleeping on the Sidewalk"
speaking of "News to the World" who song "Sheer Heart Attack" I think that's Roger's voice. I'm trying to put together an all non-freddie mix. I just got all the NFL songs off of Jazz which was "Leaving Home Ain't Easy" and "More of that Jazz"
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johnnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:06 PM
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6. That's a good question
I'm thinkin' Sheer Heart Attack was Roger. But I can't say 100%.
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Prodemsouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:20 PM
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9. Yes it was. I feel so, inananana inarticulate, that is Roger
they left it off the sheer heart attack album- and used it in News of the world. Roger would sing his compostions as would May sing some of his, but Freddy sung most of the May songs. All of the albums were that way until "the Works" came out, Radio GA GA was written by Roger but sung by Freddy. They lost many fans in America with the Dance techo sound of HOT Space which was the album before the works.
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AntiCoup2K4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:47 AM
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20. First time I heard that one, I thought it was Robert Plant
And I was like what the fuck is Plant doing singing on a Queen album :shrug:
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Mythsaje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:01 PM
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5. Not only was it his stage presence
but also the fact that he had a tremendous voice.
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FogerRox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:19 PM
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8. I have the 1st 4 albums
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 08:28 PM by FogerRox
-- the drummer- Whats his name?- his voice is nearly the same as Freddies-- Brian May had a much weaker voice but could hit 2 notes higher than anyone else--

Since I havent listened to any queen on a CD I cam only assume that the sutle differences between the Drummer & Freddies voices are lost.

Most of the vocals on the 1st 3 albums were not just Freddie-- Roger played an intergral part in singing lead--much of the apparent overdubbing is not-- its the drummer & Freddie-- the reason is that they could reproduce much of the sound live in concert, though many assumed it was overdubbing.

I saw Queen in support of Sheer Heart Attack, they started the show by doing the whole side of Sheer Heart Attack that has Brighton Rock on it-- straght thru -- as it is on the album.

I'll bet that the drummer sung lead on almost every song on the 1st 3 or 4 albums.

Great King Rat was really the 2 of them singing
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Prodemsouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:51 PM
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14. Roger had a more of a husky voice - if you listen to Queen long
enough you can tell the difference. He also sung louder with a light distortion -Rock N Roll style than Freddy who had more of a pop sound. You have CDs, in the LPs the liner notes would say who is singing. In the early Queen Albums Roger sung only one song on each Alum: Modern Times Rock N Roll - Queen, Loser in the End- Queen 2, Tenement Funster on Sheer Heart Attack, Love with my Car- Night at the Oprea, Drowse- Day at the Races. He then was on two songs on News of the World- Sheer Heart Attack and Fight from the inside. Also on two on Jazz; More of that Jazz and Fun It with Freddy adding some vocals.
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Prodemsouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:15 PM
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7. Edit :correction I do remember Some Day One Day now, it was
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 08:22 PM by Prodemsouth
a Brian May song. Brian May sung more vocals than Roger Taylor on Queen Albums. May sung on 39. But Freddy would sing it when on tour and he did a good job on it. May's Long Away on Day at the Races good. Drowse by Taylor was one of his best vocals, along with More of that Jazz and Fun it form Jazz.
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FogerRox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:23 PM
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10. Some day one day-- the Drummer? sung it--
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 08:29 PM by FogerRox
Remember "dont you misfire?"
Your gun is loaded and pointed my way-
theres only one bullet - so dont delay
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Prodemsouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:39 PM
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11. That song is called Misfire it was written by John Deacon and
that is Freedy singing the song-not Roger. It was on Sheer Heart Attack not Queen 2. Roger only would sing on his own compostions. But he did Backgound vocals for many other songs on the Queen Albums.
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FogerRox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:42 PM
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12. Roger-- the Drummer?
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 08:46 PM by FogerRox
Nah he sung with Freddie on at least 1/3 to half of songs with Freddie singing-- on the early material.

How do you think they got the overdub sound live in concert? Because they recorded it in the studio that way. With 2 singers.

YOu said back ground vocals--- I'd call it more than background
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Prodemsouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:55 PM
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15. Whatever Dude, he did not sing on Misfire that is Freddy. Roger
would do the AHHHHs and high pitched wails on the early albums- if that is what you are talking about. The overdubs were done on songs like Bohemian but not all their songs were like that.
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FogerRox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:12 PM
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21. Never said Roger sung on Misfire- dont know where you got that from--
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FogerRox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:17 PM
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23. What are you talking about? Where did I say that Misfire was on what
Album--please stop making things up--
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greenbriar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:45 PM
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13. Fat Bottom Girls?
works for me but I don't know if the lead singer did that/
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Prodemsouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:58 PM
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16. May wrote it, Freddy sung it.
n/t
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:08 AM
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17. Fat Bottomed Girls was all Freddie
That song was way too over the top to be song by anyone other than him.

BTW, I love that song - it's my cell phone ring
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fricasseed_gourmet_rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:27 AM
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18. I LOVE that song!
A group I'm in at college was given $2K to throw a non-alcoholic event last year, and we spent it all on wings, tacos, and ice cream bars and had an eating contest. "Fat Bottomed Girls" was our theme song. GOOD TIMES!
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fricasseed_gourmet_rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:33 AM
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19. and, ps, you just inspired me to download it
so I'm listening to it right now.
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Beware the Beast Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:14 PM
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22. If this counts, Metallica's cover of "Stone Cold Crazy."
I believe James Hetfield sang the lead at the Freddy Mercury tribute concert as well.
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Jokerman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:26 PM
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24. "Tenement Funster" from Sheer Heart Attack
I think that one was sung by Taylor.

"Give me a good guitar and you can say my hair is a disgrace,
Or buy me an open car, I'll make the speed of light out of this place."
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texas1928 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:31 PM
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25. Well they like to play some Queen stuff all the time.
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 04:31 PM by texas1928
Like "We will rock you", and "We are the Champions"(especially the Super Bowl). But at a lot of NFL games I hear them play "Another one bites the dust". So there are some great NFL songs.
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