Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

freddie mercury: immortal rock and roll god

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » The DU Lounge Donate to DU
 
Gato Moteado Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 09:33 PM
Original message
freddie mercury: immortal rock and roll god
actually, he was a god in any genre.

remember this awesome stuff he did?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oH5SNmUZkc&mode=related...

what a great loss. only the good die young.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
lost-in-nj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 09:47 PM
Response to Original message
1. He was
one of a kind..... He never looked like he was struggling when he sang, it just came out of his mouth!
Oh what he could have done if he was here :(

Who wants to live forever?


Lost
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
reyd reid reed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 09:51 PM
Response to Original message
2. Damn straight.
I get chills.

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
idgiehkt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 09:52 PM
Response to Original message
3. yes
I concur.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Gato Moteado Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 09:54 PM
Response to Reply #3
4. i knew you would
:)
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
idgiehkt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:24 PM
Response to Reply #4
7. lol
I've been watching alot of the old videos on youtube lately...It's so weird to experience them two different ways. When I was younger it was just pop, like 'another one bites the dust, etc. But then looking at it later on their diversity is just stunning. And he always looked like he was having fun, and that's exactly what he wanted to be doing. Wow. what a visionary.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:03 PM
Response to Original message
5. Here's the one that does it
"Radio Ga-Ga" at Live Aid. He owned those people.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPbSXhbvKfw&mode=related...
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Gato Moteado Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:21 PM
Response to Reply #5
6. they sounded great at that live aid......
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
idgiehkt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:41 PM
Response to Reply #6
9. (the crowd roars!!!!!)
woohoo
:headbang:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
speedoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-12-06 11:13 PM
Response to Reply #5
32. That's a fucking awesome clip.
Edited on Sat Aug-12-06 11:14 PM by speedoo
He definitely owned that crowd and it's easy to see why. A great entertainer performing a terrific song masterfully.

(edit=spelling)
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Gato Moteado Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:39 PM
Response to Original message
8. this one is powerful too.......
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
lost-in-nj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:48 PM
Response to Reply #8
11. OK
Now I'm crying......



lost
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Nickster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:44 PM
Response to Original message
10. This is one of my favs. Spread your Wings.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Zomby Woof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-11-06 12:30 AM
Response to Original message
12. More of a preening, pretentious wanker
The pseudo-operatic warbling champion of the world.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Gato Moteado Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-11-06 05:19 PM
Response to Reply #12
13. i take it you didn't like him.
nt
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
TrogL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-11-06 05:21 PM
Response to Reply #12
14. YOU try hitting those high notes
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Zomby Woof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-11-06 10:09 PM
Response to Reply #14
17. King Diamond does it better
Fuck Freddie Mercury. He and Queen violated the boycott against South Africa in the 80's. But I hated them and their pompous music long before that.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
idgiehkt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-11-06 10:21 PM
Response to Reply #17
18. Mercury addresses that here:
I) What's the current thinking from the Queen camp about return visits or the attitude to South Africa and apartheid?

B) OK, the current thing is that we said we won't go back until this regime is gone. That's in response to what everyone else has said. We went there, and we're not ashamed of the fact that we went there. It would be very easy to say "OK, we made a mistake. Sorry" and all that stuff, but that's not really the truth.
The truth is we thought very carefully about going and we considered that it was right because for the first time we were going to be able to play to non-segregated audiences, which we did, and it's absolutely true, whether people believe it or not.
I was there, I saw it with my own eyes, I know what happened. We feel that by going there and by stating very clearly our point of view, which was that we were utterly opposed to apartheid, that we did a lot more to accelerate the end of that way of thinking in South Africa than many people have done by staying away.

I know it's a very unpopular thing to say, probably, but it's the way we feel, and that's the truth. We've been there, we've seen it, we've talked to people of all races there and we feel that, well know for a fact that a lot of people who were there feel that it was right for us to go. It's kind of special for us, because we've been selling records in South Africa for a long time, but not just to the white part of South Africa. We've been selling records to the black community, particularly "Another One Bites The Dust" and "I Want To Break Free", which became like an anthem for the human rights people down there. So we feel very close to the people who are fighting for their rights there.
By going there we feel like we helped them, and I know a lot of them there feel the same way. I can go on about t for a long time because it's something I feel very strongly about.
Nevertheless, we've now had so much pressure from people, the UN committee, Little Steven and all his friends, that it's better to stay away that we've said "OK, we'll go along with you, we'll do it your way", and we've said we won't go back.
I just pray that it's the right way. I think in my heart I'm not convinced that it's gonna do, that it's gonna be the best way to achieve the end which we all want to achieve. All I can say is that our aims are all the same, we just have slightly different ways of going about it.

I) I think without going there, though, people very much think it's all a black and white situation. It's not, there's 16 shades of grey, and people don't realise that until they get there.

B) That's right. That's right. That's so true, yeah. I would challenge so many of the people who come up with this very glib thing "OK we'll boycott the bastards. We're right, they're wrong." I would challenge them to go there and find out the real situation and then come back and say the same thing.
Of course apartheid is wrong. Of course the present situation produces a lot of misery, but how do you go about bringing about the change? I'm not convinced that this isolation policy is right and I'm not convinced a cultural boycott has ever achieved a change of internal attitude in a country. I don't think there's any examples in history where this worked.
I think all you do is tend to make people more bitter and more entrenched in their own opinions. Anyway, that's what I think.

http://queen.musichall.cz/index.php?s=ro&d=brian86

interesting.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Gato Moteado Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-12-06 12:06 AM
Response to Reply #17
21. i don't know who king diamond is.......
... but i'm sure he's great.

but who gets to say who does it better. it's art. it's expression. it's not something that can be measured or compared. queen was a great rock band. mercury was a great singer. his performances were pure emotion. the music spoke to a lot of us.

i love a lot of music; classical, rock, r&b, blues, jazz, and more. i love the stones, the beatles, mozart, mahler, tchaikovsky, marvin gaye, mingus, ellington, etc.
i can't order them on any kind of a scale that measures them against the other. one isn't better than the other...it's not a contest.

for the most part, stuff like country and rap don't speak to me. but does that mean they're not valid forms of art? of course not. millions of people relate to it.

i remember when i was in high school, kids used to get into arguments about who the greatest guitar player in the history of the world was; jimi hendrix or jimmy page. funny stuff.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
CrushTheDLC Donating Member (448 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-12-06 04:32 AM
Response to Reply #17
24. King Diamond sounds like a chipmunk on helium
and looks like he flunked the Kiss auditions back in 1973 and never took the makeup off.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Gato Moteado Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-12-06 06:46 PM
Response to Reply #24
25. who is king diamond?
and why have i never heard of him?
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Tenseiga Donating Member (100 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-13-06 09:12 AM
Response to Reply #25
34. Kim Bendix Peterson's stage persona
Edited on Sun Aug-13-06 09:17 AM by Tenseiga
He sang for Mercyful Fate before going solo, and then floating between the two.

Mercyful Fate is a 70's-style metal band ( a bit Sabbathy, but different.)

King Diamond's solo work was more of the 80's style metal with a touch of classicla influence.

Anyway, I think the dude might be castrati, he can definitely hit some high notes, but his speaking voice is quite deep. Another quasi-operatic singer, and he sings probably an octave higher on a regular basis than anybody else.

Everyone I know who ever met him says he's the coolest guy they've ever met.

If you really must, do a youtube search... it may or may not be your cup of tea, but the talent is definitely there.

A link to the video for "Family Ghost"... a typical King Diamond solo tune.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a93KmAOwNKc
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Gato Moteado Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-13-06 08:27 PM
Response to Reply #34
36. no wonder i never heard of him.....
....metal just gives me a headache.

i checked out the video and, yeah, it's not my thing. i'll take freddie singing "crazy little thing called love" anyday over that.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Gato Moteado Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-14-06 08:12 AM
Response to Reply #24
37. yeah, i just saw a video.....what's up with the kiss makeup?
nt
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
idgiehkt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-11-06 05:24 PM
Response to Reply #12
16. he was quite the killer queen.
loved him. Can't think of any other flaming lead singers in rock 'n' roll bands. Except the guy in Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and they weren't around for long.

I think is my favorite Queen song, btw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTX-pwbK4Uw&search=Kille...

"Let them eat cake she said/Just like Marie Antoinette..."
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-12-06 10:49 PM
Response to Reply #12
30. He never pretended to do opera, so how could he be
psuedo-operatic? His warblings were rock. Mick Jagger wouldn't have sounded very good singing opera, either. As a rock singer, and more importantly as part of a rock band, he and the rest of Queen achieved a great level of mastery most bands don't reach. Condemning him for not singing something he wasn't trying to sing is a bit silly. Like condemning Ferrari for not making a better Bentley.

As for pretentious preening--welcome to rock and roll in the 70s, mate.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
spacelady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-12-06 10:52 PM
Response to Reply #30
31. Freddie was a beautiful singer, thank you jobycom. n/t
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Tenseiga Donating Member (100 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-13-06 09:06 AM
Response to Reply #12
33. that's why Freddie's the man
nt
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
speedoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-13-06 11:21 AM
Response to Reply #12
35. What's the matter, ZombyWoof? Where's the defense of your attack?
Your silence is .... ummm.... interesting.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-14-06 09:37 AM
Response to Reply #12
38. Thank you. Now I like him and Queen even more. -nt
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
johnnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-11-06 05:23 PM
Response to Original message
15. When "The Show Must Go on" came out...
It was so sad to hear. Everyone already knew he was dying and then the song came out iirc. I just remember that it was really hard to listen to.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-12-06 08:28 PM
Response to Reply #15
27. The song
Who Wants to Live Forever always gets to me. Innuendo is just an incredible album when you think about what the band knew at the time.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
vixengrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-11-06 10:32 PM
Response to Original message
19. There are songs that can make me tear up--
Just one year of love, is much better than a lifetime alone,
one sentimental moment in your arms, is like a shooting star
right through my heart.

His voice was like the pure tenor of an altar boy thrown out of church. It was operatic and powerful, suggestive and unlike any other.

Who wants to live forever,
who wants to live forever?
Who dares to love forever
when love must die?

I think he rocked.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Book Lover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-11-06 10:53 PM
Response to Original message
20. Thanks for the links!
Made me feel young again...
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Texasgal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-12-06 12:22 AM
Response to Original message
22. Amazing....
I miss him so. :(
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Elidor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-12-06 02:58 AM
Response to Original message
23. He was the whole enchilada
Great singer and songwriter, with a fantastic, if cheesy, stage presence. He was a born entertainer.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-12-06 08:27 PM
Response to Original message
26. I am just so saddened when I see Freddie Mercury.
He was so talented, caring and such a compassionate person. Queen the band is one of my favorites. Brian May is great guy, John Deacon is an incredible bassist and Roger Taylor is as well a talented drummer. However, the band would have been nothing without Freddie. Damn, AIDS makes me so damn mad sometimes. I miss Freddie!

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Heddi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-12-06 08:34 PM
Response to Original message
28. I saw his house in London in 1998
the house is surrounded by a brick wall and on the entire wall, and sidewalk, and street is just wall to wall writing. Writing on top of writing. It's beautiful. I have a picture of it and I'll try to scan it in and post it.

Unlike Abbey Road, which had the sign/walkway/posts repainted every few months to cover the endless barage of writing, Freddie's estate has never washed away or painted over the writing. They feel it is the ultimate tribute to Freddy and that he himself would never have wanted peoples' heartfelt words and emotions to be thrown away and treated like garbage.

I remember my mom, who was 20 when she birthed me, said that Killer Queen was 'her' song and I just love that song. My mom was a glam rock/hard rock groupie of sorts....not that that has any bearing on this story...
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
spacelady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-12-06 10:34 PM
Response to Original message
29. Freddie Mercury was my inspiration for my art and music and dancing.
He touched a hell of a lot of people and I admire him for his utter chutzpah.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
meegbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-14-06 09:41 AM
Response to Original message
39. SPIN magazine had him listed as one of rock's greatest front men ...
With the best description of him: "He would be in front on the audience, whipping them up like in a Nuremberg Rally-like frenzy, while singing in falsetto".

R.I.P. Farrokh Bulsara
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Thu Aug 28th 2014, 11:07 PM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » The DU Lounge Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC