10 Things You May Not Know About Queen

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For week's dose of facts, we uncovered ten morsels about Queen, whose bassist John Deacon celebrates his 60th birthday today. This year marks several important anniversaries in the Queen universe, most of all the 20th anniversary of Freddie Mercury's death in late November. It's also been two decades since their last album of new material, Innuendo, was released. The last, Made In Heaven, would come in 1995, assembled from discarded Mercury vocals and piano lines.

Perhaps the thing that gets lost in the shuffle, behind all the flashy stories of Mercury's personal life and the band's hit singles, is Queen's recording and artistic prowess. Every member was a musical powerhouse in their own right, and they took great pains in the studio to make sure everything was perfect. Queen managed to make brainy sound grand and elaborate, and remains massively influential. Last year on the date of Mercury's death we listed just a few of today's bands and artists who bear their mark.

We collected ten facts that you may have not known about Queen, from recording techniques to the secrets behind the band's famous crest logo. Hopefully, if all the pieces can come together, by this time next year we will finally be seeing a trailer for the upcoming Queen biopic set to feature Sacha Baron Cohen as Mercury.

For the "I Want To Break Free" promo clip, it was drummer Roger Taylor's idea for the band to dress as women. You may remember the image of Mercury, with moustache in full bloom, vacuuming the living room with a pointy, buxom chest working it's magic. Still don't quiet get the cuts to the dark tunnel with the people with lights on their heads though, or the acrobats writhing on the floor.


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"Sheer Heart Attack" doesn't appear on the album of the same name. It made News of the World a few albums later, which incidentally also features the most bitchin' cover ever. Robots and shit.


Mercury composed "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" while in a hotel bathtub. He had management bring him a piano tubside.


When A Night At the Opera was released in November 1975, it was the most expensive album ever recorded. The band used six different studios to record it, and Mercury spent months alone recording his vocals. Also, according to the band, they used no synths.


Queen's live shows were a spectacle that had yet to be seen by the rock public. Later, appearing onstage with a backing tape and using video screens would become commonplace in arena rock.


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Mimi Brincko
Mimi Brincko

In the "I Want To Break Free" video, those are members of the Royal Ballet writhing on the floor, not acrobats. Freddie was brought a guitar,not a piano, to his bathside when inspiration for "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" hit him.

Lexi
Lexi

Completely amazing. Got my little brother hooked on them. My ringtone is "Killer Queen". They are my favorite rock band.

record feller
record feller

It has not been decades since the last Queen album. Brian and Roger recorded The Cosmos Rocks with Paul Rodgers in 2008 under the moniker Queen + Paul Rodgers. 

Blane
Blane

Yeah, they don't always fact check, or grammar check on here...

Robert
Robert

And News of the World is not the next album after Sheer Heart Attack. It is the next after the next after the next.

Linda Leseman
Linda Leseman

Hmmmm...my head full of useless Queen trivia tells me that "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" was the only song Freddie wrote on guitar. And yes, he was in the bathtub when he thought of it. Also, the crest that Freddie actually drew was this one: http://eva.aws-it.at/bilder5/q... but it was black on white, not white on black. Can't find a good rendering with colors reversed at the moment.

Mark
Mark

I still miss them.

Me
Me

Awesomeness.

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