‘The Neighbours Screaming When the Noise Annoys’

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Benportrait1For those of you that don’t know (and to be honest I don’t really expect you to), the title of this piece are lyrics from the Queen song ‘Coming Soon’ from the album ‘The Game’. The lyrics sum up my current feelings towards the British band. Don’t get me wrong, if you look at my iPod 35% of the music on it will be from Queen’s many albums (Lewis and looked it up and the band has 15 studio albums and at least 20 compilation and live albums). I have always loved the band; one of my earliest memories is of sitting in my dad’s car rocking out to ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. However over the last few years I am the screaming neighbour and the noise is most defiantly annoying.

If I was to ask you to name some Queen songs I can almost guarantee that you are thinking of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ (A song I have never liked and never will like it), ‘We Are The Champions’ and ‘We Will Rock You’. But there is so much more to the band than these songs. ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ are two of the most over played songs in the world. And that is why I really dislike them. It gives you this false idea of the band by only playing the most commercially successful songs. By falling into this radio induced trap you are missing out on some of the best songs the band ever wrote. One of my favourite songs is ’39’ from the album ‘A Night At The Opera’, the same album as ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, and people who only have a basic knowledge of the band will know the album only for that song.

 As for ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ my dislike for this song steamed from that ruddy McFly cover, the Busted rip off band commercialised it even more, resulting in … Even more radio plays.

 With the back catalogue Queen has, I am utterly bemused as to why every radio disc jockey limits themselves to three or four songs which are so over played I am regularly tempted to switch to radio 1 for the duration of the song to listen to some mind numbing pop, just to avoid the 5th time ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ is being played today.

So essentially, the point of this is that I am asking you to do two things; firstly, don’t listen to the popular ones. Start off with ‘The Greatest Hits II’, which has some absolute belters, ‘Hammer To Fall’ and ‘Headlong’ are two of my favourite songs, so go listen to that album. If you like that one, start listening to full albums, you won’t regret it. Listen to ‘A Night at the Opera’ and appreciate the other fantastic songs on there. The second thing I want you to do, is if you do ever feel like requesting a Queen song to be played on the radio, don’t ask for the four I have mentioned above. Branch out and pick something new.

 If you have reached the end of this rant I commend you on your remarkably high tolerance levels. Thanks for reading and if you want to add anything whether you agree or not post a comment below.

-Ben

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4 thoughts on “‘The Neighbours Screaming When the Noise Annoys’

  1. Jo Steer

    Good old fashioned boy on Day at the races. Queen with a jaunty twist. That’s my choice. Your father over playing Queen has not made them my favourite band. But I would always pick this album over the others.

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  2. Ah see he indoctrinated me from a young age. Yeah that is a pretty solid album. No grumblings about that one. The guitar build in ‘Tie Your Mother Down’ I think is fantastic, and for me that is my favourite song on the album. My favourite album though is ‘The Game’ is has a more rocky feel to it and I don’t think there is a song I don’t like on it.

    -Ben

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  3. Simon

    So pleased to have been a positive influence on some aspect of your like! As a parent I believe it is your duty to introduce your kids to what you loved as a child and Queen were and still are, in my opinion, the best band ever. Seeming them live with Freddie in the 80s at The old Wembley Stadium was the best experience ever and the 2 quarters of the band with front man Paul Rodgers ( from the group Free) in 2007 in Hyde Park was also great. The best thing about the band is that ever song is different from the high opera of Bohemian Rhapsody to songs in Japanese (Teo Torriatte – which I love) and Arabic (Mustapha – again another I like) through good rack ballads and gentle love songs. My absolute favourite ever is Love of my life. Seeing Brian May sing that along with an empty chair for Freddie in 2007 will stay with me forever.

    PS Can’t stand Ragio Gaga as It’s played to death n by all the radio stations (not surprisingly)

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  4. You have done well. Yeah I agree with you. I do think they are one of the best in the world. And as for ‘Radio Ga Ga’ I couldn’t agree more again…… But thinking about it, it might just be your indoctrination that has made me feel this way.

    -Ben

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