Today is the 24th anniversary of Farrokh Bulsara’s passing. Born and raised in Stone Town in the Sultanate of Zanzibar until he moved to Bombay aged 8. Due to civil unrest in Zanzibar Bulsara with his family moved to Feltham (50 miles west of London) aged 17.
He has performed all over the world in some of the biggest venues over the world. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame, UK Music Hall of Fame and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His band have sold over 200 million records.
Out of the blue on November 23rd 1991 a statement was made confirming long standing press speculation that Bulsara had been tested HIV positive and he had AIDS. Just over 24 hours later, aged just 45, music’s greatest frontman and a legend had died.
I’ve never been the biggest of Queen fans – yet again in this household that accolade goes to my wife. I knew all the singles from radio airplay and how could you not like them?
Queen are another band I’ll always associate with films. They composed the music to the 1980 version on Flash Gordon and in 1986 A Kind Of Magic was used in the first Highlander film. Shaun of the Dead used 1978’s Don’t Stop Me Now to hilarious effect. And who can forget the use of the UK’s biggest single ever, Bohemian Rhapsody, in Wayne’s World?
Long Live The Queen
R.I.P. Freddie Mercury
1946 – 1991
Tonight’s random track is Queen. Kind of!!
The absolute joy of being the only car driver in the family is having to perform taxi duties at the drop of a hat!!
Tonight was one of those nights as my better half didn’t have her usual lift home so I had the pleasure! As she doesn’t like most of my “noisy $h!t” music I have playing I have to compromise. This evening was a Queen half hour, not that I’m complaining about Queen, far from it.
Anyway, back to the shuffle. Death On Two Legs was originally from Queen’s A Night At The Opera album, released in 1975.
This version is by the San Francisco Bay Area thrashers Heathen. This track is taken from the bands Recovered album – an album of mainly covers and remastered demo tracks. This was their first release after a nine year hiatus. They got back together originally to perform at the Chuck Billy and Chuck Schuldiner (Testament and Death vocalists respectively) charity show Clash of the Titans. If time travelling Delorians are invented or I find an abandoned Tardis, San Francisco’s Maritime Hall on August 11th 2001 would be a destination for sure!