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Oct. 8th, 2008

11:55 am - You suck my blood like a leech, you break the law and you preach...

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How many people are familiar with the song Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to...) by Queen? It's one of the angriest rock songs ever written. Legend has it that Freddie Mercury wrote it as a hate letter to Queen's former manager Norman Sheffield. It's lots of fun to sing along with, too, especially if you're mad at someone. :}

My main reason for posting this is I'm wondering how well-known this song is. It's the first song on "A Night at the Opera", the same album as "Bohemian Rhapsody". And, um... ever heard of it?

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From:timmowarner
Date:October 8th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
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I had never heard this song before, or heard OF this song before.
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From:zeek_hedgehog
Date:October 8th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
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I love this song. What I love more is though is what happens when you play the album it's on. It goes from that song to Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon..which has an entirely different feel to it all together.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:October 8th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
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Heh, yes! It's like, "Whew, got all that bile out of my system. Time to have some fun now!"
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From:rikchik
Date:October 8th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
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Definitely know it - but only because I have the album, which I bought for other songs. I've certainly never heard it on the radio.

That was a great purchase now that I think about it - I think I only knew You're My Best Friend and Bohemian Rhapsody. But thanks to that I know great songs like '39, The Prophet's Song, and Good Company.
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From:rogerirrelevant
Date:October 8th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
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Of course I have, given I've all the original albums on Vinyl, and quite a few on CD :)

'Tis a great song!
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From:klepsydra
Date:October 8th, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
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How could I possibly not?

"...your narrow minded cronies who are fools of the first division..."

Somewhere knocking around I have a cassette tape (that dates me!) I put together called 'Why Wasn't That A Single?' and this was the first track on side B. (Side A was led off by 'Stairway to Heaven'.)
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From:deckardcanine
Date:October 8th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
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I rarely like angry songs. The exception that leaps to mind is Weird Al's "One More Minute." Not only does it help you let off steam, but it readily offers a replacement mood.
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From:darksasami
Date:October 8th, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
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Ain't never heard of it muhself.
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From:kit_ping
Date:October 8th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
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Yep, I've heard it. I like that album.
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From:wildbilltx
Date:October 8th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
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"Flick Of The Wrist" on Sheer Heart Attack is supposed to be written about him too.

I still remember hearing "Bohemian Rhapsody" for the first time on KAKC-FM Tulsa in stereo in 1975. I was like "WOW, what is this?". A few months later I bought "A Night At The Opera" and that whole album was brilliant.

I miss the days when bands like Queen, 10cc, and ELO were testing the limits of the recording studio with massive overdubs and tape effects. Those bands were fearless, today's artists don't have the guts to make an album as eclectic as "Opera".
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From:woyro
Date:October 8th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
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sure have. i've listened to that whole album several times. definitely an angry song.
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:October 8th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)
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No, never heard it.

The one song I think of when I think "good angry song" is Dixie Chick's "Not Ready To Make Nice" (yeah, I know, I'm thinking mainstream). A bit less mainstream, but still very angry is Tamplin's "Get Out Of My Sun" (his exceptional guitar-playing adds to the anger).
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From:ringbark
Date:October 8th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
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Great song, like it a lot.

In England in 1977, Queen issued an EP (remember those?) which had four songs on it. Remember, it was the timer of the real Queen's Silver Jubilee, also celebrated by the Sex Pistols with God Save The Queen, but I digress.

Queen's First EP contained
- Death on Two Legs
- Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy (the lead track, as it was from the current album at the time)
- White Queen
- Tenement Funster

Four great tracks for not very much money.

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From:kobi_lacroix
Date:October 10th, 2008 01:17 am (UTC)
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Love it, love it, love it. Need to cover it some time.
I'm actually a big fan of angry songs. "You Oughta Know", "Sexy Sadie", "Barracuda", they have this creative audacity you don't find in any other kind of music.
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