My vote goes to Scandal 12'' version
and Gimme the Prize , is a close second.
- Its got the extra Oomph! that rocks you of your chair.Bass and drumms on a electronic 80's "sonic volcano" interlude.
- Freddie's amazing delivery on Brian's lyrics is bitter and aggressive. You can tell its quite personal and autobiographical.( He looks angry in the video also)
- Keybords/guitar layers on the basic hook, got this penetrative infectious quality, sort of mimicking the invention of the press, so the song is built around the edge this scenario provides.Works great.
Gimme the Prize
-This one is more about Freddie's delivery.Brutal and agrressive. I bet he could barely speak after the recording.Perhaps thats the reason he didn't like the song.
-Lyrics are all about "i am the king/destroyer"wich i bet is the (hidden) alter -ego of the humble and gentle Brian May.
-Audio snippets from the film(Kurgan's scary voice), give more of a 3 dimension to the track.
-Also, it's basically Heavy Metal, right?
What's your choice of aggressive Queen track ?
Stone Cold Crazy is definitely one. The Prophet's Song is incredibly heavy too, while also being sweeping and melodic. It has a terrific progression.
In terms of lyrically aggressive, Death On Two Legs seems the obvious choice.
Certainly "Death on two legs" as Freddie had it in for the sheffield brothers at that point!
Then i would say "Flick of the wrist" & "The prophet song".
Freddie always said his best songs always happened when he had something on his mind!
Cheesy synths make everything 'un-aggressive' IMO so that disqualifies Hammer to Fall, I Want It All and a few others.
'Gimme the Prize' would almost be the winner except for the solo, which is a bit tacky ... what a great intro though!
I'd pick 'Stone Cold Crazy' indeed, or perhaps 'Son and Daughter', quite underrated.
In Flick of the Wrist, I always understood the references to physical violence to be simply describing what the malicious character does to others - non literal digs in the ribs and kicks in the head as he manipulates and screws people over. That interpretation is in line with the rest of the song - the entire thing is Freddie warning the listener (whom he addresses in second person with every instance of 'you' or 'your') about 'him', presumably Sheffield. So he's never referring to Sheffield when he says 'you'.
Death On Two Legs is another matter, written directly to the villainous figure (confirmed to be Sheffield in this case). In that there's the one instance of wanting to inflict physical harm, but even then it's veiled behind a metaphor - 'Let me tan your hide'.
Gimme the Prize. ..
Another One Bites The Dust
All in delivery.
Death on two legs a bit below those. (*Strictly delivery. ...I dunno what other standard there ought to be .... these purely vocal/writing)
Dead On Time (all four at full or semi full delivery :[excluding RTB: the mix is almost bad])
don't stop me now.
.... seems to be it.
to name one that hasnt been mentioned yet...........
We Will Rock You (fast)............either a live version, or the BBC version!
Particularly the BBC one..............whenever I'm looking for a Queen song to get me fired up, I go for that............heh............
How about Liar tho.......got a few mellow parts here and there, but some parts are just flat out aggressive and heavy...........
Hmm...........a more extreme example of thatd be Doing All Right.............goes from laid back and super mellow to heavy as Queen ever got............
Hmm... what hasn't been mentioned?
Ogre Battle and Son And Daughter, though both studio versions sound a bit restrained. Father to Son is heavy rather than aggressive. The Miracle has some heavy stuff in Was It All Worth It and Khashoggi's Ship, but as with most of Queen's heavy stuff, there are lighter parts in there as well to balance it out.
I seriously believe that some of the NOTW (punk era) out-takes were quite aggressive. namely: "You spill my pint ya cu*t?" "You lookin' at my bird?"
or the proposed flip-side of 'Spread Your Wings": "I'll fuckin do time for you, ya Bastard!!!"
(Written in Eb by Fred........just like all his songs.....and The Prophets Song, one of his too. It's true damnit!!)
BETA215 wrote: ^ What the fuck was that? Someone can explain it?
The title of the thread was - 'Most AGGRESSIVE Queen song'.
I was simply using some British slang-type talk of phrases used during a night out that one could expect to hear ranted. The Brits really are arse-holes when it comes to alcohol!!!
It was supposed to be some form of Brit humour....a play on the 'typically' aggressive nature.
I'll get me coat.
I bet no one sees SCANADAL (12'') as a (very) aggresive song. And partly i get it.
But for some reason i think its aggression is much more involved and personal and somehow that reaches me.
Perhaps i read too much on the track...
Aggressive...hmm,in terms of raw power,I can only say Sheer Heart Attack,not much melody,basic riff like punk was at these days.Gimme the Prize of course is the closest thing to heavy metal Queen ever recorded,in how many songs you have tapping from Brian? and Freddie's vocals...a first taste of what we were about to hear on the Miracle LP.
^^^ You think that Freddie's almost brutal vocals on Gimme the Prize reflect anything on his Miracle's performances.
I really dont think so.
Scandal and Khashoggi Ship may have an edge on vocal aggressiveness, but no way near the raw factor of Gimme the Prize delivery.