|Another Roger (re)
|When I became a fan I was quite young, and my english wasnt the best. So I kinda jumped to conclusions somestimes. And I stuck to those for a while. Here is a list of things I got wrong:
1. My first cd was Queen - Greatest Hits 1. Behind each song the author was credited. (May), (Mercury), (Taylor), (Deacon). The problem was that I thought it was the albums the songs were taken from. I looked for the famous albums May, Mercury, Taylor and Deacon. Yeah, I know it sounds crazy :)
2. For some reason I thought Brian May was the guy with the chainsaw voice that sang I'm in love with my car and Modern times rock'n roll. Reason: A drummer cant sing, so it has to be Brian May singing.
3.I bought A day at the races cause I thought Bicycle Race was on it. I was disappointed.
4. I bought Queen 1 because I loved Seven Seas Of Rhye so much from the greatest Hits1 cd. Kinda strange version I thought! Definitely different!
5. Okey, when I bought Sheer Heart Attack I was looking forward to hear the title song. But it wasnt on the record!! What kind of sick mindgames is this!!
7. I also liked Play The Game from the Hits1 cd so I wanted the album the song was taken from. I had learned from my previous mistakes, and this time I wasnt going to be fooled. The obvious album was The game, but how stupid do they think I am? I bought Hot Space of course.
really nice, your mistakes. I kept laughing for minutes.
I think we all got our happy little accidents while becoming die-hard fans. I constantly sung every lyric false that there is. Until I looked in the booklets what the songs are about. With more success after having english lessons in school.
|When I was more younger and more stupid than I am now - I always couldn't understand what is an instrument that John's playing in '39 - double bass??? WTF? Two bass guitars rolled into one or what? With 8 strings? But later I realised that word "contrabass" is not common in English language...|
|So, when you bought the albums, you only looked at the front cover. You know, the songs included on the album are listed on the back (on most records). So, these accidents can be avoided.|
|Well... way back when...
I attempted to guess which one Freddie was...
I guessed the "guy with the gorgeous hair"...
Who I now know is called "Brian May"...
Other than that... I can't think of anything terribly exciting...
|I thought Brian played the piano parts. Reason? A singer can't play! (my musical background at that time consisted of Alice Cooper, Spice Girls and Andrew's musicals).|
|I thought Queen was someplace inbetween Prince and King Crimson.|
|My Melancholy Blues
|Nice topic! really funny
Hmm...when I began to listen to QUEEN songs, I confused the album in which Bohemian Rhapsody is included. I thought it QUEEN II...I think it's needless to say why, you know...it's due to the promo video of opera part in Bo Rhap and the cover of QUEENII album.
|Carol! the Musical
In the pic for ANATO, I thought Roger was Brian, and I mistaked Deaky for Bri, too. I thought the guy with the moustache in Hot Space was the guy with the "chainsaw voice", and assumed Brian or Roger sang the high notes. Go figure.
|I once thought Freddie had two sons.|
Serry... wrote: When I was more younger and more stupid than I am now - I always couldn't understand what is an instrument that John's playing in '39 - double bass??? WTF?I had exactly the same thing. I'd never even heard of a double bass until I heard '39 for the first time. And even then, for a while, I was trying to guess what it might look like. Then my friend told me there was no such thing as a double bass, which only confused me even more...
The first time I came across Queen was when I saw 'Somebody To Love' on the telly. For a second I thought they played religious music. Then I found out they were a rock and roll band.
|Yes, I too mistook Roger for Brian in songs like Modern Times Rock and Roll, and I'm in Love with my Car.
My previous musical background consisted mainly of the Beatles, really, so I never thought a drummer could sing, unless he sung really crappy... like Ringo. ;)
|My only mistake was thinking that Freddie and Brian had very similar voices (my first record was Sheer Heart Attack). This was due to Freddie's variations in his singing voice - even on the same song such as Brighton Rock. I thought that Brian was singing one verse and Freddie the next. That was only in the first couple of listenings - after that I realized who was singing. Also I thought they were sort of like magic. Well, I still think that.|
|I remember thinking Bohemian Rhapsody was the first ever Queen song and that they just exploded onto the scene with it. I also remember around 1999 finding a queen midi site and getting all excited about downloading bo rhap. I got all worried thinking 'oh my god, this midi of bo rhap will never fit on a floppy disk as the song is so long and complicated'...midi files being only a few 100Kb's in size haha.|
|My first Queen purchase was Classic Queen, on cassette, as these were the days before CDs really got big. Fortunately, the band's photos inside clearly spelled out who was who and who played what. After purchasing A Kind Of Magic, The Works and Innuendo (see the pattern of '80s albums, since that's what makes up most of Classic Queen?) I started asking everyone I knew if they had anything by Queen which I could copy. My drama teacher said he had a couple on record, so I gave him a blank tape and he copied them for me. He even labelled them: Side A was A Night At The Opera, Side B A Day At The Races. Well, I popped on Side A and loved it, but I swear, for the life of me, I could not make out the title of the first song. A chorus was singing out *something*, but what the hell was it? It was a very vicious song and I wasn't used to hearing that from the guys that gave us A Kind Of Magic and Radio Ga Ga. "Can't play THAT in the care with the parents, they'll freak!" I thought to myself (I was 16 at the time). Eventually, I casually asked said teacher to jot down the song titles, because in the case of Opera it was hard to tell when one song ended and the other started (I was thinking of Prophet's Song and Love Of My Life). "Yeah," he said, "They were interesting that way."
It boogles mind how easy new fans have it today, with all the information you need on a band just a Google search away. You can also get a lot of reviews and critiques of albums before you buy'em. Not me, I had to figure how many songs I knew already and hope the rest were as good. I was pretty much buying albums cold and hoping for the best.
Another early mistake I made was thinking Freddie somehow sang EVERY lead vocal, miraculously jumping from power-house vocals (Rhapsody) to rough rock vocals (Car) to soft melodic stuff ('39). My drama teacher corrected my assumption and I felt a bit stupid. At the time though, I was pretty ignorant of the history of music and how bands worked. I figured only one guy would sing and maybe play an instrument, the rest played and maybe sang back up. What the hell was the drummer or guitar player doing singing lead on even one song? Didn't that bug Freddie?
I guess you have to learn these things sometime. Here they are teaching us Math and Science in classrooms when important stuff like "what in God's name is a Double Bass?" and "can a four-piece band have three qualified singers?" are left for the great unwashed to solve for themselves. Sometimes, I just don't get it.
|That's Hilarious ,thanks for the laugh I need it.|
|funny topic ;)
i was confused why queen had a "new" singer with a moustache in the 80's, but it was logic, their first singer with long hair from the 70's died of aids... *blushing*
i always thougt the high voice parts in their songs always sang freddie, - and not roger.
i was wondering why freddies voice sometimes sounds so different in "who wants to live forever".
i always thought brian must be the gay one of queen, don't know why ;)
|It's Brian's hair... really.|
But when i got into the band, i bought GH1+2 and I looked through the booklet which had the Radio Gaga picture. I looked at it and noticed that Roger wasn't wearing a vest, so i thought that he wasn't 'that important to the band' (Just because he wasnt wearing a vest, and others were, i guess? lol)
|When I first saw a picture of Queen I thought Brian was Freddie, that hair just made him seem like the kind of personality Freddie had.|
|Ha! When i first became a fan i got John Deacon and Roger Taylor mixed up..and yes, i too though Bicycle Race was on A Day at the Races because of the title too. When I look back to the early days of being a Queen fan...i think to myself "what a stupid asshole!" lol|
|I once thought "You're my best friend" was played on Sesame Street, I swear that there is one of those segments where they used that!|
|I used to think that the writing credits on the album sleeve were the name of the group member that did the voals on each track.
|Well I'm a fairly new fan, or at least a fairly new big fan. I've always been a fan of their music but I only just saw what they looked like a few months ago.
My biggest shock was Freddie. I have no clue why, but I always thought he had long, almost platinim blonde straight hair. I have a memory of watching the Bohemian Rhapsody video when I was little, and for whatever reason I remember the guys faces illuminated in the dark, but the guys having blonde hair. I also remember a concert at the end of the video and the whole crowd holding lighters. I might be remembering a combination of the Dr. Pepper commercial, Wayne's World and the actual video, but I thought I was losing my mind when I realized that Freddie was a normal looking guy with normal hair, LOL.
I had seen pics of Freddie before but I always assumed they were just weird pics of Steven Tyler.
When I first started really becoming a fan I couldn't believe how many classics Queen actually has. I would be listening to their songs and AOBTD or IWTBF or Under Pressure would come on and I would be like "wow, they sing THAT too?!"
I definitely misheard a lot of lyrics. I though they said "sometimes men should never be born at all" in BoRhap and "Just gotta get right out of mia". I also thought the song was telling a story, as in, "mama just killed a man."
I had no clue Freddie was dead, it was really sad to find out that he was
In WWRY I thought they said "dilly dilly dally all over the place"
There are a lot more that I can't even think of.
|freddie lives 28817
|I see that no one here thought that (like many bands) Queen have had 2 lead singers? (look at the differences of Freddie between Bo Rap and "magic")
Maybe it was just me....
|I used to think Brian May was Freddie Mercury. Then I looked for pictures of Freddie Mercury on Google, and this guy with a moustache came up and I went "Oops!"|