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Lyrics of the Day: Queen’s “Doing Alright”

Queen Circa 1973

Today, November 24th, marks the 19th anniversary of the passing of Queen’s lead vocalist, Freddie Mercury; who, seriously was like a god to me. In memory of Freddie’s passing I wanted to post the lyrics to my very favorite Queen song, “Doing Alright” off of their self titled, 1973 debut. Even though Freddie didn’t write the lyrics to this song, it having been composed by Brian May and Tim Staffell, of May and Roger Taylor’s former band, Smile, no one could have sung it any better than Fred. This song is amazing, especially the part where the band goes from a jazz breakdown into a full on, righteous metal shred. You should download it on iTunes right now if you don’t already own it. RIP Freddie!

Yesterday my life was in ruin
Now today I know what I’m doing
Got a feeling I should be doing all right
Doing all right

Where will I be this time tomorrow?
Jumped in joy or sinking in sorrow
Anyway I should be doing all right
Doing all right

Should be waiting for the sun
Looking round to find the words to say
Should be waiting for the skies to clear
There ain’t time in all the world

Should be waiting for the sun
And anyway I’ve got to hide away

Yesterday my life was in ruin
Now today God knows what I’m doing
Anyway I should be doing all right
Doing all right

Gail Makes a Guest Appearance on East Portland Blog

The Champions of The World, Or Something Like That

The fine folks at East Portland Blog invited me to add an introductory paragraph to their daily featured video, an amazing hi-def clip of Queen performing “We Are The Champions” circa 1979. Get all nostalgic with me and check out this great vintage clip at This Link.

A Cool Thing You Can Make: Papercraft Queen!

“We Are The Champions” (Click to Enlarge)

This highly detailed paper sculpture of the rock band Queen isn’t assembled from a kit but rather has been entirely hand crafted from the imagination of the artist. See more step-by-step details that led to the final product, image above, at Behance Network.

Thanks to Ian via Make Zine For The Tip!

Happy 61st Birthday, Roger Taylor!

What a Rock Star!

Queen drummer Roger Taylor celebrates his 61st Birthday today.  Also, Mick Jagger turns 100  67!

Must Own Book: Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock!

Queen Ultimate Illustrated History

It is no secret that, way back when I was a teenager, I was a pretty serious fanatic about the band Queen. It is easy to understand why, because let’s get real: Queen’s music is the shit. But to put it in perspective, you need to know that when I was in high school, Queen was absolutely like a way of life to me, or a religion. To really get what I am saying, you would have had to be me. I was obsessed with their music, in love with Freddie Mercury, and completely and totally gay for Queen! I was even a member of Queen’s official London-based fan club and had fellow Queen fans from all over the world as pen pals. How geeky is that? The walls of my teenage bedroom were plastered corner to corner with posters and pictures of the band ripped from the pages of 70s-era rock magazines like Cream and Circus. I painted the nails on my left hand with black polish and went to school wearing glitter baseball jackets and skintight black satin trousers. My parents were horrified.

In addition to collecting photos, books, magazines and tour programs on the band – who I was fortunate to see in concert five times over four tours – I collected little odds and ends that I kept in a scrap book. Queen Queen Queen Queen Queen. If it wasn’t Queen, I had no use for it. As important as these things once were to me, you’d think I would have kept vigilant track of my beloved Queen memorabilia. But aside from my original vinyl albums, I have no idea where that collection is now (probably gathering dust in my parent’s attic). I actually hadn’t even given that stuff much thought until I got hold of this new book, Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock, which really is the ultimate, collector’s coffee table book on one of the most original bands ever. Oh my god, this book is amazing.

Amazon.com describes the book as a collection of “glorious concert and candid off-stage photography from throughout the band’s career, as well as concert posters, backstage passes, LPs and singles, and other memorabilia from throughout the world. This is the ultimate visual tribute to Queen. More than 500 photos and artifacts are accompanied by contributions from some of today’s top rock journalists from Europe and North America. In addition to a chronological history of the band, there are reviews of all studio albums, notable excerpts from period publications, complete year-by-year tour dates, and a discography, as well as reflections on the band and their music from many of rock’s top performers past and present.” But what I would say about Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History is that holding this awesome book in my lap and paging through it was akin to looking through my scrapbook and box of decades old Queen clippings and experiencing a flood of almost painfully joyous adolescent memories that hit me like I was seventeen again. Wow, when was the last time a book did that for you? If you ever loved Queen the way I did, you can’t live without this book. (Trust me, we were the same person.)

Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock, written by Phil Sutcliffe (published by Voyaguer Press) has a cover price of just $40, but it’s available at a significant discount from Amazon Dot Com.