Friday, September 25, 2015
Friday Night Videos: Long Live the Queen!
So I think then is a very good night for one of my favorite groups ever. Queen!
Queen might not be the first band you think of when you think about RPGs, but I played the hell out my Queen tapes back in the day. So lets start with some good game-mood setting songs.
Not a lot of talk tonight. Just music.
Since this is a Queen mix I always begin with "Let Me Entertain You" from Jazz.
Here is "Dragon Attack" from their first 80s album, The Game.
Ok I am pretty sure the song is about heroin and not actual dragons.
"Ogre Battle" was always one of those songs that painted a very cool picture for me. So much so that when it came time to do an epic battle in my game the army was full of ogres. From 1974's Queen II. If you really want some music, listen to the first three Queen albums. Freddie was a lyrical god.
From the same Album is the short, but mystical, "Seven Seas of Rhye". Both songs were later sampled on Queen's own The Works album 10 years later.
Speaking of The Works, one of the best songs on the album is "Hammer to Fall". Played at the first Live Aid nobody had ever heard it before and Freddie got everyone to sing along. That's showmanship.
A Kind of Magic might have been one of their biggest albums. At least in terms of over the top theatrics. "Princes of the Universe" was something a of D&D anthem or least for our characters. Yes, this is the song from Highlander.
"I Want it All" is another anthem from a now dying Freddie. I am not trying to be maudlin here, Freddie's death really shook me. Another "character" anthem it is easy to relate to the "adventure seeker, on an empty street." From The Miracle or as friends of mine working at EMI at the time used to say "it will be a miracle if it sells".
The connection to gaming and this next song is thin at best. But I don't care. The album Innuendo was Freddie's good-bye to us all. Who else gets to write their own Requiem? The title track is epic as anything he ever wrote in the 70s or the 80s. Musically it is the flip side of "Bohemian Rhapsody" and it is as good as a send of as anyone should hope for. Plus a ground breaking video from a bad that HATED doing videos. You can see clips from previous videos in this one as well.
Long live the Queen!