15 Curious Facts About Queen
Queen is one of the biggest bands in the history of rock music. It left an indelible mark on the world. If you have even the slightest interest in the music they made, not to mention its enduring legacy, these facts will fascinate you, especially if you’re not as knowledgeable about the band as you would like to be:
- Queen as a band was officially formed in 1970.
- Before joining Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor were part of another band called ‘Smile’. Their lead singer was Tim Staffel, the man responsible for introducing his bandmates to Freddie Mercury. Staffel was never a member of Queen. But he played a critical role in the band’s formation. It was after he left and after he made all the necessary introduction that ‘Queen’ came into existence.
- The name change was Freddy’s idea. Precluding the gay connotations, Freddy believed that ‘Queen’ was a strong and regal name.
- Freddy’s birth name was Farrokh Bulsara. He adopted ‘Freddie’ during his stint at St. Peter’s School near Bombay. His passport said ‘Frederick Mercury’.
- Besides choosing the name, the lead singer is also responsible for the band’s crest which features astrological signs (Leo, Cancer, Virgo).
- Queen initially experimented with a ruff rock sound. But they realised that they needed to be more attractive to the radio. So they changed their sound.
- The music Queen eventually produced was inspired by the likes of Pink Floyd, the Beatles, and Led Zeppelin.
- In 2002, a Guinness World Records survey determined that ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was the UK’s favourite song of all time.
- We Are the Champions and We Will Rock You are still some of the most popular songs in sporting history. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to call them sports anthems that are recognised the world over.
- Freddie Mercury had one of the most iconic voices in music history. But he was never as confident in his piano skills, which is why he always felt some trepidation whenever the band performed ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.
- Thank God it’s Christmas, which Roger Taylor and Brian May wrote, is a highly popular track that, upon its release in 1984, spent six weeks on the Singles Chart in the UK. However, not only did the track not appear on any Queen album but they never shot a video for it. That doesn’t include its appearance on a ‘Greatest Hits’ EP in 2011.
- Queen has the longest-running fan club in rock history. The group was created in 1973 and its longevity is recognised by the Guinness World Book of Records.
- The band is responsible for the soundtrack of the ‘Flash Gordon’ movie from 1980.
- Brian May’s guitar is two hundred years old. He made it with the help of his father. The mantelpiece from which the guitar was built is two centuries old.
- Queen had no intention of releasing Another One Bites the Dust as a single. But then, Michael Jackson convinced them to do just that after a Los Angeles Concert.