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Happy Birthday Freddie …
September 5, 2011, 6:10 am
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Today is Freddie Mercury’s birthday.

Well it would be if he wasn’t dead.

However I still remember it because he made a big impression on my life.

Yes, I know that makes me sound like a sad bastard – but quite frankly I don’t care – because while I loved much of the music they created*, Freddie and his band of merry men did much more for me than simply writing a bunch of rock and roll songs.

They made me learn to play the guitar.
They encouraged me start a band.
They got me to travel to countries I might never have otherwise visited.
They made homosexuality a topic that could be easily talked about.
They got me interested in the business side of creativity.
They taught me about prejudice.
They gave me some of the most exciting and memorable days of my life.
They introduced me to an incredible array of musical styles and stars.
They taught me about the importance of entertainment in presentation.
They were behind some of mine and Paul’s most ridiculous adventures.
They showed me what loyalty really meant.
They helped me work out what music I want at my funeral.
They let me experience what 250,000 singing the same song sounds like.
They made me interested – albeit for wrong reasons – in South African politics.
They helped me understand the importance of being true to yourself – because at school, there was 1 Queen fan for every 25 Smiths or Teardrop Explodes fan.

Queen gave me far more than just music, they had a hand in fundamentally impacting and shaping my life and while it could be argued any band could have done this – the fact is they didn’t, Queen did – and that is why regardless of how many people think they’re shit and that I’m a sad, pathetic, old bastard for loving them, I will always hold them in the highest regard … way more than the brands that try and have that same level of impact on society without actually doing anything more than an ad.

Happy birthday Freddie.

* 1974-1982, after that, even I have to say their output had large dollops of rubbish in it.

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I like how you have shown bands can have a bigger impact on people than just playing songs they like. I’d not really considered that in detail before but wow, you really are a fan aren’t you. I heard “radio gaga” last week on, appropriately, a radio and they said it originally came out in 1984. 27 years ago. I never liked the song and still don’t but that’s pretty impressive.

Comment by Pete

twenty seven fucking years ago? what the fuck were you listening to, antiques roadshow fm?

Comment by andy@cynic

Freddie would have been 65 today. I like to imagine him going down to the post office for his pension in his leotard. But I like to imagine him that for humouress reasons, not perversion – just in case you were wondering.

Comment by Rob

That site you link to about prejudice is mental.

Comment by Pete

That guy has issues.

Comment by DH

I meant the jesusfreak but Rob does too.

Comment by DH

with that level of post fucking rationalisation the fucker behind that pile of shit must be a planner. almost made me feel sorry for freddie, then i remembered “dont stop me now” and i thought, fuck him.

hed probably like that.

Comment by andy@cynic

Unilever are over-rated too.

Comment by john

And starbucks. About as tasteless though.

Comment by Billy Whizz

juvenile and fucking brilliant dodds. theres still hope for you but i dont know what the fuck for.

Comment by andy@cynic

Bang goes another consultancy opportunity for you John!

Comment by Rob

That’s a lot of additional reasons for me to hate Queen. Thanks for bringing them to my attention.

Comment by DH

The poodle permed guitarist has taken over from Elton John as the pensioner who whores himself to every band. He only gets away with it because the Foos love him.

And saying you only like queen music till 1982 doesn’t make it better Rob.

Comment by Billy Whizz

every shit thing that has happened in my life can be traced back to those fuckers in queen. everyfuckingthing. and yes, im blaming them for campbell fucking my life over. who do i have to see at mercurys estate to get some money back from the musical dicks?

Comment by andy@cynic

they encouraged me start a band.


they got me to travel to countries I might never have otherwise visited.

sex tourist.

they made homosexuality a topic that could be easily talked about.


they got me interested in the business side of creativity.


they taught me about prejudice.

how to be fucking racist more like.

they gave me some of the most exciting and memorable days of my life.

sad bastard.

they introduced me to an incredible array of musical styles and stars.


they taught me about the importance of entertainment in presentation.

hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. didnt fucking work then.

they were behind some of mine and pauls most ridiculous adventures.


i cant be fucked with the rest of them but if i was mrs c, id be sueing the musical fuckers for destroying my sons life. as if you werent disadvantaged enough being from nottingham. those sick and depraved bastards. another fucker bites the dust has never been so fucking appropriate.

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Comment by DH

i think you mean fucking awesome. and yes it is.

Comment by andy@cynic

You retyped everything?

You’re either unbelievably diligent or don’t understand how to do ‘copy & paste’.

Definitely the latter.

Comment by Rob

if i wanted to copy and fucking paste, id ask you as youre the fucking copy and fucking paste queen as every one of your fucking presentations testifies.

Comment by andy@cynic

You can say all I like … none of you can be as bad as a bunch of ‘Flock Of Seagull’ fanatics.

But funnily enough, you can be as sad.

Comment by Rob

I like Flock of Seagulls!
Their first album is very underated.

Nice post.

Comment by Rob Mortimer

I love freddie. I wish I would be in Live Aid in 1985.

those teeth. I love those teeth.

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Comment by Marcus

Him or me?

Comment by Rob

both of you.

Comment by Marcus

How did I know you’d say that, hahaha!

Morning lovely!

Comment by Rob

A post about Queen that was quite good. I don’t know what the world is coming to.
Did they really have much impact on society? If they did I didn’t know, I’d be interested to learn more, it might even make me like Fat Bottomed Girls better.

Comment by Northern

You mean you quite like it.

You’re right, what on earth is the World coming to.

Comment by Rob

You only have to see the footage of 50,00o people singing along to We will rock you a My Chemical Romance’s Reading Festival performance to see they still have a place.

Admittedly half those were probably wondering why MCR were singing a song from a musical…😀

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