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Kickin' your can all over the place

Everyone knows Queen's stomping, clapping epic, "We Will Rock You." In 1977, the band recorded a fast version of the song for the BBC's John Peel. This version sees release November 4th with other rarities on the upcoming Queen on the Air
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 19, 2016 - 39 comments

nothing really matters

A 100 year old fair ground organ plays Bohemian Rhapsody. [more inside]
posted by freethefeet on Oct 14, 2016 - 25 comments

EMI: the inside story of Britain's biggest music company

Electric & Musical Industries was formed in 1931, initially releasing classical music, but went on to launch the Beatles, who changed the record label's operations and funded the company for years and years. The label's recording rules were further broadened by Queen and Pink Floyd. EMI ushered punk into the mainstream with Sex Pistols, and then embraced the New Romanticism and the polished excesses of Duran Duran. They made music videos big with Pet Shop Boys and made Brit Pop a thing with Blur, and were home to Radiohead. This is the inside story of EMI, one of the greatest British brands in recording history, as told by people involved with the record label's storied history, augmented by company and performance footage. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 5, 2016 - 14 comments


For her 90th birthday, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth selected a striking green outfit to attend the Trooping the Colour parade. A green outfit that lent itself perfectly to chromakey special effects. As always, Twitter was there to help out. [more inside]
posted by Existential Dread on Jun 15, 2016 - 39 comments

And then music happened

posted by Harald74 on Jun 14, 2016 - 53 comments

Take on Me, one half-step out of key. Hungry Like the Wolf, one half-step out of key. Never Gonna Give You Up, one half-step out of key. Bohemian Rhapsody, one-half step out of key. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay on May 20, 2016 - 125 comments

A Playlist From Another Dimension (Or Is That Demention?)

io9's Katharine Trendacosta has succeeded in creative crowdsourcing again (previously), by asking "What's Your Favorite Science Fiction Novelty Song?", and she got enough suggestions to assemble a 30-song Spotify playlist*
(Actually she got a couple hundred. There are more that didn't make the spotify list in the follow-up post; just scroll down** for things like The Doctor Who Time Warp, Captain Picard's Let It Snow/Make It So and the highlight of the Buffy Musical Episode [BUNNIES!]) [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on May 9, 2016 - 61 comments

I made my entrance in the Entry Ball

The Miley Cyrus Entrance. The Phil Collins entrance. The Venga Boys entrance. The Pokemon Entrance. The Foo Fighters entrance. The Queen Entrance. The Limp Bizkit entrance. Featuring The Local Hero, Joe Hendry. (All links YouTube, which has tons more.)
posted by Pyrogenesis on May 5, 2016 - 5 comments


Harry and Liz are flicking through some pictures from the Invictus Games when Harry gets a call from Michelle. You'll never guess what happens next... [In tweet]
posted by Wordshore on Apr 30, 2016 - 31 comments

"Is this nonfiction? Is this just fantasy?"

Librarian Rhapsody: A parody of Bohemian Rhapsody, created by the Shoalhaven Library Staff to celebrate the end of the the school year. (Lyrics)
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Apr 5, 2016 - 17 comments

Why not love Queen by playing its hits on trombone?

A trombone player loves - LOVES - Queen, and does the band proud by playing it all. It makes sense to do this, once you've heard it.
posted by goofyfoot on Apr 2, 2016 - 15 comments

Like a tiger defying the laws of gravity

Sandra Bae covers Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now" on guitar. [more inside]
posted by Shmuel510 on Feb 23, 2016 - 19 comments

“I hope it rains for the entire weekend.”

At £150-a-head, the Queen’s 90th birthday party is turning into a right royal PR disaster.
posted by veedubya on Jan 15, 2016 - 41 comments

No pressure

David Bowie's Greatest Collaborations
posted by Artw on Nov 26, 2015 - 28 comments

BOOhemian Rhapsody

Lake Street Dive covers Queen for Halloween. Gets even better than the original at 2:35 or so. Wait for it.
posted by Stewriffic on Oct 31, 2015 - 24 comments

"Women blame women for things that have nothing to do with them."

The Passion of Nicki Minaj: "To put down a woman for something that men do, as if they're children and I'm responsible, has nothing to do with you asking stupid questions, because you know that's not just a stupid question. That's a premeditated thing you just did." [SLNYT]
posted by divined by radio on Oct 8, 2015 - 54 comments

Carlsbad's Frank Kindel: Flying paper boy of the Guadalupes

If you happen to drive along NM-137, a quiet rural road in south-east New Mexico, you'll drive through Queen, a former ghost town that is once again inhabited by the living. Slow down and you'll see a monument to The Flying Paper Boy Of The Guadalupes, Frank Kindel. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 2, 2015 - 3 comments

This is a super-duper group

On what would have been Freddie Mercury's 69th birthday, John Paul Jones and Roger Taylor join the Foo Fighters onstage to play "Under Pressure."
posted by gottabefunky on Sep 8, 2015 - 39 comments

It's a Hard Life

In which we enter the subconscious of Freddie Mercury and find ourselves in the midst of an amazing costume party. (SLV)
posted by swift on Mar 30, 2015 - 6 comments

Queen Nzinga: Angola's answer to Queen Elizabeth I

Nzinga Mbande (1581-1663) was a powerful queen and guerrilla commander in what is now modern day Angola. She is best remembered for a story about her first meeting with Portuguese leaders, who slighted her by providing her no chair upon which to sit. Famously, she ordered one of her maids to kneel on all fours and sat upon the maid's back while she conducted negotiations. However, the focus on this story belies Nzinga's accomplishments as a canny politician who successfully consolidated an effective power base despite starting from a very unstable position. [more inside]
posted by sciatrix on Mar 7, 2015 - 7 comments

A Ranking of 1980s Fantasy That Would Please Crom Himself!

I have travelled back to that time to bring forth the Ultimate 1980s Fantasy Epic Ranking List Post! Single Link Tor Blog Post offering many further links, nostalgic euphoria and the inevitable objection to individual rankings.
posted by scaryblackdeath on Mar 2, 2015 - 54 comments

♪♫♪ I Want To Break Free ♪♫♪

How to Remove Your Mustache [more inside]
posted by Confess, Fletch on Dec 28, 2014 - 23 comments

Nicki Minaj, Cheeky Genius

This is what she does. She takes a pretty good song, waits until you are popping along to it, then a little longer, until it feels repetitive and you start to see through to its flaws, and then boom, she comes in and makes it a completely different song—a better song. She is the best part even of great songs; her featured verse on Kanye West's "Monster" is the best of several, including ones by Jay Z and Rick Ross. She did that song because she was asked and because "Kanye's a genius." She did "Bang Bang" because she "knew it would be big."
posted by ellieBOA on Oct 25, 2014 - 110 comments

Twenty Styles

Ten Second Songs covers pop songs in twenty different styles: Linkin Park - In The End, Ariana Grande - Problem, Jason Derulo - Talk Dirty To Me [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Sep 14, 2014 - 9 comments

That Panayiotou kid is doing alright for himself

30 year ago last week, on August 18, 1984, Careless Whisper reached the top spot on the UK music charts, ending Frankie Goes To Hollywood's 9-week reign with their single Two Tribes. The debut solo track from George Michael, it ushered in the career of a global music superstar that continues to this day. [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Aug 24, 2014 - 78 comments

Damon Talks about Everyday Robots

Damon Albarn talks about each track on Everyday Robots. Damon Albarn has released Everyday Robots (reviews here, here, and here), his first "official" solo album (I guess Democrazy doesn't count). He talks about every track on SoundCloud.
posted by juiceCake on May 1, 2014 - 9 comments

Lord Cobham was burnt alive, but I forget what for

15 year old Jane Austen wrote a satrical history of English monarchs and now you can read it.
posted by The Whelk on Feb 25, 2014 - 19 comments

Don't Talk

Queen's 1982 dance funk single "Body Language" represented a rare move away from their glam stadium anthems into a more spare, disco-driven beat inter-cut with a moaning Freddie Mercury. The accompanying video, full of exposed flesh and suggestive lyrics, was deemed inappropriate for US TV and was one of the first music videos barred from MTV.
posted by The Whelk on Feb 14, 2014 - 56 comments

Prancing Shouting Devil Clown

Mario Wienrroither cuts up music videos to create surreal, musicless clips: Firestarter - Smells Like Teen Spirit - I Want To Break Free (Music videos without music previously, more previously)
posted by The Whelk on Jan 16, 2014 - 12 comments

Mr. Rick Wakeman on keyboards ... and various other concerns

Whether taking all mankind close to the edge with his keyboard contributions to every punk's favorite prog-rock band Yes, or going it solo (in fully sequined gown) with all Six Wives of Henry VIII all the way to the center of the earth, or perhaps with figure skating Knights of the Round Table, or composing the score for Ken Russell's Liztomania (and "acting" in it), or doing definitive session work for the likes of David Bowie, Black Sabbath, etc, or candidly singing the praises of Christianity and/or Freemasonry ... [more inside]
posted by philip-random on Dec 21, 2013 - 34 comments

The Great Kate Wait almost over

Days after British and International news reporters and photographers started claiming space in front of the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's hospital, (some have been there since July 3, or 10 days before Kate Middleton's suspected due date of July 13), the "Royal Baby" is finally on the way now that the Duchess of Cambridge is reportedly in labor. Millions around the world wait for the birth of the newest addition to the Royal Family, who will be third in line to the throne of the British Monarchy, whether it's a boy or a girl.
posted by CrazyLemonade on Jul 22, 2013 - 338 comments

Insanity laughs under pressure we're cracking

There's still nobody who can make "dee da deedadet" sound as sexy as Freddie Mercury did. Under Pressure, vocals only.
posted by killThisKid on Jun 7, 2013 - 54 comments

Badger badger badgering the Cameron government!

Dr. Brian May, CBE, PhD FRAS, recently retired Chancellor of LJMU, winner of The RPS' Saxby Award for achievements in the field of stereoscopic photography, distinguished author, lecturer, film producer, entrepreneur, and occasional musician has been quite busy lately trying to prevent a sweeping cull of the British badger population. His efforts have been surprisingly successful. The overwhelming response to his government petition led to a parliamentary debate, where MPs overwhelmingly rejected the cull in a non-binding vote. The government has attempted to press forward with the cull, but has faced significant resistance from scientists, naturalists, and concerned citizens that have led to implementation delays. The movement recently got the attention of Weebl, who has recorded a rough cut of a new song with Brian May called "Save the Badger Badger Badger" which was recently used in a flash mob protest. The final version will include additional vocals by Brian Blessed.
posted by markkraft on May 6, 2013 - 29 comments

George Gershwin meets Freddie Mercury and Co.

Bohemian Rhapsody/Rhapsody in Blue mash-up done by a pretty good piano player.
posted by Seekerofsplendor on May 3, 2013 - 12 comments

We will create and destroy ten art movements in ten years

Groundbreaking vocalist and producer Janelle Monae pays tribute to Qui Etes-Vous Polly Maggoo? in her latest video, "Q.U.E.E.N."
posted by pxe2000 on May 3, 2013 - 104 comments

Cox Models and Drag Queens

A survival analysis of RuPaul’s Drag Race. [more inside]
posted by Westringia F. on Mar 14, 2013 - 43 comments

Classic Albums, covering 3 decades of popular music

Classic Albums is a rock and pop documentary series, broadcast and on DVD, starting with The Making of Sgt. Pepper. There were 38 more albums covered, plus five more in the Netherlands... [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 1, 2013 - 33 comments

When Wolverine met Freddy Mercury

In 2010, Marvel Comics artist Steve Bunch posted an anonymous page to his blog that featured X-Men frontman Wolverine inexplicably encountering Queen frontman Freddy Mercury, an art submission originally sent to Darren Auck, then head of Marvel's art-correction team, in the 1990s. Portland-based comics artist Colleen Coover read Bunch's post, and in 2012 she decided to do something about it: she decided to recreate the page, adding color (both literal and metaphorical) to the meeting of these two (actual and arguable) mutants. Since then, other comic artists have decided to recreate the historic meeting depicted on that original, baffling/brilliant page: Some are magical; some are professional grade (pages one and two); some are prosaic; some are, frankly, adorable. Not all of them are on Coover's page. Do you hold the secret to this story? Coover would like to see your take: "I invite other artists to do the same, by which exercise we may one day come close to the fictional Truth of the matter."
posted by firstbest on Jan 4, 2013 - 39 comments


Since it debuted on the blue in '11 // Epic Rap Battles of History preppin' // to score itself more than a billion views // and become TopDog of the pack YouTube
Made by NicePeter and EpicLloyd // (two improv comics by Maker employed) // The series pits icons of legend renowned // in a slick-wit freestyle rap throwdown
With snappier writing, and better FX // online celebs (and Google Ad checks) // The Epic Rap crew's halfway done with the brew // that is Epic Rap Battles of History Part Deux
The midseason's close? It comes out today. // In one corner: Santa Claus, fresh from his sleigh
And his prophet o' doom? "He ain't Mayan," ERBoH sez.
It's Snoop Dogg -- Snoop Lion -- as mothafuckin' Moses
[WHO WON?][WHO'S NEXT?][more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Dec 10, 2012 - 27 comments

Nurse who answered "prank" Duchess call found dead.

2Day FM's DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian phoned the King Edward VII Hospital from Australia on Wednesday morning pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles asking for an update on the condition of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. The call was described as a prank by the DJs who made it and foolish by the hospital. The nurse who answered the call, Jacintha Saldanha, was convinced by the impersonation and relayed confidential medical details. Today Ms Saldanha was found dead, early reports indicate the death is not suspicious and is suspected to be suicide. [more inside]
posted by samworm on Dec 7, 2012 - 242 comments

Freddie Mercury: Out on Stage, Brown in the Closet

"Take everything you know and imagine about Freddie Mercury: the iconic British rock star, the philandering partier, the serial maker of testosteroned-anthems, and flip it around to something less familiar: Farrokh Bulsara, a demure, bucktoothed Indian boy in a Bombay boarding school, listening to Lata Mangeshkar, playing cricket." -- Janaki Challa writes about the contradiction in the openly gay image of Freddie Mercury the performer and his much more private cultural identity off it.
posted by MartinWisse on Sep 6, 2012 - 36 comments

"It must be something we haven't seen yet..."

“When Jim first came to me with this idea of putting two guys inside a giant alien queen suit,” Winston admitted, “I thought, ‘This man is out of his mind.’ Nothing like that had been done before. But in the next moment, I realized that if he had imagined it, we could probably do it.” - How Stan Winston and Jim Cameron built the Alien Queen. Original creature creature H.R. Giger was disapointed not to be involved, leading to this letter from Cameron.
posted by Artw on Aug 19, 2012 - 43 comments

Well, there's a new idea for a remake

Coming to Lifetime - Steel Magnolias
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jul 3, 2012 - 30 comments

A Night At The.. the.. umm.. some sort of 8-bit slash opera pun..

MetaFilter faves/VGM legends/Jim Steinman incarnates The Protomen have taken a sabbatical from their epic concept album trilogy-in-works based on the MegaMan canon to record a tribute to Queen. [more inside]
posted by mediocre on Jun 18, 2012 - 14 comments

5-3-1852: Prince Albert still won't get out of the can

The diaries of Queen Victoria, totaling 47,000 pages and running from the age of 13 until her death, have been digitized. The site will be free to UK users, but open access for the rest of the world only runs through the end of June.
posted by Horace Rumpole on May 24, 2012 - 33 comments

Until we fucking well die

Queen's finest moment may have been their 1986 concert at Wembley Arena, which you can now see (at very high quality) online.
posted by BoringPostcards on Apr 14, 2012 - 84 comments

Physical violence is the least of my priorities.

Arrested drunk guy sings Bohemian Rhapsody.
posted by cmoj on Mar 29, 2012 - 91 comments

Even dykes say "Yay!"

Chick-Fil-A is known as much for supporting anti-gay organizations as it is for its tasty chicken. Nevertheless, drag queen divas assure you it's okay to Chow Down (at Chick-Fil-A).
posted by Lou Stuells on Mar 21, 2012 - 181 comments

Are you Baby Knebworth?

Queen is looking for very special twenty-five year old. On August 9, 1986, Queen played their what would end up being their very last concert with Freddy Mercury at Knebworth House in Hertfordshire, England. It marked the end of an era for the band, but the beginning of a new one for a rock-and-roll baby born at the show. [more inside]
posted by kimdog on Feb 29, 2012 - 65 comments

Yet another Bohemian Rhapsody cover.

We've had a lot of posts about Bohemian Rhapsody, but this is worth one more listen. Richie Castellano has put together a one man show, split screen version of Queen's hit, and nails it!
posted by HuronBob on Jan 28, 2012 - 45 comments

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