My Sunday Song – “Innuendo” by Queen

For My Sunday Song #221, we are starting the next set of 10 songs with the band Queen and first up is “Innuendo”. The song is the title track to their 1991 album ‘Innuendo’ which was their 14th studio album and for me their last proper studio album as Freddy died a short time later after its release. The song was the first single off the album and went to #1 in the UK and #17 in the US. I bought this album the day it came out and loved this song instantly.

The song was written by Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor and actually developed from a jam session that was going on by Brian May, John Deacon and Roger. It was very “Bohemian Rhapsody” with all the style changes and is actually longer than that song. It was pieced together from many different pieces, but when joined together it is a kind of magic. The lyrics are part tribute to Led Zeppelin’s ‘Kashmir’ (Roger’s part) and part shout out to the stories on Freddie’s health (Freddie’s part).

But it is the music that blows me away with it’s drum roll opening and eerie tones building until we get to Freddie’s voice. It is dark and haunting and then goes “Bolero style” with its flamenco guitars with help from Steve Howe of Yes and Brian May. Steve actually handles the solo part. There is full on orchestration which harkens back to ‘Bohemian” and then it rocks out. The orchestration was done all on keyboards by Freddie and David Richards the producer. It is progressive rock, 1991. It is one of those songs that has so much going on that you find little nuggets that you missed in the prior listens. It is a song that keeps on giving. Queen does excess well and this song screams excess and over-the-top and it works on so many levels. What an opening track to an album.

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Friday New Releases – July 31, 2020

I learned a new phrase today.  I learned that Friday’s are also called “POETS” Day. A British slang I believe for “Piss Off Early, Tomorrow’s Saturday”.  So why don’t we all celebrate “POETS” Day every Friday and treat ourselves to some music.  There are a good amount of releases today and my choice is highlighted in Blue.  Let me know what you are interested in hearing and what I missed on the list as I only usually put stuff on here for bands that I actually know something about so I miss a lot.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend…now Piss Off!!

  • 8100gpzX9lL._SS500_  Dee Snider – For the Love of Metal (Live) – (Napalm Records):  Speaking of live albums, we have a new one from Dee Snider from this tour of his latest album, For the Love of Metal.  Looking forward to hearing this as that was a great album.

And here are the rest…some good stuff that might get checked out in the near future…

  • 91l829R5KWL._AC_UL115_  The Psychedelic Furs – Made of Rain – (Cooking Vinyl)

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