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freddie mercury: shes a killer queen, gunpowder gelatine, dynamite with a laser beam, guarenteed to blow your mind

brian may: who

freddie mercury: the girl reading this

Sheer Heart Attack! Queen, 1974

Sheer Heart Attack! Queen, 1974

Conversation

roger: it’s about this guy I know.
us: right.
roger: no srsly, there’s this guy…
us: we believe you.
roger: it’s one of the crew.
us: we love you, you adorable little carfucker.

Queen at the Hammersmith Odeon, 1975, by Andre…

Queen at the Hammersmith Odeon, 1975, by Andrew Putler, via rollingstone

Queen, “You’re My Best Friend” BY JOHN DEACON….

Queen, “You’re My Best Friend” BY JOHN DEACON. 

(The picture sleeve released in Yugoslavia in case you were wondering.)

John Deacon. That fluffy fella third from the left, seen at Ridge Farm in 1975, where the band was working on A Night At The Opera

Here’s another of him, via discodeaky (whose outstounding blog, these days known as @doktordyper, you should definitely get to know if you don’t). 

Fluffy.

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He didn’t just play bass, though. When he happened upon a Wurlitzer electric piano (the Wurlitzer EP-200, NOT a Fender Rhodes as if often misidentified; they actually sound nothing alike), he asked Fred about it, who scoffed. “I refuse to play the damn thing. It’s tinny and horrible and I don’t like them. Why play those things when you’ve got a lovely superb grand piano?”

John’s response? “I took it home and I started to learn on the electric piano and basically that’s the song that came out, you know, when I was learning to play piano.“

(Quotes via songfacts, Wurlitzer detail via queensongs.info.)

The song we’re talking about is “You’re My Best Friend.” The first song he wrote when he was teaching himself to play the electric piano. 

And since Freddie refused to play the Wurlitzer, JOHN played the piano on the record that we know and love. 

He also layed down a righteous bassline (not at the same time, mind you), and the fact is, as often as we talk about John writing this really terrific song (the second single from the album), I almost never hear anyone talking about how well he PLAYED on it, too.

So, from the 40th anniversary re-release of A Night At The Opera, here’s the backing track for “You’re My Best Friend”. It includes some lovely vocals and some of Brian May’s sweetest guitar work (5 layers of rhythm, plus the lead, running through the legendary Deacy Amp, designed and built by John in 1972 and finally released commercially in 2010 – you can buy it online, at deacyamp.com!), but this stripped down version allows you to really hear what John was doing on piano and bass. 

TURN IT UP.

Freddie conceded that John was able to get a distinctive sound out of the Wurlitzer, but he was still having none of it. Not only did he ONLY play it on a grand piano in concert, in the official video release, we do indeed see Deacy at the piano, but it’s a GRAND PIANO, and NOT a Wurlitzer!!! Seriously, Fred was having NONE of it.

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Whatever, man. It’s a heckuva track. Maximum Deacy, and don’t you forget it.

And in fairness to Fred’s dislike for the Wurlitzer, he slays this song vocally. The 1975 black nail polish look is also killer. 

By the way, John played keyboards on other tracks (notably “Another One Bites The Dust”), as well as guitar now and again (especially on his own songs for Hot Space), and really, that’s his story in Queen. Doing what he has to, and doin’ just fine, thanks for asking.

And fluffy.

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Freddie Mercury and Brian May, “Crazy Little T…

Freddie Mercury and Brian May, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” 

(Top, Live Aid via brianmay, bottom via nme)

Freddie Mercury and Boy George, and with Jane …

Freddie Mercury and Boy George, and with Jane Seymour, at Fashion Aid, 1985, via thisisnotporn

Freddie Mercury and Brian May by Steve Jenning…

Freddie Mercury and Brian May by Steve Jennings, my edit of original via popsugar

How did I miss that this was a CAT VEST? From …

How did I miss that this was a CAT VEST? From “These Are The Days Of Our Lives”, released on Freddie’s 45th birthday, September 5, 1991, via queenpoland

Boys keep swinging! Freddie Mercury by Fin Cos…

Boys keep swinging! Freddie Mercury by Fin Costello, my edit of original via newnownext