The haters are out there, full force on social media, trashing the band, expressing zero interest in the film, and basically citing "Bohemian Rhapsody"-the song-- as either what they love or what they hate.
"I can't stand the band, but you have to admit, Bohemian Rhapsody is great fun."
"If I hear Bohemian Rhapsody one more time, I'll take a hostage."
"I am so sick of Bohemian Rhapsody."
Queen has other songs.
I mentioned last week how I never tire of "Bohemian Rhapsody," even if I don't reach for "A Night At The Opera" as much as I used to, and that is because I love the art of making records. "Bohemian Rhapsody" is not only a great record, it's a marvel, an achievement in record-making that equals or surpasses just about any record out there for sheer originality and balls and execution.
But, Queen has other songs. And they've made a whole lot of great records.
Like many artists, their hits don't quite represent the band. David Bowie's two biggest, I believe, were "Fame" and "Let's Dance."
Cheap Trick: "The Flame."
If you're of a certain age, "Meet The Parents" might be your favorite Robert DeNiro film.
Queen has others songs, from straight forward hard rock, to British dance hall, to campy glam, to acoustic pop and back again. All four members are masterful at their instruments and the voices of Freddie, Brian and Roger, when harmonizing, created a unique instrument of their own, that to this day, gets referred to as "Queen Vocals" when utilized on many artists recordings. What was put down in the studio was near impossible to recreate on stage, so if you happened to see the band live at any point, I don't blame you if you were not impressed. I've enjoyed myself at every Queen show I've been to, but I will also be the first to admit, they didn't always cut it live.
Queen's debut right through 1977's "News Of The World" are as essential to me as "The Who Sell Out," The Beatles catalogue, "Ziggy Stardust" and "Blonde On Blonde."
Queen has other songs besides the 10 biggest hits.
Here are 10 that are right up there with some of my favorite music of all time and none of them are "Bohemian Rhapsody," "We Will Rock You" or "Another One Bites The Dust."