Monday, June 21, 2010

Stuck in my head: Queen, "Hammer to Fall"

"For we who grew up tall and proud/in the shadow of the mushroom cloud/convinced our voices can't be heard/we just wanna scream it louder and louder..."

I found a CD case underneath the passenger seat of my car the other day and have been rifling through the sleeves, playing a new CD with each mini-trip I take.

CDs. How retro.

Today I popped in one of the two "best of" Queen CDs I have. They're the same CDs that my mom's been asking to have back since I stole them sometime during undergrad. (I should probably make her copies, eh? Or rip them to my laptop and send her the originals since I'm the more technically advanced and they are technically her CDs.)

This is the second Queen-related post I've thrown up here in quite a short period, but this time it's the actual band performing and not a cover. And holy shit, do they sound amazing. This is one of those bands that I would give my amazing, thick, naturally curly hair to have seen live before Freddy passed away. I even own the VHS of his 1992 tribute concert at Wembley and love it (in which the duet with Annie Lennox and David Bowie cemented my fascination with sexual androgyny, safe to say... but that's a video clip for a different, asexual day). Thank god my mom has great taste in music and was open-minded enough to expose me to that VHS and this band at such a young age. I've also (thankfully and, in some ways, unfortunately) been very aware of AIDS and what to do to prevent its transmission, to learn of its consequences and to help end the stigmas attached to those living with it.

Aside from the weight of the disease that cut the career of this band short, I have their songs stuck in my head. Today, I wanted to hear this particular one and, luckily, found a great live performance video of it.

Here's Queen's "Hammer to Fall."

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