Thoughts On The Dead

Musings on the Most Ridiculous Band I Can't Stop Listening To

Sheer Heart Attack

Sheer Heart Attack was the first real Queen album, in that it was the first one that sounded like all of the records would sound from then on: whipsaw mood shifts during side-long medleys, and several songs that–while wonderful–make no fucking sense at all.

This is what they looked like:

Freddie enjoyed showing his penis to crowds. That’s what it comes down to; you can dress it up any way you’d like, but among the questions Freddie Mercury asked of his trousers was, “Can everyone see the detailed outline of my cock?” Also, Brian stole his cape from Little Red Riding Hood, and the only defense John Deacon has is that Saturday Night Fever wouldn’t come out for two years when this picture was taken, so he wasn’t stealing the look.

You will also note that Freddie’s shirt did not have a front to it. Just as Freddie Mercury asked questions of his trousers, he queried his tops: “Do you have a front?” And if the answer was “Yes, of course: a front is inherent to a shirt; I think you want a vest,” then Freddie would say something witty, and not buy that shirt.

If both questions were answered to his satisfaction: voila, an outfit. Don’t believe me? Look:

See? Chest, cock. Cock, chest. Add the teeth and you got Freddie Mercury. STILL don’t believe me?

Let’s just not talk about this one.

But we were talking about Sheer Heart Attack: it’s lighter than the previous two albums, with the big hit Killer Queen right up front, and a music hall number prominently featuring Brian on the ukulele.

There’s also this, maybe the prettiest melody they ever wrote–Brian wrote this one–and one of Freddie’s sweetest vocals. Don’t worry about the whole album (or go listen to it, do what you want) but give this a chance:

God save the Queen.


  1. I just want you to know that as soon as you posted that ’77 show – long before I listened to it – I immediately got the end part of Someone To Love stuck in my head and it’s more or less been there ever since

    this is ok

  2. I’m going to give you a big scoop, ToTD, to possibly distract you from this Queen distraction – I’ve closely reviewed videos of Bobby from Warren Haynes’ Xmas jam this weekend, and it appears he is wearing shoes – actual, close-toed shoes. This would be his first non-Berk public appearance since the early Aughts. Why? Why now? The obvious response would be that it’s cold in Asheville in December. But he’s worn Berks in worse than N.C. can throw at him . My personal theory is that he knew he’d be sharing the stage with Branford, and Branford dances around in a heavy footed way when he gets excited. At Bob’s age, a crushed toe could start a cascade of health issues that ends in death. Perhaps you and your crack-research team can get to the bottom of this.

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