Thoughts On The Dead

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

The Miracle

Every drop of rain that falls in Sahara Desert says it all,
It’s a miracle.
All God’s creations great and small, the Golden Gate and the Taj Mahal,
That’s a miracle.
Test tube babies being born, mothers, fathers dead and gone,
It’s a miracle.

I don’t want to compare Queen to the Insane Clown Posse, I truly don’t, but these are absurdly non-miraculous occurrences Freddie is describing. A test tube baby is the mathematical opposite of a miracle. Rain in the Sahara is non-predictable. Is that what you meant, Freddie?

Let’s move on.

The Miracle came out in 1989, three years after their last album and tour; it did well in the rest of the world, and hit #24 in America. There was no tour. It would be unfair to compare the record to their earlier stuff–they were no longer that band, not those people–but it might be the best of their later stuff. There’s synthy bullshit all over the place, and some of it is too cutesy by half, but even through the dated production some songs stand out. I always dug Invisible Man:

The band knew Freddie was dying. He had broken the news and then forbidden them from mentioning it. They were already looking back; they cosplayed as their younger selves in the video for the title track. (Plus little kid doppelgangers.)

Fun fact: the young man playing Brian grew up to be popular British actor Idris Elba.

Wait, kids playing Rock Stars in a video? Where have I seen this bit before?

Oh, God, it’s all melting together.

Was It All Worth It, with a bit of rearranging, could fit into The Game quite well; the lyrical content places it in 1989, though: it’s impossible to listen to without tombstones in your ears. Freddie answers the question with a resounding, “Yes, it was a worthwhile experience,” and then he laughs.

Listen for yourself. You don’t need the rest of the record, but this song’s worth it:

You’ll note the writing credit: they were sharing it at this point. The band was getting along, according to the usual sources. Freddie would be dead in 30 months.


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