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Encyclopedia > Killer Queen (song)
"Killer Queen"
Killer Queen cover
Single by Queen
from the album Sheer Heart Attack
Released 11 October 1974
Format vinyl record (7")
Recorded 1974
Genre Rock
Length 2:59
Label EMI (UK), Elektra (US)
Producer(s) Roy Thomas Baker
Chart positions
Queen singles chronology
"Seven Seas of Rhye"
(1974)
"Killer Queen"
(1974)
"Now I'm Here"
(1975)
Sheer Heart Attack Album Listing
"Brighton Rock"
(Track 1)
"Killer Queen"
(Track 2)
"Tenement Funster"
(Track 3)
Live Killers Album Listing
"Death On Two Legs"
(Track 3)
"Killer Queen"
(Track 4)
"Bicycle Race"
(Track 5)

Killer Queen is a song by the English rock band Queen. It was featured on the Sheer Heart Attack album released in 1974, and was written by Queen pianist and lead singer Freddie Mercury. One of the songs, Killer Queen, has a double a-side, Flick of the Wrist. Image File history File links Killer3cdfront. ... In music, a single is a short (usually ten minutes or less*) record, usually featuring one or two tracks as A-side, often accompanied by several B-sides, usually remixes or other songs. ... Sheer Heart Attack is a Queen album from 1974. ... October 11 is the 284th day of the year (285th in leap years). ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1974 calendar). ... A gramophone record, (also phonograph record - often simply record) is an analog sound recording medium: a flat disc rotating at a constant angular velocity, with inscribed spiral grooves in which a stylus or needle rides. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The EMI Group is a major record label, based in Kensington in London, in the United Kingdom. ... Elektra Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, and today operates under Atlantic Records Group. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Roy Thomas Baker is a record producer who helped create a number of extremely popular pop & rock records in the 1970s and 1980s. ... A record chart, also known as a music chart, is a method of ranking music according to popularity during a given period of time. ... Seven Seas Of Rhye is a song performed by British rock group Queen and written by Freddie Mercury. ... Now Im Here is a song by the band Queen it was written by lead guitarrist Brian May while he was in the hospital, it appear on their album Sheer Heart Attack and when realesed as a single it hit 11 in the UK. ... Sheer Heart Attack is a Queen album from 1974. ... Brighton Rock is a song recorded and performed by English rock band Queen, and written by their guitarist Brian May. ... Tenement Funster is a song by the band Queen it is the third track on the first side if there 1974 album Sheer Heart Attack Categories: | ... Live Killers is a double vinyl and compact disc live album by British rock band Queen. ... Death On Two Legs (Dedicated to. ... Bicycle Race was a hit single for the British rock band Queen. ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location (dark green) within the United Kingdom (light green), with the Republic of Ireland (blue) to its west Languages English Capital London Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population –mid-2004... Queen are an English rock band formed by Freddie Mercury, Brian May and Roger Taylor in 1970 from the remains of Smile, with John Deacon completing the lineup the following year. ... Sheer Heart Attack is a Queen album from 1974. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1974 calendar). ... Freddie Mercury was a British-Indian songwriter and singer, best known as the frontman for the English rock band Queen. ... Killer Queen is a song by the British rock band Queen. ... Flick of the Wrist is the double a-side of Killer Queen, a Queen song from their album Sheer Heart Attack (1974). ...


Mercury commented that the influences he received for the track included early Beatles records, Beach Boys and (lyrically) Noel Coward. He wrote the lyrics first before adding the complex yet catchy musical arrangements. The recording features elaborate 4-part vocal harmonies (particularly in the choruses, and also providing backing parts in the verses), and also an elaborate multitracked guitar solo by May. The Beatles were an English pop and rock music group from Liverpool, who continue to be held in the very highest regard for their artistic achievements, their huge commercial success, and their ground-breaking role in the history of popular music. ... The Beach Boys are a pop music group formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961 who are widely considered one of the most influential bands in rock and pop music history. ... Sir Noel Peirce Coward (spelling his forename Noël with the diaeresis was an affectation of later life) (16 December 1899 – 26 March 1973) was an English actor, playwright, and composer of popular music. ...


The song is about a female assassin who poses as a high-class prostitute. It mentions Marie Antoinette, the queen of France, as well as the popular politicians of the 1950s and '60s Khrushchev and Kennedy. Prostitution is the sale of sexual services (typically manual stimulation, oral sex, sexual intercourse, or anal sex) for cash or other kind of return, generally indiscriminately with many persons. ... Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France and Archduchess of Austria (born November 1755 – executed 16 October 1793) Daughter of Maria Theresa of Austria, wife of Louis XVI and mother of Louis XVII. She was guillotined at the height of the French Revolution. ... The 1950s were the decade that spanned the years 1950 through 1959, although some sources say from 1951 through 1960. ... The outrageously crowded Woodstock festival epitomized the popular antiwar movement of the 60s. ... (Russian: , Nikita Sergeevič Hruščëv; surname commonly romanized as Khrushchev, IPA: ; April 17, 1894 – September 11, 1971) was the leader of the Soviet Union after the death of Joseph Stalin. ... Kennedy is a surname used by many individuals, families, and clans. ...


Queen on the record

Mercury:

   
People are used to hard rock, energy music from Queen, yet with this single, you almost expect Noel Coward to sing it. It's one of those bowler hat, black suspender numbers - not that Noel Coward would wear that. It's about a high class call girl. I'm trying to say that classy people can be whores as well. That's what the song is about, though I'd prefer people to put their own interpretation upon it - to read what they like into it.
   

May: Image File history File links Cquote1. ... Sir Noel Peirce Coward (spelling his forename Noël with the diaeresis was an affectation of later life) (16 December 1899 – 26 March 1973) was an English actor, playwright, and composer of popular music. ... Image File history File links Cquote2. ...

   
'Killer Queen' was the turning point. It was the song that best summed up our kind of music, and a big hit, and we desperately needed it as a mark of something successful happening for us... I was always very happy with this song. The whole record was made in a very craftsmanlike manner. I still enjoy listening to it because there's a lot to listen to, but it never gets cluttered. There's always space for all the little ideas to come through. And of course I like the solo, with that three-part section, where each part has its own voice. What can say? It's vintage Queen. The first time I heard Freddie playing that song, I was lying in my room in Rockfield [a residential recording studio in Wales], feeling very sick. After Queen's first American tour I had hepatitis, and then I had very bad stomach problems and I had to be operated on. So I remember just lying there, hearing Freddie play this really great song and feeling sad, because I thought, 'I can't even get out of bed to participate in this. Maybe the group will have to go on without me.' No one could figure out what was wrong with me. But then I did go into the hospital and I got fixed up, thank God. And when I came out again, we were able to finish off 'Killer Queen.' They left some space for me and I did the solo. I had strong feelings about one of the harmony bits in the chorus, so we had another go at that too.
   

The single was released in Autumn 1974 and reached #2 in the British charts. Image File history File links Cquote1. ... Image File history File links Cquote2. ...


Sum 41 performed a tribute to this song on Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen. Sum 41 is a Canadian band from Ajax, Ontario. ...


A version of Killer Queen is playable in the games Guitar Hero and Taiko: Drum Master for the PlayStation 2, as well as in the games Guitar Freaks and Drummania for the arcade. Guitar Hero is a music video game that employs a guitar-shaped peripheral (a miniature Gibson SG) as a primary controller to simulate the playing of an electric guitar. ... Taiko: Drum master (U.S. title) or Taiko no tatsujin (太鼓の達人; Taiko master) is a drumming game for arcade and PlayStation 2. ... Guitar Freaks is a video game created by Konami that is part of the Bemani series. ... DrumMania (alternately drummania, abbreviated DM) is a video game created by Konami as part of the Bemani series. ...


Paul Rodgers has stated that the song would not be played while Queen + Paul Rodgers is on tour, due to the fact that: "the melodies are just too on the spot". Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Queen + Paul Rodgers Concert Logo The Queen + Paul Rodgers collaboration began in late 2004 when Queen was inducted into the UK Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ...

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Queen
John Deacon | Brian May | Freddie Mercury | Roger Taylor
Discography
Studio albums: Queen | Queen II | Sheer Heart Attack | A Night at the Opera | A Day at the Races | News of the World | Jazz | The Game | Flash Gordon | Hot Space | The Works | A Kind of Magic | The Miracle | Innuendo | Made in Heaven
Live albums: Live Killers | Live Magic | Live at Wembley '86 | Queen on Fire - Live at the Bowl | Return of the Champions
Compilations: Greatest Hits | Greatest Hits II | Classic Queen | Queen Rocks | Greatest Hits III | Stone Cold Classics
Box sets: Greatest Hits I & II | The Crown Jewels | The Platinum Collection: Greatest Hits I, II & III
DVDs
We Will Rock You | Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert | Greatest Video Hits 1 | Queen Live at Wembley Stadium | Greatest Video Hits 2 | Queen on Fire - Live at the Bowl | Return of the Champions
Musicals
We Will Rock You

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The Rock Radio: Song Anatomy: Queen - Killer Queen (597 words)
Guitarist Brian May, meanwhile, felt that "Killer Queen" was "the turning point" in the band's career -- "It was the song that best summed up our kind of music, and a big hit, and we desperately needed it as a mark of something successful happening for us.
The album as well as the single topped out at Number Two in the U.K. Sheer Heart Attack was also Queen's first album to be certified gold in the U.S. Mercury's death from AIDS on November 24th, 1991, brought an end to the band, though not their success.
Queen was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in late 2002 and inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in 2003.
Killer Queen (song) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (554 words)
"Killer Queen" is a song by the British rock band Queen.
It mentions Marie Antoinette, the queen of France, as well as the popular politicians of the 1950s and '60s Khrushchev and Kennedy.
A version of Killer Queen is playable in the games Guitar Hero and Taiko Drum Master for the Playstation 2, as well as in the games Guitar Freaks and Drummania for the arcade.
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