Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Google Doodles: Freddie Mercury and Horror Character Anthems

I know I've been slacking on my newly launched Google Doodle posts but it's not my fault that Google only decides to put them up when I'm having a super lazy day right? That's what I thought. In any case, once I found out what today's Google Doodle was, there was no way I could pass up an opportunity to talk about it.

Today marks what would have been the 65th birthday of Freddie Mercury. Here is a heart warming story for you in regards to why I feel I have a special love of all things Freddie. Back sometime in the wonderful decade of the 1990s, my Dad brought home our very first CD player. Yes, yes all you oldies can pish posh all you want, but in my day CD players were a big deal. The first CD my Dad bought along with our brand new CD player was Classic Queen. A CD that I would play nonstop and dance to by my lonesome in the living room. It is due to this I think and the fact that Queen was one of the only CDs my Dad played in the car---that I love them.

Therefore in order to pay tribute to who was perhaps one of the greatest musicians of all time, I am going to dedicate a few of Queens greatest hits to some of the greatest horror characters and movies of all time.

Somebody to Love

Frankenstein's Monster in...
Bride of Frankenstein

Defining Lyrics:

Everyday, I try and I try and I try
But everybody wants to put me down
They say I'm goin' crazy
They say I got a lot of water in my brain
Got no common sense
I got nobody left to believe

A Kind of Magic

Corky and Fats in...

Defining Lyrics:

It's a kind of magic,
A kind of magic,
One dream, one soul, one prize,
One goal, one golden glance of what should be

I'm Going Slightly Mad

Miss Giddens in...

Defining Lyrics:
I'm going slightly mad
I'm going slightly mad
It finally happened - happened
It finally happened - ooh oh
It finally happened - I'm slightly mad
Oh dear

Under Pressure

Robert Thorn in...

Defining Lyrics:
It's the terror of knowing
What this world is about
Watching some good friends
Screaming let me out
Pray tomorrow - gets me higher
Pressure on people - people on streets

I Want It All

Herbert West in...

Defining Lyrics:

I´m a man with a one track mind,
So much to do in one life time(people do you hear me)
Not a man for compromise and where´s and why´s and
living lies
So I´m living it all, yes I´m living at all,
And I´m giving it all, and I´m giving it all,

I want it all, I want it all,
I want it all, and I want it now

I Want To Break Free

Rosemary Woodhouse in...

Defining Lyrics:

I want to break free
I want to break free
I want to break free from your lies
You're so self satisfied I don't need you
I've got to break free
God knows, God knows I want to break free

Bohemian Rhapsody

David in...
An American Werewolf in London

Defining Lyrics:
Too late, my time has come,
Sends shivers down my spine, body's aching all
the time
Goodbye, ev'rybody, I've got to go,
Gotta leave you all behind and face the truth


matango said...

Excellent post, Andre. I especially like the Under Pressure/Soylent Green one.

Phil Fasso said...

I know I've only been reading you a short time, but this is your best piece I've come across yet. Sure I'm biased, because Queen is one of my favorite bands, and Mother Mercury was indeed a presence. But any lady who can attach Queen lyrics to some of horror's greatest classics is aces in my book! And I loved the way the Google Doodle had Mercury owning the universe to the lyrics of "Don't Stop Me Now." A fitting tribute. --Phil

BRENT said...

Yep Freddie is number one with me!! An amazing talent, voice and general all round nice guy. Such a loss to the world.

matango said...

Also, if Soylent Green is made with a pressure cooker, as the song seems to indicate, that would help seal in the flavor.

CashBailey said...

Freddie Mercury: The Greatest Ever.