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20 Album Challenge – Day 10

The 20 Day Album challenge continues. Today’s pick is Queen’s Greatest Hits.


After Star Wars came out in 1977, and changed my life, sci-fi and fantasy movies became all the rage, capitalizing on the Star Wars success. One of these movies was 1980s Flash Gordon. One of the greatest things about that movie was the theme song. It was my introduction to Queen, and I was obsessed with that song. Not long after that, “Another One Bites the Dust” was released, and I became a Queen fan for life. At the time, the only songs I knew other than those two were “We Are the Champions” and “We Will Rock You“. Those songs alone were worth getting the Greatest Hits album. The first song on the first side was “Bohemian Rhapsody.” It was my first time hearing that song since the radio stations in the U.S. never played it. Within one second of hearing the song, “Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?”, I was blown away, and my music world was turned upside down! And then we get to the opera portion of the song, which was insane! And then Brian May’s guitar blowing off the roof! There didn’t need to be another song on there! But, man am I glad there was! I loved “Fat Bottomed Girls” and “Bicycle Race.” And I was once again blown away. This time it was by “Now I’m Here“. If you listen to the song on headphones, you hear Freddie sing “Now I’m here” in one headphone, then you hear him sing “Now I’m there” in the other headphone. You can do that?! Queen was now my favorite band. And move over Steve Perry (but not too far over), Freddie was, and still is, my all-time favorite singer. And this was the first full album that started it all for me.

Here is the album on Spotify:

And if you’d like to get the album from Amazon, you can click on the album cover below:

Remember That Song: 7/20/17

Can you name the artist and song:

The mist is lifting slowly
I can see the way ahead
And I’ve left behind the empty streets
That once inspired my life

Last Song: “I Want It All” by Queen from the album The Miracle (1989)

Happy birthday to Brian May, who turned 70 yesterday!

Great job bierpumpe!!!

Listen all you people
Come gather round
I gotta get me a game plan
Gotta shake you to the ground


If you’d like to purchase this song from Amazon, click on the album cover below:

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Remember That Song: 6/26/17

Can you name the artist and song:

I don’t want to tame your animal style
You won’t be caged
In the call of the wild

Last Song: “Hammer To Fall” by Queen from the album The Works (1984)

Oh every night, and every day
A little piece of you is falling away
But lift your face the Western Way
Build your muscles as your body decays


If you’d like to purchase this song from Amazon, click on the album cover below:

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Remember That Song: 4/12/17

Can name the artist and song:

Thursday morning was a hot-flash factor
Her face still focused in my mind

Last Song: “Who Wants to Live Forever” by Queen from the album A Kind of Magic (1986)
Great job bierpumpe!!!

There’s no chance for us
It’s all decided for us
This world has only one sweet moment
set aside for us


Here is a live version. It’s just incredible to see Freddie Mercury hold so many people in the palm of his hand.

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Remember That Song: 7/18/16

Can you name the artist and song:

I think about her all the time
She’s my fantasy
An image burnin’ in my mind
Callin’ out to me

Last Song: “Headlong” by Queen from Innuendo (1991)

Great job Bierpumpe!!!

And you think you’re so strong
But there ain’t no stopping no there’s nothin’
You can do about it

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Remember That Song: 1/4/16

Can you name the artist and song:

A kiss in the rain till the sun shine through
I tried to deny it but I’m still in love with you

Last Songs:
It feels like ages, but the last time we had Remember That Song, we were wrapping up ’70s week:

Song 1
“Feeling That Way” by Journey from Infinity (1977)

When the summer’s gone
She’ll be there standing by the light
Once she’s been to where she’s gone to
She should know wrong from right

Song 2
“Bicycle Race” by Queen from Jazz (1978)

Song 3
“Sweet and Simple” by Journey from Evolution (1979)

Don’t be lonely,
Oh, my friends, forget the past.
Sweet as sugar,
When you’re movin’

Song 4
“Stone Cold Crazy” by Queen from Sheer Heart Attack (1974)

There’s a rumour going round, gotta clear outta town
I’m smelling like a dry fish bone
Here come the Law, gonna break down the door, gonna carry me
away once more

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Remember That Song: 8/12/15

Can you name the artist and song:

Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow dream away

Last Song: “Headlong” by Queen from Innuendo (1991)

And you think you’re so strong
But there ain’t no stopping no there’s nothin’
You can do about it

Innuendo was the first album (actually cassette) that I bought when I got back from the Gulf War. I had no idea Queen had come out with something new. One of my first stops when I got off the ship was the record store (Wherehouse Music). I grabbed Innuendo as soon as I saw it, and instantly loved it! Sadly, this was Queen’s last studio album while Freddie was alive. It’s hard to believe he was so sick when they recorded this. They were firing on all cylinders, and sounded as great as ever. R.I.P. Freddie.

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Quotes of the Day: Live Aid

If you were alive 30 years ago today, then you were glued to MTV right now. This was our generation’s Woodstock. Or was Woodstock the hippie generation’s bong-watered down version of Live Aid? In any case, just about every great artist from ’80s, for all genres, performed today in either England or Philadelphia. There was also somebody who played live in both places. Here are some great quotes from that day, that I found on imdb. And we will close out with one of the greatest performances of all-time. I’m sure you already know what it is before you even scroll down.

Richard Skinner: It’s 12 noon in London, 7am in Philadelphia, and around the world it’s time for Live Aid. Wembley welcomes their Royal Highnesses, the Prince and Princess of Wales.Live Aid Intro

Adam Ant: There are many of my heroes here. People I’ve worshiped from afar.

Ozzy Osbourne: I came here to play music, and I didn’t really realize the full extent and magnitude of what it is all about. Now I’m here, it’s the greatest event ever.

Tina Turner: It was the most electrifying feeling, being there – no other reason than the cause. I wish I could do even more.

Mike Jagger: I came to play in Philadelphia because of the cause, because of Live Aid, of course. But I also came to have myself a good time. And I’ve sure as hell done that.

Dionne Warwick: They say the entertainment industry can never get together. Fooled them again, didn’t we?

Sting: This is what rock and roll is all about. It’s an event as much as its music.

Bryan Adams: I’m just proud to be here. I’m a Canadian and tears are not enough. Let’s all do what we can for Live Aid.

Tom Petty: Two minutes before we came on stage, we decided to play “American Girl”, since this is, after all, JFK stadium.

Phil Collins: I was in England this afternoon… funny old world, innit?

Bob Geldof: I’ve just realized that today is the best day of my life. Now I’m going home to sleep.

And we’ll close out with one of the best performances by one of the best bands ever. There is no current artist alive today that can hold the world in the palm of his or her hand like Freddie did that day. Here is the full performance. Enjoy!

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Remember That Song: 7/8/15

Can you name the artist and song and complete the lyrics:

You know I’m still your loverboy, I still feel the same way
That’s when she told me a story ’bout ____ ____ ___ _ ___

Last Song: “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie from Hot Space (1982)

Great job MC Chunky A (@MCChunkyA)!!!

Turned away from it all like a blind man
Sat on a fence but it don’t work
Keep coming up with love but it’s so slashed and torn
Why, why, why?

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What’s On my iPod Too

Hi Everybody, since my brain does not seem to be all that creative this week, I thought I’d bring you a second installment of “What’s On My iPod”. Feel free to check out the original if you missed it. Since there weren’t too many embarrassing songs on the last one, I’ll take my chances and give it another go. I am going to shuffle my iPod, and share the first 10 songs that come up. I will only skip a song if it was already on the previous post. There are well over 12,000 songs eligible. OK, here we go:

“We Could Be Together” by Debbie Gibson

Oh man, here we go! I hope I don’t regret doing this today! But yes, this rocker fan was also crushing on Debbie Gibson in the late ’80s. And I still have her on my iPod. I always liked this song from her Electric Youth album.

2. “Dance the Night Away” by Van Halen

OK, maybe I’ll get some of my rock cred back now! We’ll jump back to 1979 and listen to this awesome song from the Van Halen II album.

3. “Stick To Your Guns” by Bon Jovi

Not bad. Outstanding song from New Jersey!

4. “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins

Oh no! I just played this freaking song in last week’s Top 40 Countdown! Well I suppose hearing it 2 times in a week isn’t as bad as hearing it 2 times an hour, every hour like when it was originally released.

5. “Overnight Sensation” by Firehouse

YES!!!! Great, great rockin’ song! I would like to write something on ’80s Rock Songs Released in the ’90s, and this would be on that list.

6. “Be With You” by The Bangles

I love this song by The Bangles from their Everything album.

7. “Lying To Yourself” by Asia

This song is on my iPod, and I don’t even remember hearing it before! It’s OK. There are plenty of other Asia songs that I like better. But, it still has that Asia sound.

8. “Do That to Me One More Time” by Captain and Tenille

Seriously? I didn’t even know this was on my iPod! Apparently it is on a Billboard Top Hits of 1980 cd. I didn’t know that Captain and Tenille were around in the ’80s.

9. “What’s Your Name” by Boston

Thank God, a good song! This is off of Boston’s Walk On album from 1994, which I think is about as good as their Third Stage album.

10. “The Show Must Go On” by Queen

Wow, what a perfect way to wrap up!!! I miss Freddie.

Well, that was interesting? Did anybody discover any new music here? Feel free to share what’s on your iPod.

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