So, after much anticipation and many rumours, it has been announced – the theme of House Song 2017 on Tuesday 17th October is Queen.
This legendary band, spearheaded by the superlative Freddie Mercury, are famous for spanning genres and generation with a style appreciated and loved by those old and new. The Millfield Houses will be competing against one another, performing such timeless classics as Don’t Stop Me Now, Bohemian Rhapsody and Somebody to Love.
But what about some of Queen’s lesser known tracks? We’ve compiled some of our favourite tunes you might not have heard yet…
Seven Seas of Rhye (1973)
This was where it all began for Queen. The final track on their debut album, the single peaked at No. 10 in the UK Charts, thus convincing Freddie Mercury to focus on Queen full time. A brilliant and energetic track, defined by the brilliant piano introduction, this will be sure to get you pumped for House Song.
Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy (1976)
A classic track that often gets over looked in the pantheon of great Queen hits. This chipper number comes from their second album, A Day at the Races, and is guaranteed to get you moving with its upbeat feel and gorgeous backing vocals.
Save Me (1980)
This power ballad was written right at the peak of Queen’s fame. Written by lead guitarist Brian May following an emotional loss of a friend, this track shows the diverse range of styles Queen were able to write at a masterful level. The album that this was released on, The Game, was the first of Queen’s albums to use synthesiser, a classic sound that defined a lot of music in the 1980’s.
Thank God It’s Christmas (1984)
Yes, you may not have known this one, but Queen did release a lesser known Christmas track! Released as a one time single, this track is synth heavy and full of Freddie Mercury’s brilliant vocals. Although this isn’t one of their greatest or most successful tracks, it once again shows the diversity of music produced by Queen and their desire to constantly experiment.
Yes, this isn’t technically a Queen song, but this track is an absolute must for revelling in the vocal quality of Freddie Mercury. Pairing up with world famous soprano Montserrat Caballé, this shows off the lead singer’s love of orchestral and operatic styles, fused in a power ballad style. Following Mercury’s death in 1991, this track rose to fame as the anthem of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
Now it’s Millfield’s opportunity to recreate some of this legendary band’s greatest tracks! You will not want to miss this – Tuesday 17th October, 6.30pm, Tennis Centre. Be there.
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