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Freddie Mercury’s Queen saw ‘lots of resistance’ to Flash Gordon album say Brian and Roger


This week’s episode of Queen the Biggest appears to be like again to 1980 when Freddie Mercury, Brian Could, Roger Taylor and John Deacon have been juggling two albums. Apart from The Sport, the band additionally launched a soundtrack for the Flash Gordon film. Whereas the movie was widespread within the UK on the time and a cult basic immediately, there have been severe doubts surrounding Queen’s involvement within the music that the band needed to overcome.

Roger Taylor remembered: “It was an fascinating provide actually from [producer] Dino De Laurentiis and Joe Smith, head of Elektra Data, engineered the entire thing actually. 

“And, it was fascinating really, as a result of the movie was a giant hit in Europe and UK, and flopped utterly in America.”

Commenting on the Flash Gordon film being a cult VHS in a while, Brian stated: “I really feel fairly pleased with the Flash factor, as a result of actually this was the primary time {that a} rock soundtrack had really been put to a film which wasn’t about rock music.

“There was quite a lot of resistance to it, lots of people stated it wouldn’t work, together with Dino.”

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Brian shared: “When he first heard it he went, ‘Oh, it’s not going to work for my movie’, the concept of the rock music being in there. 

“However he fairly quickly grew to become accustomed to the concept, and he beloved it in the long run.”

Roger remembered the way it was Brian’s challenge actually and the way the Queen guitarist took accountability for the soundtrack.

The drummer stated: “It actually did forge quite a bit. I imply you by no means heard heavy rock – quite a lot of it was fairly heavy – music on a movie, and so this battle sequence is basically fairly floor breaking.”

After all, in the long run, Queen did return to scoring with their second movie soundtrack six years later for Highlander, which might be lined in a later episode of Queen the Biggest.

As for the Flash Gordon album, solely the title monitor Flash was launched as a single, however The Hero grew to become a daily opening for Queen reside exhibits.

An instance of this may be seen on the finish of the video with Freddie and the band performing in Milton Keynes on June 5, 1982.

Subsequent week’s episode of Queen the Biggest will look again on the band’s extremely profitable Biggest Hits album, which was lately re-released for its fortieth anniversary.



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