10 classic Queen songs you won’t hear on the radio
4. She Makes Me (Stormtrooper In Stilettos)
Controversial choice ahoy! This distinctly strange Brian May tune from Sheer Heart Attack isn’t to everyone’s taste: the hazy, hypnotic strumming and May’s fractured vocal sound as un-Queen-like as they ever got. But if you’re in the mood for something utterly different, this is the place to go.
5. Sweet Lady
A Night At The Opera is an enormous, chiffon-draped meringue of a record – wondrous to behold, glorious to taste, but occasionally just a little bit too much to digest in one sitting. But amid all the grand operatics and seaside-themed tomfoolery was this earthy rocker in which Brian May sets his guitar to ‘stun’ while Freddie Mercury bemoans his woman doing him wrong: “You call me sweet, like I’m some kind of cheese,” he wails memorably at one point. We’ve all been there, Fred.
He doesn’t half do nostalgic rock’n’roll brilliantly well, that man Taylor. This supremely laid-back not-quite-a-ballad from A Day At The Races recasts Rog as an old man looking back fondly on the “the brighter sun and the easier lays” through what sounds like a fug of Panama Red smoke. Keep an ear out for that affectionate pay-off too: “Jimi Hendrix, he was good…”
7. Put Out The Fire
Hot Space – that was Queen’s ‘disco’ album, yadda, yadda, yadda. True, but only half the story. Get past the leather-chapped sex-funk on what used to be called side one, and you’ll find a handful of tunes that prove that Queen hadn’t cut themselves off completely from their rock’n’roll roots. Chief among ’em is this thunderous anti-gun rant, which sees Brian May finally being allowed to cut loose again. Listen carefully and you can hear old curly-chops sighing with relief.