The skewed perspective of a conservative Catholic employee-side employment lawyer living in the most exciting city in the Milky Way, Las Vegas, Nevada USA, who listens to a lot of really strange music and who, for some reason, lives and dies St. Louis Cardinal baseball

3/03/2005

Queen - "Play the Game"

As a teenager in the 1970s, I wasn't much of a Queen fan. They were too "rock" for me and I wasn't much into hard rock.

Fast forward to the 21st Century and I'm a big fan of Freddie Mercury and the Boys. I now realize that Queen, after their first LP or so, were not a "rock" band per se, but an extremely gifted pop band working in the rock idiom. Within their catalog, they have at least two songs that were both highly innovative and so distinctive that you can imagine no other recording them ("Bohemian Rhapsody" and "We Will Rock You," with its melody being driven largely by highly percussive stomping and hand claps). Few groups have ever mustered even one. They could completely ape another artist's style and yet produce a song distinctly their own (stealing Chic's sound for "Another One Bites the Dust").

Yet some of my favorite Queen songs are when they are doing pure pop. One song I love is "Play the Game," the sort-of title track from their comeback-ish LP (at least to their U.S. audience) The Game. This Freddie Mercury penned ditty puts out there the raw emotions Mercury must have felt as a bisexual (i.e., gay) male, trying to do the traditional thing, living in a heterosexual marriage, telling himself over and over again just to "play the game / play the game / play game." Or maybe it's about something else. Regardless, it's the song o' the day.
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