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Bring Back that Leroy Brown - Queen

Legbamel Not-Pop

As it's New Year's Eve (or Day, depending on your location) I was going to post a song about the holiday but I couldn't find one I liked. Then I thought I'd write about a blizzard song, as we're enjoying one right now. What could be more wild and slightly scary than masses of snow and howling wind creating a situation where you can barely leave your house and half of the businesses in town close? Apparently just about anything. Almost all of the songs I found about blizzards were emo-fests that dragged on for minutes of whine, whine, whine.

But while meandering about the search results Queen's Bring Back that Leroy Brown popped up and I was reminded that a lot people don't know that the "Greatest Hits" album doesn't necessarily contain the band's best songs. Sure, I love Bicycle Race as much as the next Queen fan but, as with any good and prolific band, the singles didn't tell the whole story. Part of Queen's appeal was their willingness to do wacky things like Bring Back that Leroy Brown, a song that serves as a sort of eulogy for the recently-deceased Jim Croce. From what I can tell the song never charted (although the album, "Sheer Heart Attack", most definitely did). Regardless, it's one of my favorites.

And so for the new year here's a reminder that an artist's biggest hits may not be a good way to judge his/her/their best work. Delve, my dears, and you can find nuggets like this one that give you a different taste of the same flavor. Happy 2011!

2 Responses so far.

  1. polybore says:

    Heh, heh. Forgot about that one.

    Back at ya http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-SMOsXCc0c

  2. legbamel says:

    Ooh, Ogre Battle! Good one, Poly.

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