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There was a really great summer in 1976, apparently. It was so good that people still talk of it now. I don't remember it though, so I can't comment. This seems to baffle my mother, who is convinced that I should remember it - either because it was so good, or because remembering stuff from when you're one is perfectly normal, I have no idea. I don't remember yesterday, for goodness sakes, and she wants me to remember 1976?!* She also remains convinced that I should remember 1976 for another reason - apparently it was the first time that I went to the cinema. She took my brother and sisters to see Bambi that year, which was presumably on a re-release, and clearly couldn't get a babysitter! I can only hope that I behaved, although I find this highly unlikely. But sorry, Mum, no. I don't remember that.

Still, 1976 isn't just a yawning gulf of nothingness in the back of my brain, as it's also the year of Queen's A Day At The Races, the follow up to the massively acclaimed A Night At The Opera. It's been rather lost in the shadow of its predecessor, which is a shame, as I think it's better. It gave the world Drowse, Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy and Somebody To Love (which I always think is better than Bo Rhap). Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy has long been a favourite of mine too. Firstly because it's a good song, and secondly because I warmed to it early, when my father was absolutely scandalised by it, probably when it turned up on the radio some time in the eighties. It contains the line "He's my good old fashioned lover boy". Ye gads! Civilisations will crumble!

How easy would this be if I could use Queen every year! Sadly that's not really possible.

... They do still have their uses though.

Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy (TOTP 1977):

Somebody To Love (Montreal 1981):

Loudness, hurrah.

* On reflection, this wasn't the best task to set myself then really, was it.


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Nov. 23rd, 2015 08:41 pm (UTC)
because I am older than you I remember the summer of 76, my hay fever was out of control and I didn't know about antihistamine.

I remember Bo Rhap as we called it, as the first record to really blow me away. I still have all my Queen vinyl altho all the memorabilia went on Ebay.
Nov. 23rd, 2015 09:45 pm (UTC)
Do you listen to the vinyl still, or is it just a keepsake?
Nov. 23rd, 2015 10:08 pm (UTC)
A keepsake as I have nothing to play it on and would be scared of scratching it!!
Nov. 24th, 2015 05:00 am (UTC)
Yes, I can understand that. It would be a great shame to spoil an original.

I got rid of my vinyl years ago. Mind you, all I had was a deeply disturbing LP of nursery rhymes, "Mull of Kintyre", and "Star-Trekkin'" by the Firm!
Nov. 24th, 2015 03:20 am (UTC)
I've always loved "Somebody to Love" - brilliant song!
Nov. 24th, 2015 05:01 am (UTC)
It really is. Freddie was one hell of a song writer.
Nov. 24th, 2015 06:45 am (UTC)
I'll say this in a small voice, but I'm not super into Queen - but I do really like Somebody to Love, so I reckon you're right there about it being the best. (They're great, of course, but they should be shorter! I'm usually done about two minutes before they seem to be. Send them a memo for me. ;-p)

I can remember stuff from when I was one! I should do this. I can tell you about the camping holiday on a slope in 1978. (I don't know how or why I have scarily early memories when I can't remember anything else, but I do. I think your Mum is being a tad unreasonable to expect it, though.)
Nov. 24th, 2015 05:58 pm (UTC)
Hee. Never try to get into Bruce Springsteen! Queen songs are waaay short compared to his. When other bands are moving on to the next song, he's just getting warmed up. :)

But I will definitely pass your suggestion along!
Nov. 24th, 2015 12:50 pm (UTC)
I wish it could be Queen everyday...

I really like 'Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy' too:) And 'Somebody to Love', but I feel most people would naturally like that one over the other.

I don't remember watching my first film either, ET, due to a lack of babysitters too. Was there a national shortage that has been over looked by the history books?
Nov. 24th, 2015 06:00 pm (UTC)
It's probably something to do with growing up in the sticks. A shortage of people, period! I don't think you missed much though. I know we're all supposed to love that film, but it's a bit rubbish, frankly. *ducks and hides*
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