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1991

I walked home from work today in bright, warm sunshine, with blossom on the trees and birds singing. I don't know what the hell is up with this December, but the roses are clearly as confused as I am. Did we switch places with the southern hemisphere? Are they getting our ice and snow?!

Anyway, backwards in time. There is, obviously, one event that marks 1991 for a Queen fan. But before we get to the sting in the tail of the year, there's a lot of other stuff that happened first. January started with a war, although they insisted at the time that it wasn't one. It was all over soon enough; if you can call running away and leaving something half done, with all kinds of festering wounds ready to deepen and cause a myriad issues later "over". Back in Europe (and nearly Europe) the changes that had been underway since 1989 were all coming to a head. Yugoslavia was coming apart. The USSR wasn't far behind, and Boris Yeltsin jumped from Prime Minister to President in the space of a few months, replacing Gorbachev when his position became untenable. In South Africa the apartheid system was being dismantled, and in the Middle East - remarkably, given the turmoil caused by the First Gulf War - the last few Western hostages were being released. John McCarthy came home in August, Jackie Mann in September, Terry Waite and Tom Sutherland in November, and Terry Anderson in December. Ötzi was dug up in the Alps. And Robert Maxwell fell off his boat. (Or jumped. Or was pushed). It formed a nice little coda for my favourite Bond film six years later, anyway, which is about all that one can say for the man. Oh, and I finally left secondary school. Joy! Although as it turned out, sixth form was just as bad. Still, one hurdle over, and not a moment too soon.

In other avenues, it was the year of Robin Hood, for some reason. Two movies about him were released this year. One was a smash hit, the other vanished without trace. Guess which is the one that I like?! "Prince Of Thieves" probably had its virtues, but I'd be hard put to point to any. (Except for the excellent stunt team, that is). "Robin Hood", on the other hand, is well worth seeking out, although good luck doing it.

Music-wise, eighties pop was starting to give way to the jangly rock that was a big part of the 90s scene. REM hadn't really bothered the British charts before, but Shiny Happy People was a big hit, and they got a lot bigger from then on. James released Sit Down, the Farm had Altogether Now, and the Wonder Stuff brought out Size Of A Cow. The Manics were starting to creep closer to an actual hit, after lurking down in the recesses of the Top 100 for a couple of years. Blur brought out their debut album, and had their first hit. Hale & Pace released The Stonk (sorry, couldn't resist that one - actually it's worth checking out the video, and seeing who you can identify). But there was only one bit of music news in 1991 that mattered, and there's no sense putting it off.



There had been rumours for some time of course, but then there are always rumours about famous people. By the time 1991 rolled around, I guess the truth was obvious to anybody who didn't have their head stuck in the sand - which is where mine definitely was.

And then came November.

The singles from 1991's album Innuendo, beginning with the title track:



I'm Going Slightly Mad:



Headlong:



The Show Must Go On:



These Are The Days Of Our Lives:



Singing to the end. Thanks Freddie.

Comments

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sarren
Dec. 8th, 2015 07:33 pm (UTC)
Interestingly, we were up around the midthirties last week, then had rain on and off all weekend and a (small) thunderstorm, and now the teimp is only in the midtwenties. This is super mild for ua!

I still have Robin Hood on video somewhere, I loved it! What's not to love about Maid Marion dressing up as a boy. And Patrick Bergen, disappeared? Merged with Timothy Dalton to become a gestalt being?
swordznsorcery
Dec. 9th, 2015 05:17 am (UTC)
He does seem to have disappeared, doesn't he. A shame, as he was good. Although the IMDb says that he's still working, so I guess he just doesn't turn up in the things we watch!

Interesting that you're having mild weather too.
sarren
Dec. 14th, 2015 12:27 pm (UTC)
I always assume good actors have disappeared off to work in the theatre :)
swordznsorcery
Dec. 14th, 2015 05:26 pm (UTC)
That does happen with a lot of them, certainly.
heartonsnow
Dec. 8th, 2015 09:00 pm (UTC)
I had my head well in the sand and was so shocked. I never really got over it properly. Days Of Our Lives still makes me weep.
swordznsorcery
Dec. 9th, 2015 05:20 am (UTC)
Have you seen how it's performed in recent years? Worth looking up. Whoever they're touring with, Roger always sings it, with old footage playing on the back screen. Nicely done.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPzhVVAnrPs
emeraldarrows
Dec. 8th, 2015 09:59 pm (UTC)
Any year with lots of Robin Hood is a good year. :D
swordznsorcery
Dec. 9th, 2015 05:21 am (UTC)
That depends on who the Robin is! :)
meathiel
Dec. 9th, 2015 05:05 am (UTC)
"The Show must go on" is one of those songs that always makes me cry ... that one and "Who wants to live forever" ...

I have to admit I actually like "Prince of Thieves". Oops ...
swordznsorcery
Dec. 9th, 2015 05:22 am (UTC)
Lots of people like it! I'm just being difficult. :)
lost_spook
Dec. 9th, 2015 07:43 am (UTC)
My sister loved Prince of Thieves. It was the first thing she went to see in the cinema with a friend. She came back and told me the whole story in great detail. I've never needed to watch it myself! Although how annoyed my Dad got the longer Everything I Do stayed in the charts was just great, so I was fine with that part. (Daughters are evil, apparently. :loL:)

I was a proper teenager by this time, but too ill to be a proper teenager, hence getting told films by proxy and suchlike. But I didn't just have my head in the sand about Queen; I had only the barest idea that they still existed at that point. (My Dad liked them; I thought they'd been around for decades and decades or something and any of their music playing was just old stuff.) So 1991 was only tragic in terms of war and being ill and Doctor Who still not coming back. I think I wrote a Christmas card of complaint about that, prompted by DWM. Or was that 92??
swordznsorcery
Dec. 9th, 2015 05:19 pm (UTC)
I very much like the idea of writing a Christmas card of complaint. Sending something nice, in order to glare from inside it! That's perfect!
lost_spook
Dec. 9th, 2015 05:25 pm (UTC)
I have a feeling I wrote a terrible poem about how they should bring back DW. But a short one!
swordznsorcery
Dec. 9th, 2015 06:34 pm (UTC)
Bring back "Doctor Who"
Please please do
I would be in heaven
If I could have more Seven.


:D
lost_spook
Dec. 10th, 2015 10:05 am (UTC)
That would be a work of art in comparison to the woolly memory I have of what I think I wrote...

Ah, well, we got Eight in the end, right?
swordznsorcery
Dec. 10th, 2015 05:02 pm (UTC)
Yep. :) I wish he'd done more on the telly, but he gave me a lot of happy years in print!
liadtbunny
Dec. 9th, 2015 01:00 pm (UTC)
I was menaced by a wasp today! Can't we have normal winter weather please?

Or 'Robin Hood: Prince of Theive' as my cinema ticket had it also 'Four Weddings and a Fun':) The other Robin Hood gets repeated regularly on freeview if UK TV watchers want to catch it.
swordznsorcery
Dec. 9th, 2015 05:21 pm (UTC)
"Four Weddings & A Fun" is clearly the child-friendly version, where Simon Callow goes away on holiday or something.

I haven't seen any wasps, but blimey, that is weird. Are we perfectly sure that it's December?
liadtbunny
Dec. 10th, 2015 12:49 pm (UTC)
I think it must be December as the cat is getting massively fatter and fatter, which she does every year. If it was summer she would have ribs;p
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