Today would have been Freddie Mercury‘s 60th birthday.
Mercury, with Queen, can pretty much be credited for any interest I might have in music. For a long time they were the only band I listened to. I spent part of the summer of 1997 in Slovenia with my parents. We would drive our rental car from our hotel to the interesting parts of the country, me in the back listening to Queen Rocks on my then-new Sony discman. Even then I attached particular significance to "No One But You", the surviving band-members’ tribute to Mercury.
To this day there is more Queen in my CD collection than any other artist. If anything can be considered to be my all-time favourite song, "Bohemian Rhapsody must surely be it. My pubescent unrequited crushes were made bearable by endless listening to "You’re My Best Friend" and "Somebody to Love". "Fat Bottomed Girls" gave me my… um… healthy body image. Yes, that will do.
Needless to say Queen will be on heavy rotation in iTunes today.