Happy Birthday Roger Taylor!

Legendary Queen drummer Roger Taylor turns 65 today. Happy Birthday Roger! Absolute genius on the drums! 🙂

To celebrate let’s take a look at six Queen songs over the years. You know you want to! 🙂

Bohemian Rhapsody

Another One Bites the Dust

Breakthru

The Miracle

Don’t Stop Me Now

I Want To Break Free

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Innuendo By Queen Review!

Listening to Innuendo by Queen (1991) is sad for any Queen fan because you know that Freddie Mercury was near the end of his life at the time. Up to the end Mercury displayed his vocals to supreme effect leaving us all inspired and in awe as he did through all his music with Queen and indeed in his solo career as well. Innuendo is a strong album flowing from thundering rock classics into emotive rock pieces with ease. Let’s take a look at each track in detail:

Innuendo

The title track on the album opens proceedings. It has this dramatic intro which starts the album in good style. This song is theatrical rock at it’s finest mixed in with a gospel feel. There is a perfect mash-up of so many styles of music that normally wouldn’t go together or that most bands wouldn’t dare put together. That’s something you have got to love about Queen. Their fearless attitude. The build-up of the music throughout is also spot-on.

I’m Going Slightly Mad

This song by Queen is quirky and fun with a very catchy chorus. I was singing along to it once with my earphones in and my mum asked my sister what I was singing. I think she thought I’d lost it or something. My sister had to explain it was the song! 🙂

Headlong

This is a thundering, powerful rock song that has that whole movie soundtrack feel. It has an 1980s’ feel to it and is constructed brilliantly. The guitar is amazing in it. It thunders headlong into your ears and through to your brain!

I Can’t Live With You

I Can’t Live With You is a very catchy, understated tune which is constructed with simplitic beauty.

Don’t Try So Hard

This is a beautiful song and is one of my favourite songs from Innuendo. It just has this beautiful story and lyrics which are inspiring and comforting. What I take from it is that you don’t need to be who other people think you should be or achieve what they think you should achieve. That all you need to do is try your best.

Ride The Wild Wind

Like Headlong, Ride The Wild Wind is a classic thundering rock song that has you headbanging along in an instant. Brimming with attitude.

All God’s People

This has a gospel feel to it. You almost feel like you are in a Church in America. Freddie Mercury was a fantastic rock singer but he was a great singer full-stop. He could sing anything. Gospel, soul, opera … there is a lot of different styles which run through any Queen record and Mercury sang all these styles with effortless ease.

These Are The Days Of Our Lives

It is difficult to listen to this song without thinking of the video for the song. I find that anyway. Every time I hear it I feel quite emotional. This is understated and beautiful and a stunningly written portrait of life. The guitar solo is beautiful and Mercury’s voice has a very storyteller-esque quality to it.

Delilah

This is quite a quirky, romantic song. The thing that always makes me smile in this song is the cat sounds! I love them! 🙂

The Hitman

At first I thought this song was called The Hippie. That aside, The Hitman is thundering and full of power. There is a fantastic guitar solo in this song and the flow of the song completely works. Been a hippie of course I would have preferred it to have been called The Hippie but it might not have been rock ‘n’ roll enough. One can’t have everything in life I suppose!

Bijou

This is mainly an instrumental song except for a short part of Freddie singing. It has a very unique, stunning intro and has quite a haunting quality. Beautifully done.

The Show Must Go On

Dramatic and theatrical the closing track has a beautiful flow to it from tempo to tempo. It is very emotive and a great song to build up the ‘ole self-esteem. Stunning, strong and powerful.

23 Sexy Men Through The Years!

Have you ever flicked through magazines with pics from the past or seen a past star online and thought if I had have been out in your day I’d have had a crush?

Well that’s exactly what this blog post is all about, men who I have thought that about. I’ve narrowed the list down to 23 handsome men throughout the years and their in no particular order (Well I’ve put all the music guys together, guys in fashion together and the actors together but in terms of gorgeousness it’s no particular order.). From sexy rock gods to actors with sensual charm with two gorgeous popstars, a smouldering man who served in the U.S. Navy in Word War II, a beautiful poet, a very handsome fashion photographer and a strikingly handsome fashion designer, take a minute, sit back and enjoy a trip down memory lane sexy-style! 🙂

1.   Marc Bolan

Look at those eyes! Piercing, deep … swoon! 🙂 The frontman of T. Rex Marc Bolan looked every inch the star and a great looking man. He oozed sex appeal which is something most rockers do ooze and aren’t we all glad they do?! 🙂

2.   Kurt Cobain

Gorgeous blue eyes and flowing blonde locks! Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was simply a beautiful man. I remember the first time I seen him was in a picture inside the locker of a girl at school and I thought he’s good-looking to myself but I didn’t know who he was. At that stage I only knew Smells Like Teen Spirit. Cobain came across as very gentle and kind on YouTube videos I seen of him and that’s attractive too!

3.   Roger Taylor

I am a huge Queen fan and I don’t actually think any of Queen was bad-looking men but in opinion something stood out about Roger Taylor. The drummer was just this incredibly gorgeous blonde guy! Cute with edge! 🙂

4.   Phil Lynott

Again I’m a massive fan of Thin Lizzy! They were our Irish rock heroes! And frontman Phil Lynott had this magnistism about him which was intoxicating. You could lost in his eyes, couldn’t you? 🙂 A beautiful, beautiful Irishman with immense musical talent!

5.   Jim Morrison

I think everyone fancied The Doors’ frontman Jim Morrison. He was so complex that you wonder how his wife Pamela Courson put up with him and why. Then you look at him and you understand why! Jim Morrison was kind of sex appeal personified in his leather trousers and with his overall sexiness. He had this sexual stare, he was so hot it was almost intimidating. I mean it was a kind of an exciting, wild, sexual danger that can be quite enticing.

6.   Billy Idol

English rock star Billy Idol was incredibly sexy. His Rolling Stone cover was super hot! The Dancing With Myself and White Wedding singer just looked gorgeous and hot in photographs. He was intensely sexy! 🙂

7.   Jeff Buckley

I remember an album was released of Jeff Buckley’s music and the ad was on the TV. I hadn’t heard of him at that time and the ad went quite quick so I thought he was a new artist and you know, he looks good-looking, a new crush. It was only after that I realised he had died many years before. He was very young like quite a few men on this list when he died. But when he was alive he was a very gorgeous man with a haunting voice and great musical talents.

8. Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix was an amazing guitarist but he was also very attractive. There was a very sexual feel to his stage performances and I remember watching a documentary on him and he was sitting on a bed talking and I was thinking this must have been good for peoples’ healths back then! 🙂 Like many guys on this list he was also very individualistic and that’s a very attractive quality in a person. 🙂

9. Iggy Pop

There was something incredibly sexualised about Iggy Pop’s stage performances. I recently was watching a program called Anarchy In Manchester and his performance of Passenger was just something else! 🙂 Beautiful dark features he had and was very attractive in that whole time of punk.

10. Adam Ant

Adam Ant with eyeliner around his eyes? Oh heaven! 🙂 It just went so well with his dark, amazing eyes. I even used that picture in a fashion project I done in college about Gothic looks. And of course he looked damn beautiful in the project. He was incredible looking and those eyes, wow! 🙂

11. Brian Jones

Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones’ beauty just oozes out of pictures. Fit as hell!

12. David Bowie

With sex appeal to burn David Bowie always looked downright hot!

13. Andrew Ridgeley

I know almost everybody back in the day of Wham! was besotted by George but I think I would have fancied Andrew. He didn’t tend to sing much but he looked absolutely stunning! 🙂

14. Chris Lowe

I used to watch the video to the Pet Shop Boys’ West End Girls when I was younger and I used to kind of think to myself that the little, dark-haired lad at the back was quite handsome. That lad of course was Chris Lowe! 🙂

15.   Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent I first seen in a book on fashion I borrowed from the library and he was just this incredibly handsome man. Long before it was fashionable, Saint Laurent was making geeky chic and he had this lovely personality too. I know he was criticised quite a lot for his shy personality but I thought it was just gorgeous! 🙂

16. David Bailey

Fashion photographer David Bailey more known for his work behind the camera was also pretty damn photogenic himself! With gorgeous deep eyes that looked mysterious and dark hair he was a gorgeous man who could have anyone he wanted. Gorgeous! 🙂

17.Frankie Merlo

Frankie Merlo was and came into the whole arts/culture world when he started dating and subsequently living with writer Tennessee Williams. I mean look at him, he was the epitome of handsome sophistication. Tennessee Williams done very well for himself indeed! Frankie was supposed to be liked by almost everyone who met him and I would have thought he was fantastic too. He seemed a really nice, down-to-earth person and I would have loved to have been besties with him! 🙂

18.   James Dean

What can you add to a comment about James Dean’s beauty which hasn’t already been said?! I think everyone fancied James Dean, didn’t they? And it’s easy to see why. The Rebel Without a Cause star oozed sex appeal and brooding masculinity. He was just incredibly handsome. Each feature just perfect. Those piercing eyes that pierce right through you, full of cool, casual swagger and almost uneffortlessly handsome. Stunning, stunning, stunning! 🙂

19. Montgomery Clift

I read about Montgomery Clift before I ever seen what he looked like in Truman Capote’s biography and he seemed a nice man but quite troubled at the end of his life. He was an amazingly natural actor who starred in movies such as I Confess, Lonelyhearts and Suddenly, Last Summer and he had these incredible eyes which in his roles were so emotive and convincing. Very, very handsome man.

20. Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando oozed that sophisticated, very strong air. Some scenes in Tennessee’s Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire when he gets all angry are really rather hot and it’s very easy to see why he was such a sex symbol back in the day! 🙂 He had such a fabulously chiseled face with brooding deep eyes and very kissable lips.

21. Errol Flynn

Australian-American actor Errol Flynn was a smouldering, beautiful man with a gorgeous smile. He played Robin Hood and needs to be seen in tights!:-) Other roles this very sexy man was in included Against All Flags, Mara Maru and Montana.

22. Anthony Andrews

I’m a huge Brideshead Revisited fan and Anthony Andrews was this gorgeous blonde hunk! 🙂 He played the role of Sebastian Flyte and while Jeremy Irons who played Charles wasn’t hard on the eye either there is just something about Andrews. Watch him smoking in his role as Sebastian. It’s kind of sexy! 🙂

23. Lord Alfred Douglas

Poet Lord Alfred Douglas was probably more known for been Oscar Wilde’s boyfriend which in a sense was a shame because I’ve read some of his poetry and it’s quite good. Reading about his story with Oscar, you do get the impression that maybe Oscar loved him a bit more than he loved him and when you look at Lord Alfred with those delicate, beautiful features, gorgeous eyes, soft blonde hair you can see how he became so besotted by him. If I was a man back then and Lord Alfred showed a bit of interest then I think I would have been caught hook, line and sinker too to be fair! 🙂

Children In Need & Band Aid 30: Charity Fever Takes Over! Yay!

Children In Need has been a TV fixture of my life since I was a kid and I’ve always loved the adorable Pudsey! 🙂

And this year for 2014 the TV extravaganza was out again in full force raising much-needed funds to help children and young people all over Britain with Sir Terry Wogan, Nick Grimshaw, Rochelle Humes, Tess Daly and Fearne Cotton on presenting duties. Throughout the night we seen short clips about the stories of children and young people and causes which the money would help and it’s really heartbreaking to see. It makes you very thankful for your own health and that of your loved ones and really hits home just how important it is that as much money is raised as possible.

Here is five highlights from the many high points on the night! Enjoy! 🙂

The official BBC Children In Need single

The single this year was a cover of Avicii’s Wake Me Up by Gareth Malone’s All Star Choir composing of Mel Giedroyc, Linda Robson, Fabrice Muamba, Nitin Ginatra, Craig Revel Horwood, John Craven, Radzi Chinyanganya, Jo Brand, Margaret Alphonsi, Alice Levine, Larry Lamb and a childrens’ choir. The song has went in straight at number 1 in the UK.

S Club 7 Greatest Hits Medley

I was a huge fan of S Club 7 when I was younger especially album track “Boy Like Me”. Yeah that was on repeat when I was younger! 🙂 So it was lovely to see them back.

Susan Boyle

I just love Susan Boyle’s voice. Amazing as always! 🙂

Tom and Jerry

Here’s a real blast from the past from my childhood! 🙂 The animation is great on this and who doesn’t love Tom and Jerry?! 🙂

Eastenders’ Grease

Eastenders are always very entertaining on Children In Need and this year was no exception!

BBC Song

I love the original of this song God Only Knows by The Beach Boys and I think everyone does a great job on it for a worthy cause. There’s many stars involved including Brian May, Sam Smith, Dave Grohl, Florence Welch, Chris Martin, Jaime Cullum, Chrissie Hynde, Pharrell Williams, Elton John, Emeli Sandé, Kylie Minogue, Ellie Goulding, Stevie Wonder, Gareth Malone, Jools Holland and Paloma Faith as well as original Beach Boys’ member Brian Wilson and a youth choir and orchestra.

For more go to:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2R3PxWX7hzMb8lNZs3Ngz5L/god-only-knows

To find all the ways to donate to this amazing cause go to:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/22w0vNWLPftNlYjwPtclpDw/donate

Meanwhile on The X Factor at the weekend, Sir Bob Geldof made a thought-provoking speech about the new Band Aid 30 song in aid of helping raise funds for the Ebola crisis.

Geldof said,

‘Thanks Simon for allowing us to do this, this is hardcore, to allow X factor nation to do this, it is an enormous production, this thing [Ebola] could arrive here on a plane any time. This is the most anti-human disease but we can stop it, and we will stop it, and we will support those immensely brave NHS doctors and soldiers who have volunteered, and the government who are leading the world on this. At 8am tomorrow morning, for the first time this is about us, buy this thing, buy five by ten, it’s a great track, we wanted to show you the context of how this was done only yesterday’.

The track, Do They Know It’s Christmas?, has a whole host of stars on board including Roger Taylor, Bono, Sinead O’Connor, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Chris Martin, Guy Garvey, Bastille, One Direction and Olly Murs.

To help you can pre-order the track on iTunes.

Geldof said,

“It’s a song, it’s a track, but it’s an event and the next stage is to turn it into a phenomenon like it was in the eighties. And the only way to do that is to get people to buy the thing. Spare me this free economy. Spare me Spotify and YouTube. There’s a donate button on YouTube. Hit the donate button. It’s a badge of honour to have this on your phone or on your iPod, or whatever the hell you’re using. And don’t buy one, buy several. Give them to your mates.”

View the song’s video here:

But remember to support and please help the cause too if you can. 🙂

Director Leaves Freddie Mercury Biopic Film!

Director Dexter Fletcher has left the Freddie Mercury biopic film Mercury.

Director Dexter Fletcher has left the Freddie Mercury biopic over creative differences with producer Graham King. Mercury has went into “soft pre-production” and is set to start filming this summer.

The film will star Emmy-winning actor Ben Whishaw as the late Freddie Mercury.

Variety says: ‘Sources say they were some back and forth not just with (Graham) King and Fletcher but Whishaw who also wanted changes made to the script and that these changes were taking to long to fix and eventually led to King letting Fletcher go.’

Whishaw took over from Sacha Baron Cohen was reported to have left due to similar reasons to Fletcher. However Mercury’s fellow Queen band member Brian May said these reports were “sensationalist”.

The film Mercury is now in “Pre-production” and is due to start filming this summer. King hopes to have a new director soon. However Variety has reported that the starting date may have to be changed so as not to clash with Whishaw’s work on the new Bond film.