June 25, 1984: Roger Taylor is on a ‘Strange Frontier’

Roger_Taylor-Strange_frontierStrange Frontier is the second album by the English musician Roger Taylor. This album includes two covers as well as a heavier sound than the previous album. Although Taylor again played most of the instruments himself (drums, guitars, bass and keyboards) and did most of the vocals, there were some occasional cameos by producer David Richards (on synths and piano), Status Quo member Rick Parfitt (on rhythm guitar) and Queen’s bass guitarist John Deacon (on bass and mixing), Brian May (rhythm guitar on “Man on Fire“) and Freddie Mercury (additional keyboards, and it is rumoured Mercury did backing vocals on “Killing Time”, although this is speculative).

Multiple musical elements from the song “I Cry for You (Love, Hope and Confusion)” (the drum machine, harmonies, chord progressions and overall arrangement) would be reused for the Queen hit song “Radio Ga Ga“, released later the same year. [Wikipedia]

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June 22, 1979: Queen release ‘Live Killers’

Queen_Live_KillersLive Killers is a live album by the British rock band Queen. It received strongly negative reviews from critics on release. In a retrospective appraisal, Greg Prato of AllMusic found the initial reaction inexplicable, calling the album “an excellent document of Queen at the height of their ’70s arena rock powers”. [Wikipedia]

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June: Top of the Pops 1980 & 1981

1980: Volume 80 (SHM 3042)TOTP_Vol_80

Amongst the cover versions presented on this edition:

  • Theme From MASH [MASH]
  • Over You [Roxy Music]
  • No Doubt About It [Hot Chocolate]
  • Fool For Your Loving [Whitesnake]
  • We Are Glass [Gary Numan]
  • Funky Town [Lipps Inc]

Find more information at TOTP Vol 80.

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1981: Volume 86 (SHM 3080)TOTP_Vol_86

Amongst the cover versions presented on this edition:

  • Stand And Deliver [Adam & The Ants]
  • I Want To Be Free [Toyah]
  • Chequered Love [Kim Wilde]
  • Stars On 45 [Starsound]
  • One Day In Your Life [Michael Jackson]
  • You Drive Me Crazy [Shakin’ Stevens]

Find more information at TOTP Vol 86.

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More Top Of the Pops next month!

June 20, 1983: Iron Maiden release “The Trooper”

The_Trooper_song_cover“The Trooper” is a song by the English heavy metal band Iron Maiden. It was released as the second single from the band’s fourth studio album, Piece of Mind (1983). It was one of only a few songs to get much radio airplay in the US, thus peaking at No. 28 on the US Mainstream Rock charts. It also achieved success in the UK, peaking at No. 12 in the UK Singles Charts as well as gaining a much better reception than the band’s previous single, “Flight of Icarus“. [Wikipedia]

Watch the video on the Iron Maiden YouTube Channel.

June 19, 1989: Queen release “Breakthru”

Queen_Breakthru“Breakthru” is a song by the British rock band Queen. Written by Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor but credited to Queen, it was released from the album The Miracle. The single reached #7 in the UK, and peaked at number 6 in the Netherlands and Ireland, but failed to chart in the US. The song is remarkable for its video where the group is performing the song on an open platform of a fast-moving steam train. [Wikipedia]

Watch the video on the Queen Official YouTube Channel.

June 18, 1976: Queen releases “You’re My Best Friend”

“You’re My Best Friend” is a song by the British rock band Queen, written by bass guitarist John Deacon. It was originally included on the album A Night at the Opera in 1975, and later released as a single. In the US, “You’re My Best Friend” went to number sixteen. The song also appeared on the Live Killers (1979) live album and on the compilation albums Greatest Hits (1981), Absolute Greatest (2009) and Queen Forever (2014). [Wikipedia]

Watch the video on the Queen Official YouTube Channel.

June 17, 1996: Queen release “Let Me Live”

06-17-1996-Let_Me_Live“Let Me Live” is a song by Queen, from the album Made in Heaven. Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor and Brian May share lead vocals, with Mercury singing the first verse, Taylor singing the second verse & bridge, and May singing the last verse. During the choruses, all of the band members sing (except for John Deacon), as well as a background choir, giving it a gospel sound reminiscent of the band’s 1976 single “Somebody to Love”. The single reached #9 in the UK Single Charts. [Wikipedia]

Watch the video on the Queen Official YouTube Channel.