Viva Freddie! Mercury's 65th Birthday - Page 2
Then, in the coming decades, Freddie and Queen continually redefined popular music. They were camp; they did disco; they borrowed influences from gospel; they pushed boundary after boundary after boundary. They were, in their way, outrageous. They scored hit after hit after hit, and yet they were also an albums band. With music that contained so many different ingredients in their melting pot, Queen’s music attracts nearly everyone allow the spectrum. Not many acts can do that.
Google have commemorated Freddie’s birthday with their second ever video doodle, and even Katy Perry is dressing like Freddie to raise money for his charity. He is repeatedly ranked in the top, if not the top, vocalist or front-man in rock polls, and he is one of the few artists who you only need mention by his first name, and it is understood who you mean. If I were to focusing purely on appearances in culture, I could claim Freddie Mercury has changed popular music in so many ways simply by becoming an image for the immortal heights of perfected artistry which humans can achieve.
I have been hagiographic in my description here of Freddie. But why not? Few vocalists have had the impact Freddie has had, and I can think of none who, since him, have been able to hold all three musical orbs of ability with an instrument or instruments, ability to craft music and new styles and ideas, and to transform a stage into the centre of the world for those brief hours they appear there. The only person I think can be said to have reached near his talents is Lady Gaga, who has already shown that she is a musical chameleon like Bowie and Queen, and she might well be the best boundary-pusher popular music will see for a long time. And in her, you can see the influence of the Freddie stage-personality, but wreathed with her mass reserves of originality.Continued on the next page