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Discussion in 'Recording' started by took-the-red-pill, Aug 8, 2005.

  1. took-the-red-pill

    took-the-red-pill Active Member

    Hi guys,

    Just wondering if anyone is privy to the details as to how Queen got that most famous percussion sound in history?

    Not trying to copy it or rip it off, just curious.

  2. took-the-red-pill

    took-the-red-pill Active Member

    Sorry to be one of those characters who asks a question and then answers it himself :-? but I figured I'd Google it one more time and I lucked out.

    This from a Guitar World interview with Brian May in 1993. I hope the Copyright Police don't kick in my door and haul me awayfor including it here:

    We Will Rock You

    "That was a response to a particular phase in our career when the audience was becoming a bigger part of the show than we were. They would sing all the songs. In a place like Birmingham, they'd be so vociferous that we'd have to stop the show and let them sing to us. So both Freddie and I thought it would be an interesting experiment to write songs with audience participation specifically in mind. My feeling was that everyone can stamp and clap and sing a simple motif. We did that record at Wessex, which is an old converted church that has a naturally good sound to it. There are no drums on there. It's just us, stamping on boards many times with many primitive delay machines and clapping. A bit of singing, a bit of guitar playing and that's it."

  3. pr0gr4m

    pr0gr4m Well-Known Member

    This past christmas I got a DVD of them live from a concert in the late 70's. They open up with a completely different version of that song that's just a balls out rock song and now I wish that they had recorded that version, cuz it R O C K S!

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