On the Shades Of Noir site Twitter page I have a weekly feature, Song Of The Week. Each week I say a few words about a song that has impacted me in some way that week. Here is the most recent Song Of the Week. Troy T. https://twitter.com/ShadesNoir/status/1162456614659592193?s=20
Queen has been in the spotlight of late. This is mainly the afterglow of the unexpected success of the Bohemian Rhapsody biopic. More recently the band had a big showing at the Academy Awards. One of my favorite scenes in the Bohemian Rhapsody movie is the brief appearance of the pre-Queen band Smile. The band, … Continue reading Song Spotlight: My Fairy King by Queen
Marc Martel recently released a stupendous EP of Queen cover songs entitled Thunderbolt and Lightning. If you are looking for a paint by numbers album of Queen covers this is not it. If you are an opened minded Queen fan looking for bold reinterpretations of beloved classics then you have struck gold. Martel's collection is … Continue reading Marc Martel’s Thunderbolt And Lightning – An Incredible Queen Covers EP
There is a fine line when it comes to cartooning and caricature. When creating a cartoon or caricature of a celebrity the main goal is to capture the likeness of that person. When creating a caricature an artist essentially hones in on someone's most prominent features and then exaggerates them. How far an artist goes … Continue reading Fantastic Art Featuring Freddie Mercury
Barcelona, Freddie Mercury's collaboration with opera superstar Montserrat Caballe, is his crowning achievement. I have long felt this way about this incredibly special album. Barcelona is the logical fulfillment of the bombastic pop/rock opera fusion that Freddie Mercury helped to create within the context of Queen. The music featured on the Barcelona album toned down … Continue reading Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballe
She Makes Me (Stormtrooper In Stilettos) is one of the most unusual songs in the Queen catalog. For a band as eclectic as Queen that is saying a lot. From the unusual song title to the music the song is unique. If I had the opportunity to discuss only one Queen song with Brian May, … Continue reading Song Spotlight: Queen – She Makes Me (Stormtrooper In Stilettos)
Open up your mind to one of the best covers of a Queen song. I say this because there are quite a few Queen cover/tribute albums out there. Most are serviceable, more or less sticking to basic re-recordings of the band's hits. As a fan why bother to listen to paint by numbers cover versions … Continue reading The Greatest Queen Cover Song?