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"i just happen to be here, and it's okay." -caetano veloso


"sing a simple song but keep the swing strong." -de la soul


"think straight, keep a clean plate." -joanna newsom


"keep a clean nose, watch the plain-clothes." -bob dylan


"keep your feet warm, but keep your clothes on." -harry nilsson


"it took me about three or four weeks to toilet train my cat, nightlife. most of the time is spent moving the box very gradually to the bathroom." -charles mingus


"think about something else. was art tatum talented?" - shoot the piano player


"she had a chihuahua named carlos that had some kind of skin disease and was totally blind." -tom waits


"he had a huge room with nothing in it except this huge vast hammond organ, right next door to the police." -david bowie


"he's got a mind like a sewer, and a heart like a fridge" -elvis costello


"you can't hold the hand of a rock 'n' roll man." -joni mitchell


"lou's jukebox spun for love and many other things, too – beauty, pain, history, courage, mystery" - laurie anderson


"hey there, hey now, well, you can make a pacemaker blink, easy thing, make a man's heart go bibbity bom. -john cale


"i’ve still got things inside me, sad things, happy things, that people don’t know about." -loretta lynn


"to try to maximize the relationship of listening to a record through promotion is like experiencing driving a car by reading about stimulus programs." -bonnie 'prince' billy


"after cheesecake with all of your friends and family, who's gonna front the bill? me... say you want to take first-class trips, well i want to work those first-class hips. yes i do." -r. kelly


"too much cheesecake too soon! old money's better than new" -roxy music


"my mother used to tell me about vibrations. to think that invisible feelings, invisible vibrations existed scared me to death." -brian wilson


"i'm a lunatic, and you are so super cool." - george jones


"i'm an idiot for you." -iggy pop


"i mean every letter in the words in the sentences of my quotes." -lil' wayne


"lyrics choochoo from my mouth like locomotion." - pato banton


"i'm going to boogie my scruples away." -lowell george


"i drive a rolls-royce, cause it's good for my voice." -t.rex


"i'm dealing in rock and roll. i'm not a bonafide human being." -phil spector


"phil approached me with a bottle of kosher red wine in one hand and a .45 in the other, put his arm around my shoulder and shoved the revolver into my neck and said, 'leonard, i love you.' i said, 'i hope you do, phil.'" -leonard cohen


"they’d whisper at each other and look at phil and whisper at each other. finally this lady, tanked, comes over to phil and says, 'alright, sonny, what’s your problem?' and he said, 'premature ejaculation, what’s yours?'" -tom wolfe


"i bite my nails and if that fails i go get myself stoned, but when i do i think of you and head myself back home." -gram parsons


"i would say groucho marx, to name one thing, and willie mays, and the second movement of the jupiter symphony, and louis armstrong’s recording of potatohead blues, swedish movies, naturally. sentimental education by flaubert, marlon brando, frank sinatra, those incredible apples and pears by cézanne, the crabs at sam wo’s, tracy’s face." -woody allen


"where have you been all my life?" -emmylou harris, to my brother tommy


brian eno songs that will make good book titles for my 10-volume memoir, in order: here he comes, baby's on fire, golden hours, brutal ardour, taking tiger mountain, events in dense fog, through hollow lands, some of them are old, everything merges with the night, dead finks don’t talk


ry cooder albums that every man should own: into the purple valley, boomer's story, paradise and lunch


"really, we don't want people twiddling their goatees over our stuff." -radiohead


thelonious monk's middle name: sphere


#1 song on the white album (tie): long long long, happiness is a warm gun


"the only word is love." -john lennon


"i love songs about horses, railroads, land, judgment day, family, hard times, whiskey, courtship, marriage, adultery, separation, murder, war, prison, rambling, damnation, home, salvation, death, pride, humor, piety, rebellion, patriotism, larceny, determination, tragedy, rowdiness, heartbreak and love. and mother. and god." -johnny cash


"i could even find it in my heart to love mike love." -belle & sebastian


"the moon is clear, the sky is bright, i'm happy as the horse's shite." -the pogues


"i hope that you all out there, young, old, tall, short, fat or thin, quick or slow, no matter what kind or color or shape or person you are, if you like to make music, why, go ahead.” -pete seeger


"chuck berry isn't merely the greatest of the rock and rollers, or rather, there's nothing mere about it. say rather that unless we can somehow recycle the concept of the great artist so that it supports chuck berry as well as it does marcel proust, we might as well trash it." -robert christgau


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global history’s most beneficent and omnipotent monarchs, ranked:
1. king sunny ade
2. prince
3. queen jane
4. king tubby
5. prince far-i (above)
6. the princess bride
7. prince jazzbo
8. queen
9. king friday

global history’s most beneficent and omnipotent monarchs, ranked:

1. king sunny ade

2. prince

3. queen jane

4. king tubby

5. prince far-i (above)

6. the princess bride

7. prince jazzbo

8. queen

9. king friday

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Queen -1 Crazy little thing called love
by manon42

#496: queen - crazy little thing called love (1979)

even if there are infinitely glorious things about freddie mercury’s leather-clad band, like the knee pads he wears down a runway made up of hands clapping along to crazy little thing called love, or his buxom naked lady friends racing bicycles, or his ability to rhyme "moet et chandon in a pretty cabinet" with “just like marie antoinette,” “caviar and cigarettes,” “well-versed in etiquette,” and “playful as a pussy cat,” is it all worth it if the opening song of nbc’s brand new and sensational four-night epic a capella showdown event sing-off manages to utterly and permanently destroy queen’s under pressure?

we would lose a lot if queen and its delightful songs hadn’t existed in the first place, but on the plus side no one would ever have heard this terrifying televised atrocity—let alone the introduction from nick lachey (“group singing is a phenomenon, and tonight we are taking it to soaring new heights”), or his breathless response: “and they did that totally without instruments. amazing! amazing.” would that maybe be worth it? freddie mercury can’t answer, because he’s dead, but someone should ask bowie.

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if jesus christ were alive today, he’d very calmly nod his head and agree that the world needs less televised singing competitions and much more 70s queen cover art.

if jesus christ were alive today, he’d very calmly nod his head and agree that the world needs less televised singing competitions and much more 70s queen cover art.

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Queen - Bicycle Race
by Leo59

#50: queen - bicycle race (1978)

the only thing better than queen’s banned video for bicycle race (in which 65 models carry out the title of the song in the nude) is watching the video with spanish subtitles. please note that queen originally rented the bikes, but was reportedly forced to pay for all the bike seats after the rental store found out how the bikes had been used.

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chicas de trasero gordo, ustedes hacen girar al mundo… io si, chicas de trasero gordo, si, si, si! lyrics from queen’s fat bottomed girls, roughly translated from “fat bottomed girls, you make the rockin’ world go round… oh yeah, fat bottomed girls, yeah yeah yeah!”
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Queen-Killer queen
by manon42

#49: queen - killer queen (1975)

if you look up the word glamtabulous in the oxford english dictionary, you won’t see anything becasue it’s not technically a word. but if it were a word, you’d see freddie mercury’s face singing queen’s eponymous breakthrough single.

thus there would be this video, which features some really scary pointing from late frontman freddie “farrokh bulsara” mercury, and some air guitar (played on his trademark cut-off microphone stand), and some extravagant and extraneous gesticulations. and is he just wearing one leather glove? creepy.

meanwhile, 39th-greatest-ever guitarist brian may is donning a silver frock that simply cannot be opposed. check out those sleeve. (and did you know: the real queen made brian may a commander in the most excellent order of the british empire? it’s true.)

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