According to Brian and Roger, Freddie Mercury’s Queen faced “a lot of resistance” when it came to the Flash Gordon album.
In the latest episode of Queen the Greatest, Brian May and Roger Taylor discuss how FREDDIE MERCURY’S Queen experienced “a lot of pushback” while recording the Flash Gordon movie soundtrack album.
This week’s Queen the Greatest episode takes us back to 1980, when Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon were balancing two albums. In addition to The Game, the band recorded a music for the film Flash Gordon. While the film was well-received in the United Kingdom at the time and is now considered a cult classic, there were substantial suspicions about Queen’s role in the soundtrack, which the band had to overcome.
“It was an interesting offer really from [producer]Dino De Laurentiis, and Joe Smith, the head of Elektra Records, engineered the whole thing really,” Roger Taylor recalled.
“It was also interesting since the picture was a huge hit in Europe and the United Kingdom but a complete bomb in America.”
“I feel quite proud of the Flash thing, because truly this was the first time that a rock soundtrack had actually been placed to a movie that wasn’t about rock music,” Brian added later, referring to the Flash Gordon movie becoming a cult VHS.
“There was a lot of opposition to it, and a lot of people, including Dino, claimed it wouldn’t work.”
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Brian explained, “When he first heard it, he thought, ‘Oh, it’s not going to work for my picture,’ because of the rock music.”
“However, he quickly grew accustomed to the concept, and in the end, he adored it.”
Roger recalled Brian’s involvement in the project and how the Queen guitarist was in charge of the soundtrack.
“It really did forge quite a bit,” the drummer added. You’ve never heard heavy rock music in a film before, and a lot of it was fairly heavy, so this combat sequence is truly groundbreaking.”
Before Roger added, “With now you can’t see a movie without soundtrack CDs coming at you and hard music,” Brian stated that he feels it was the first genuine cinematic soundtrack to heavy rock.
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