Greatest Hits: We Will Rock You Edition

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Bombastic rock group's finest moments, and then some.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Amid all the messages you probably don't want your kids taking to heart, there are endearingly sweet ones about friendship ("You're My Best Friend"), yearning for love ("Somebody to Love"), and other universal human emotions.

Positive role models

While most of the characters here don't descend to the level of the tragicomic antihero of "Bohemian Rhapsody," who wails to his mother about a murder he's just committed for no apparent reason, or the insatiable title character in "Killer Queen," this Greatest Hits album is not the place to go looking for laudable people. Still, some songs find their protagonists working their way through life's troubles in a positive, upbeat fashion.

Violence

The violence here is delivered with a hefty dose of comedy, so it's not to be taken entirely seriously, but "Bohemian Rhapsody" involves a protagonist who shoots another man and is now on the run from the law, causing operatic hijinks. "Another One Bites the Dust" involves machine-gun violence to a disco beat.

Sex

There's more innuendo and bawdiness than explicit sex. "Fat Bottomed Girls," in which the narrator forms his sexual preferences in the nursery thanks to his obese nanny's care, is, to say the least, politically incorrect; "Killer Queen," with its "let them eat cake" line and various geographical sex metaphors, is more nudge-nudge-wink-wink than obscene. 

Language

Lots of sexual innuendo, but no language issues to set off the censors of the day.

Consumerism

One song is "I'm in Love With My Car."

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking and smoking occur within the lyrics of these songs. The partaking characters are, for the most part, adults; the settings are sometimes decadent, sometimes not.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Greatest Hits: We Will Rock You Edition contains lots of sexual innuendo ("Killer Queen") and plain old bawdy bad taste ("Fat Bottomed Girls"), as well as tragicomic operatic gun violence ("Bohemian Rhapsody"), smoking, drinking, but no swearing -- and it's all delivered with a level of seriousness akin to that of contemporaries Monty Python. You'll also find sweet, romantic pop ballads and the iconic "We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions," soundtrack of innumerable athletic and political contests, not to mention commercials. One-of-a-kind, huge-voiced frontman Freddie Mercury (who famously died young of AIDS in 1991) is prancy, posturing, pathetic, or powerful as the occasion demands.

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What's the story?

Critics loved to hate Queen, which didn't stop the band from selling millions of records, in the United States and especially in the UK, in the '70s and '80s. Never ones to take themselves or anything else entirely seriously, Queen had a strong element of campy comedy in some of their biggest hits (notably \"Bohemian Rhapsody,\" \"Killer Queen,\" \"Another One Bites the Dust\"). But whatever their original intent, a lot of these songs helped define the era, and the anthem \"We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions,\" took on a whole new life in the following decades.

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GREATEST HITS: WE WILL ROCK YOU EDITION could probably have been pared a bit for U.S. tastes, as it includes a number of tunes that were greater hits in Britain than America. But it includes all the band's defining moments, including those that have worked their way into various corners of pop culture -- notably their biggest hit, "Bohemian Rhapsody," which only got bigger after it turned up in the movie Wayne's World, and stadium rocker "We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions," long a staple in sports, politics, and commercials.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why the '70s seemed to be a period of such excess in art and personal lifestyles.

  • What do you think "Bohemian Rhapsody" is about? As one young listener once asked, why are they yelling "Galileo! Galileo!"? What does Galileo have to do with any of this?

  • Why do you think this band was so popular with fans and got no respect from critics?

Music details

Artist:Queen
Release date:August 17, 2004
Type:Album
Label:Hollywood Records
Genre:Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 12 years old June 30, 2012
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13
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Fantastic

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old June 5, 2012
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7
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Awesome!

First of all, don't worry, I haven't heard fat bottomed girls, and if you're playing this album for your kids, it's not impossible to skip it. Second of all, I've never noticed anything bad about killer queen, and if that's in there, I haven't noticed it. Sure there is that one line in Bohemian Rhapsody, "Mama just killed a man put a gun against his head pulled my trigger now he's dead" but how is that extreme gun violence. Although I have heard the beginning of fat bottomed girls and thought it was the Doobie Brothers, I can see that that song probably way increased the rating. Another one bites the Dust mentions machine guns, but if you listen closely to pop, it's pretty bad too, especially rap. It's either you have you kid grow up on the good music that actually required tons of musical talent, or all the tech stuff. This album has awesome songs, and for people who like queen, you don't have to worry about playing a lot of their songs, because usually the meaning of the song is hard to find. Queen is one of my favorite bands! You know, except for Bicycle Races.
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Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byVengence128 September 2, 2012
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Queen Rock and Rolls!!

Overall I am a huge fan of Queen I like the songs Who Needs You and Somebody to Love but this album rocks as-well! Yes it contains Some Innuendo language but a 1/10 Scale, Don't worry and the violence should be 2/5 because mama just killed a man put a gun against his head pulled my trigger now he's dead but for overprotective parents Yes. I would have to say 3/5 and The Sexy Stuff Don't worry! Just one song called Fat Bottomed Girls but the music video has naked women riding on bikes around a stadium and Yes you can see there Breasts and Vagina but overall Queen is the best rock band Yet! So If you play it for your kids and they hate it.. don't worry just keep on playing it then they will like it, like I did with my sister :)
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Too much sex
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