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WRITING ASSIGNMENT PROPOSAL

FirstName LastName
Course Title
May 26, 2022

 

Artist/Group:  Queen Band

Song:  Another One Bites the Dust

Citation: 

Kaloudis, Naomi. “Before Queen: Vergil and the Musical Tradition of Sampling Popular Song.” The Classical Journal 114, no. 4 (2019): 488-506.

Queen is a musical band with its origin in London in the early 1970s. The music group majored in composing and playing rock music. It was famously known for making heat songs that captured a worldwide following and had moral lessons to the general human society. The visionaries of the group were Harold Brian May, Freddie Mercury and Rojas Meddows Taylor[1]. In addition, the group’s three founding members contributed vehemently to its success by taking on some of the significant tasks in the group. They provided both skills and administration of the vision as they were talented differently. Harold May was the Band’s lead guitarist and a good vocalist, Mercury was the Band’s lead vocalist and a pianist, while Rojas Meddows was both the team’s drummer and a singer. John Richard Deacon, who was the Band’s bass player, was also a good songwriter and did write several songs sung by the Band, with them winning worldwide recognition as rock music heat of the time. Some of the songs written by John Richard included; another one Bites the Dust, I want to break free, and you are my best friend. Among the composition of John Richard, each of the songs ranked high among the world’s best hits of the time.

Initially, the Queen Band focused on essential Rock music; however, due to market demand and developments in the music arena, the team began to explore other genres of music. The main quest for exploring different advanced genres of rock music was due to the demand from radio and broadcasting stations. Hence, there was a need to play the music that resonated with radio consumers, which influenced their reinvention. As a result, there were other subgenres of rock music such as pop-rock, progressive rock, heavy metal and Arena rock[2]. Such developments in their music helped the team to remain competitive in the industry and attract significant followership. 

Queen Band grew gradually from inception through the publicity made possible by the various albums they released from time to time. Among the many albums produced by the Queen band, the most influential albums that brought the team to the global limelight included; the eponymous debut studio album of 1973, the Queen two album of 1974, and A night at the opera Sheer heart attack of 1975[3]. Post the 1980s, the queen band continued to produce other albums which won global recognition, ranking them as the most prominent worldwide rock band. Also, some of the albums released by the Band in the late 1970s ended up becoming sporting activities anthems. These included; we are the champions, we will rock you and news of the world albums. Queen rock band also managed to win several global labels before the 21st century. Such titles consist of; Hollywood Disney music group records, Parlophone Germany British label, Island record by the universal music group and Virgin EMI award label. The Queen Band was active until the last decade of the 20th century, when one of the founders, Mercury, passed on in 1991, and Deacon retired in 1997. Though the remaining members continued to play music in other bands, the giant image of Queen Band began to vanish from the industry. 

During the period of its dominance in the rock music industry, Queen Band has to a great extent, influenced the popular culture of groups of people at home and abroad. Ideologies that affect the individual opinions and attitudes towards different aspects of life would commonly be referred to as popular culture[4]. The Aspects of human life that are vulnerable to influence by popular culture include; social issues, political issues, nationality, and ethnic and cultural identity. Media productions such as video and music have a far more far-reaching effect than imagined. Most people from across world cultures resonate with such media productions and have their views on gender identity, social class, sexuality, race and immigration influenced. 

The presence of Queen Band had an impact on different social issues that were intended and otherwise. Firstly, the fact that the Band is comprised of all males participating in both singing and playing the musical equipment influences the views of gender identity in artistry[5]. The phenomenon painted the art of musicality and playing various musical instruments as a gender-sensitive role. Thus most females in the society would go for other artistic works in the industry. Such influence over society’s perception of gender and musicality could have a far-reaching impact just as the Queens music releases would reach. It’s not astonishing that the rock music genre was not performed by a significant number of females in the 1960-2000 space.

Most of the albums released by the Band were conducted abroad in America or in high-end places in England. Such moves associated the rock music with well to do Cadres of the social class globally. During the Launching of Queen Band albums, it equally followed that most of the attendants were the top class in society, creating the perception that the well would only consume the music genre to do persons in the community[6]. Although this perception was not intended, it is a reality of rock music and came about due to the Band’s mode of operation. Even in the current dispensation, rock music has not been so much esteemed among the low rated social class members of the society. The classifications of both race and ethnicity-based on socioeconomic categories are directly linked to the eminence of the rock music genre played by the Queen from the last more than five decades.

In the first half of the 19th Century, Rock music had not yet been developed. The primary genre of music was jazz music which was played in nightclubs by large bands[7]. The genre had grown to the extent of having the people from the white race become singers, music players and band leaders despite it having its roots in the blacks. However, during the Vietnam civil war, the fight was long and costly, leading to the need for nations allied to Vietnam, especially the American, to save money and minimize costs. In the quest to cut costs for the Second World War, it was difficult for large bands to traverse different countries for performance. Thus most bands were resized by accommodating a few members, especially those who are multi-talented. The downsizing aspect also led them to adopt a new genre of music that came from blending jazz beats, country and blues. The new genre was then referred to as rockabilly, which eventually evolved into rock music.

Unexpectedly, Rock music was generally received among the youth regardless of their socioeconomic class. This phenomenon came as a significant issue in the music career of the Queen Band since it appeared to defy the status quo about rock music. Towards the end of the 1970’s decade, the albums released by Queen Band went viral on the global stage leading to an equating effect among both white and black young generations. Most parents were against their young ones listening to rockabilly music since it was strange and different from the genres they had been used to growing up[8]. Also, since rockabilly music had its origin in the black Americans, most white parents who were sensitive to race were against the genre. However, the genre was irresistible among both white and black youngsters at the time; to target the young generation, most rock artists, including Queen, composed songs related to issues that would interest the youth, such as love stories, games, and suspense. The teenagers turning into youth across different world cultures would be curious to hear and identify with rock music compositions as it was seen as a new fashion. Those so much carried by the wave would go to the extent of dressing like the rock music stars who wore a leather jacket and jeans trousers. 

The song titled another one Bites the dust was an exciting title for the youngsters. The song’s lyrics portray both a war-like situation and a romantic scenario. As a result, this song stood out as one of Queen’s most iconic compositions[9]. The first line of the song talks of a person moving towards a gunfight, probably a gangster. The phrase Biting the dust also has its roots in the American prohibition period, where organized syndicate groups like the Chicago crime family resisted the legislative move to ban alcohol. The song’s second line brings in a romantic controversy where the singer states being deserted by his lover and seeks to understand the contentment she would find in the breakup. The line brings the sense of another lover who has been given a raw deal in a romantic relationship. The song’s final line was generally applicable to the first two lines. The singer states that regardless of the hurdles they may face, they will remain strong. The arrangement seemed to portray an un-bowing attitude to pressure and resistance. Other than the superficial meaning of the song, the immediate community interpreted the song based on the prevailing situations at the time.

The term biting the dust used in the song denotes someone dying or facing a raw deal in a romantic relationship. This aspect of the piece to cut through different themes was a catchment tactic as it attracted a more significant number of people. The young people and teenagers were more interested in the romantic music of the song[10]. In contrast, the song came shortly after the Vietnam War and during the prohibition period in America for the general people. The United States of America, being allied to Vietnam, was almost directly involved in the war, and hence most citizens were conscious of the happenings in the foreign nation. During the prohibition period in the US, there was a constitutional ban on the manufacturing, distribution and consumption of alcoholic beverages in the country. During that time, there was a rise in many activist groups that remained organized outfits until the era of rock music genres. The song, another one bites the dust, appeared to be relevant to the activist ensembles and syndicate groups as they led the resistance against the ban on alcoholism, prostitution, loansharking, extortion and other vices.

On the other hand, the general message of the song was more received by gangster groups and rebellious teenagers as they continued with their pursuits even though the song writer did not intend to radicalize such groups[11]. The song’s message was not only embraced for harmful objectives but also in TV shows, films, and sporting events. Moreover, the music resonated with a wide range of human intents, including the fight for civil rights, the fight against racism, Romance, the quest for women’s rights and activism. Such factors made the song “Another one bites the dust” trend globally, influencing almost all groups of human communities.

 

 

Bibliography/References

Kaloudis, Naomi. “Before Queen: Vergil and the Musical Tradition of Sampling Popular Song.” The Classical Journal 114, no. 4 (2019): 488-506.

Bacon, Scott D. “Modern Rock.” (2020).

Johnes, Martin. “Consuming popular music: Individualism, politics and progressive rock.” Cultural and Social History 15, no. 1 (2018): 115-134.

Clement, Guillaume. ““We Will Rock You”: an Assessment of Queen’s Significance in 1970s British Rock History.” Etudes anglaises 71, no. 1 (2018): 29-41.

Bogt, Tom T., William W. Hale, and Andrik Becht. ““Wild Years”: Rock Music, Problem Behaviors and Mental Well-being in Adolescence and Young Adulthood.” Journal of youth and adolescence 50, no. 12 (2021): 2487-2500.

Wolfe, Paula. Women in the studio: Creativity, control and gender in popular music production. Routledge, 2019.

Ragland, Christian Matthew. “Resistance to a Transition: How Emerging Genres Navigate Social Resistance.” (2020).