Queen, “Brighton Rock”

“Brighton Rock” contains a little bit of everything that made Queen so special.

It’s not like it was in the '80s, when a single song like “Pretty In Pink” or “Eye Of The Tiger” could drive interest in an entire movie soundtrack. You usually need some kind of gimmick to drive interest in a soundtrack, like the way the Guardians Of The Galaxy films feature a plot point where the main hero constantly plays an old cassette tape left behind by his mother. The summer hit Baby Driver possesses an even more ingenious reason to showcase its music: The title character has a bad case of tinnitus that only an endless stream of tunes can temper.

Tracks chosen for the film run the gamut from old school funk to thumping hip hop to easy listening balladry. But the so-called “killer track” for the main character is “Brighton Rock,” an unforgettable blast of high-tempo classic rock courtesy of Queen. The song is the opening number on the band’s third studio album, 1974’s Sheer Heart Attack, and is notable for guitarist’s Brian May’s incredible showcase in the middle of song, a staggering combination of instrumental dexterity and studio innovation.

May also wrote “Brighton Rock,” but only could get into the studio to record it after suffering through some debilitating illnesses as the sessions were about to begin. “I was stuck in the hospital for a few weeks, and they did some stuff to me which was like a miracle,” said May. “I thought I was dead. Being ill like that may even have been a good thing at the time, because although it was pretty hellish going through it, I felt glad to be alive and I became able to hold things in perspective more and not get so wound up and worried about them to make myself... Sign In to Keep Reading

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