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…

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