Thursday, May 22, 2008

I am going slightly mad!

(Post from my previous blog. Originally posted on September 29, 2006)

I was browsing the web and found a link to the video of "I am going slightly mad" by Queen.

The video is quite funny and humorous and is played by Freddie Mercury. But the wikepedia link on the song wrote that:

Although the song appears to be very humorous and light-hearted, many people believe the song has darker undertones and is inspired by AIDS-induced dementia and that it tells how he felt in his fight against the disease.

I found more facts about Freddie which I didn't know before. His parents were Indian Parsis. He attended his schooling in Mumbai. He is the first Indian and Persian rock star. He later moved to England and stayed there for the rest of his life. Guns and Roses singer Axl Rose was a devoted fan of Freddie and Kurt Cobain of Nirvana referred to Freddie in his suicide note.

Freddie died in November 1991 at the age of 45 due to bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS. There is a statue of him in Montreux, Switzerland and the British Government a stamp in his honor. Freddie is still popular in Britain it seems and he was ranked at No. 58 in the 2002 list of "100 Greatest Britons", sponsored by the BBC and voted for by the public.

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