“Queen: 1977 We Are The Champions – The Show Stopper” — Watch the Latest Entry in Band’s History YouTube Series

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The latest episode of Queen: The Greatest, the English band‘s YouTube series exploring its vaunted history, was premiered on Friday, and tackles one of the group’s most enduring classics: “We Are the Champions.”

It followed a two-part exploration of the story behind “We Will Rock You,” also another of Queen’s most-beloved contributions to music (and pop culture). This time, the focus is partly on the reception of the media to “We Are the Champions” — specifically, questions of “arrogance” and “modesty” as it pertains to the track’s grandiosity.

Per a news release:

[Interviewer] “And only Queen could come up with the title, “We Are The Champions.” I mean, where’s the modesty gone?”

Roger and Freddie rose to the moment in characteristic style:

Roger Taylor: “Well there isn’t any. No modesty whatsoever. After the slagging off we get from the English music press, I mean who cares? We’ve got nothing to lose now.”

Freddie Mercury: “Oh, I’m a cold, heartless bugger. No, it has absolutely nothing. It’s just pure commercial, call it what you like. It’s the most egotistical and arrogant song I’ve ever written.”

Brian May sets out to explain:

Brian May: “I think we were all just mildly shocked, ‘cos it sounded so, kind of, arrogant. But of course, it only takes a moment’s thought to realize that “We Are The Champions” doesn’t just mean me, and my pals, it means all of us.

“But, you know, it came from him and there was a kind of delicious arrogance to Freddie, and I think, if I’m truthful, I think, you know, the very first meaning of it probably was that we were, you know, damn right. We were dragged through all kinds of hell by people, but we emerged victorious.”

Freddie Mercury: “Basically it is a participation thing. I’m just thinking in terms of how we, maybe, we’re going to adapt it on stage and how people are going to… It’s a public, public stroke group thing really.”

Watch the episode below:

As for the previous installments in the Queen — The Greatest series, here’s a handy YouTube playlist so you can catch up on what you’ve missed thus far.


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