The Disagreement Brian May And Roger Taylor Had About A Queen Hit

Queen has had a lasting impact on the rock scene throughout its career spanning 50 years. Brian May and Roger Taylor have preserved the band’s popularity in the rock scene by keeping the band’s legacy alive. The pair, who have been deeply passionate about creating together for most of their lives, have understood each other better over time and become friends. Still, it has often been difficult for them to agree on certain issues regarding their work.

The 1977 album ‘News of the World’ was one where Freddie Mercury and May remained slightly behind in songwriting compared to their previous works, and Taylor and John Deacon showed themselves more in this record. Roger contributed to this album with the songs ‘Sheer Heart Attack’ and ‘Fight from the Inside,’ which he wrote entirely. However, May and Taylor struggled to find common ground regarding one of those tracks.

Brian May And Roger Taylor Had Different Views On ‘Sheer Heart Attack’

The track was initially written for the same-titled album that dropped in 1974, but it did not appear on the record for multiple reasons. It later acquired an important place for the band and the music scene as it was considered a fair representation of punk rock with its tempo and abrupt ending.

Besides writing it, Roger Taylor contributed to the piece by playing several instruments. Although Brian May strengthened it by delivering the lead guitar and enthusiastic screams, he was not that eager when Taylor initially came up with the idea of this song, as he revealed talking in a past interview with Jonesy’s Jukebox in 2017.

The guitarist stated that his bandmate was conscious of the trends regarding music and other stuff. One day, he brought the idea of this song which had been on his mind for a while, saying the music industry was going in a more punk direction those days, and he wanted this punk track to be included on the album. Later, May revealed that he and Taylor are two people who think differently about anything.

He could not agree with Roger regarding this song because he had considered Queen a punk rock act since the beginning, and the singer laughingly ridiculed his way of thinking back then. Then the Queen icon praised his bandmate’s awareness of the trends, indicating he explored David Bowie before each of them. Brian also recalled how Taylor was excited after seeing Bowie’s show, where the audience carried the singer off their shoulders.

Brian May said the following about the track:

“‘Sheer Heart Attack’ is Roger’s track. Roger was the one guy in the band who was aware of what was going on around him – very aware of fashions and trends in music and stuff. But he had that track for quite a while – he had it in his head, and he went, ‘I want this on the album. The things are going the punk way, and this is my punk track.’ And I thought, ‘What is this racket?’ Roger and I are famously never in agreement about anything. And I was not in that frame at all. Because in my mind, I think we were punks anyway from the beginning—my strange, deranged brain.

But Roger was, and still is, the guy who’s aware of trends. He was aware of David Bowie long before any of us knew who he was. He went to a David Bowie show, and I remember him saying, ‘He was amazing! He got the audience all with him, and then they carried him off on their shoulders.’ And that was ‘The Man Who Sold the World’ album.”

You can check out the song below.